|2008 to present|
PSS started in 2008, with our Hope in Action youth conference. This successful event connected 14 local non-profits in the Eugene/Springfield area to 300 students from our local schools. Ten years later, this biannual conference continues to inspire and empower over 500 students per year.
- Keynotes (past and present): former Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, superintendents from the 4J and Bethel districts, student leaders, teachers, storytellers, and many others.
- Workshops educators (past and present): School Garden Project, BRING, Lane County Waste Management, City of Eugene, University of Oregon, EWEB, MECCA, and many, many others.
|2009 to present|
PSS became the Oregon Green Schools coordinator, for schools in the Lane County region, in 2009.
- We help schools with the OGS application process, and assist them in completing green projects.
- Schools in Lane County that certify at the Entry-level, or upgrade to the Merit or Premier levels of the program, become eligible for a $500 incentive grant from Lane County Waste Management Division.
|2009 to Present|
PSS developed two in-class educational programs:
- Cool School Challenge climate education (2010-2012). Working with the University of Oregon, PSS created standards-based climate lessons for 3rd through 8th graders. This curriculum was used for 2 years in many local schools.
- Green Partnership Schools (GPS) program (2013 to present); standards-based lessons on resource conservation, environmental science, making healthy choices, and a variety of other sustainability-related topics. Our GPS program is essential part of what we do today, educating over 1,500 students each year in 20 participating schools within Lane County.