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Oregon Green Schools

Oregon Green Schools Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1 Winter 2001

Welcome! Students “Make Connections” at 2001 Oregon

The Oregon Green Schools Green Schools Summit
Association has created this
newsletter to keep you On Friday, November 9th, 250 students and
informed about Green teachers met at Dallas High School for the
School happenings around annual fall Summit to “make connections”
the state. and to celebrate their school waste reduction
Your contributions are
needed! Let us know about Participants attended a variety of sessions
your events and activities, including a Premier School Showcase where
so we can include them in students from Premier and Merit level
our newsletter. The next schools shared their successes.
issue will focus on what
schools did to celebrate Old-favorite sessions included paper
Earth Day. making, how to do waste audits, and hosting this year’s Summit. The club
compost critters. New sessions included members were busy all day long, helping
“Watt’s up with Waste,” (destined to be a with set-up and clean-up activities and
new-favorite!), and Greeting Card Reuse. leading tours of the school’s recycling
What’s inside?
Nearly every school brought a display this
Green School Summit year, and they were terrific! The displays The Dallas HS Catering Club did a great job
showed the level of commitment and energy of providing the food service for the
Featured Coordinator
that students have for making their school Summit – something we all appreciated!
School Highlights “green” and for sharing what they know
about waste prevention and recycling. We also could not have the Summit without
Upcoming Events sponsors! Please see the last page for a list
The highlight of the day had to be the of organizations that contributed to the
Annual Report (insert) performance put on by Brainwaves Improvi- Summit as a sponsor or provided scholar-
sational Comedy group. The hilarious ships for schools. Thank you sponsors!
Friends of OGSA series of skits were based on audience
suggestions and a recycling theme. Greatly appreciated also, were door prizes
Earth Day Ideas
donated by Green School Coordinators.
Many thanks to The Dallas HS Environmen-
Board of Directors tal Club, led by Stephanie Preuitt, for And finally, a big thank-you to all the
volunteers, presenters and committee
The mission of the Oregon members that made this year’s Summit a
Green Schools Association is to success! It is because these people are so
assist Oregon schools in setting willing to give of their time and energy that
up, maintaining and recognizing we can provide wonderful events like this to
effective, permanent waste our members across the state.
reduction and resource effi-
ciency programs that improve Anyone wishing to assist with the planning
the school environment and of next year’s Summit is asked to contact
community. Dave Larmouth at (503) 474-4847. We are
also looking for a school to host next year’s
recycled content paper - 30% post-consumer Summit.
Oregon Green School
Highlights from great
Board of Directors school programs
President Dallas High School – Dallas, Oregon
Freda Sherburne, Metro
From paper and aluminum cans to educating the public such as Recycling
Past President kitchen grease, batteries and every- Fest, an event sponsored by local
Bill Webber thing in between, Dallas HS is disposal companies. They have also
attempting to recycle it all. Although visited elementary schools to promote
Nancy Bond, Portland Public Schools paper recycling had been going on the Oregon Green Schools progam.
for some time, it wasn’t until the
Treasurer inception of the Environmental The people involved are what really
Pam Wald, Albany-Lebanon Sanitation Assistant class in fall, 1996 that the makes the DHS program special. It
and Corvallis Disposal takes dedication, cooperation and
school’s efforts were formalized into
Summit Chair an award-winning program. In the support to have a successful program.
Dave Larmouth, City Sanitary & period of time between fall, 1998 and The program thrives because of the
Recycling Service spring, 2001, DHS achieved the level dedication of the students in the
of Premier School in the OGSA Environmental Assistant class and
Coordinator Chair
program and won the 2001 DEQ mentor Stephanie Preuitt. Their belief
Steve Briles, Dallas Disposal
WRAP award for their waste reduc- in a sustainable lifestyle both in school
Members at large tion efforts at school. and out is their driving force. Also key
Eileen Stapp, Clackamas County is a close working relationship with
Recycling Partnership What makes the DHS program so local recycler, Steve Briles of Dallas
great? Besides the fact that thy have Disposal Co., the cooperation of all the
David Furr, Salem-Keizer Schools reduced their waste stream by 25%, diverse groups within the school
they have done community service coming together to make it happen and
Check out our web site! projects such as organizing the annual support from principal Scott McLeod.
local creek clean-up – pulling 1200
Log on to the OGSA web site for a pounds of metal alone out of the With all this support and cooperation,
look at a Premier School (Harold water the first year. Students have DHS will be teaching the 3 Rs long into
Oliver Primary is our first school to volunteered for programs aimed at the future!
submit a profile), to see which
schools across the state are
“Green,” to look at pictures from the
Summit and more!
Glencoe Elementary – Portland, Oregon Glencoe Elementary, a Merit Green saved that week. The “tree amounts”
School, has several exciting environ- are then added to the Glencoe Recy-
We’d like to read about your school mental and recycling projects going cling Forest display in the cafeteria.
too! Send your school profiles and on this year. With the creation of an The goal is 125 trees this year!
corrections to: Dave Larmouth at outdoor classroom naturescaping project, opportunities for education “Oops!” boxes by each copy machine
and composting abound. The worm collect one-sided papers that are used
team takes care of two worm bins, for rough drafts in the classrooms,
feeding them vegetable waste offices and in the library for recess-
collected from the cafeteria. The time art projects.
compost that is produced from these
Learn more about recycling and
two bins are used in the nature
composting at Glencoe on the web!
gardens around the school. Parent
Oregon Green Schools Association volunteers also compost yard debris
P.O. Box 2186 from the gardens. Glencoe hopes to be flying the
Salem, OR 97308-2186 Premier flag by the end of this school
Phone (800) 527-7624 The recycling team students chart
Fax: (503) 399-7784 how much paper is collected and
calculate how many trees they have
Oregon Green Schools Coordinator feature:
Name the newsletter
and win a prize!
Pam Wald Pam enjoys her job in part because each
day is different. She especially likes
working with kids on a wide variety of
Help us come up with a clever name
for our newsletter and win a cool
projects. Currently, 46 of the 70 schools prize. Send your ideas to Freda
in Pam’s service area are Oregon Green Sherburne, Metro, 600 NE Grand
Ave., Portland, OR 97232 or
Schools. Way to go, Pam! Open
Pam’s advice to other coordinators: to all OGSA members. Deadline:
don’t get discouraged! Each school is March 1, 2002.
unique and can’t be compared to others.
The program is worth your effort to try
Upcoming Events
and bring it to the schools.
Association of Oregon Recyclers
Pam worked with Tom Shafer at La Spring Education Conference
If you attended the Summit at Dallas Creole Middle School to create this cool May 17, Willamette Valley Vinyards
High School, you probably saw this “Making Connections” sculpture for For more information call Keri Morin-
energetic Green Schools Coordinator the Summit. After the Summit it Handaly at (503) 229-6823 or check
busy at work setting up the exhibit area traveled to and has been on display at AOR’s website:
or organizing an activity around the cool Philomath HS and Crescent Valley HS.
“Making Connections” sculpture. If you would like to have it at your Master Recyclers Training
school, give Pam a call at (541) 754- Learn more about waste reduction in
Pam Wald has worked for Albany- this eight-week course. Tuesdays,
0445 ext. 204.
Lebanon Sanitation and Corvallis 7:00-9:30 pm, March 5-April 23.
Disposal for 12 years as a waste reduc- Application deadline Feb. 21. For
more information call Megan
tion educator. She doesn’t have an
Cogswell at (503) 725-2035.
official title but likes what the kids call
her: “garbage lady” or “worm lady.”
Environmental Education Assn. of
Pam started her career in waste reduc- Oregon – Spring Conference
tion education by promoting recycling in “Energy: The current that moves us”
March 15-17, Oregon 4H Confer-
schools as a substitute teacher. (She
ence and Education Center, Salem
subbed for 10 years in grades K-12 and For information:
says that experience has helped a lot
with this job.) She pursued her interest
in recycling when she discovered that WRAP Awards
ALS needed someone to do presenta- You could be a winner! Nominate
tions in schools one day a week. That your school or a special recycler for
her job went full-time within 3 months is one of four waste reduction and
a testament to the dedication, energy prevention awards from DEQ and
Association of Oregon Recyclers.
and creativity that she brings to the job.
Download an application from DEQ’s
web site:
Celebrate Earth Day! solwaste/wrap.html. Deadline for
nominations is April 3. For more
What will your school be doing to • Register your activity or check to see information call (503)229-6823.
celebrate Earth Day? We would like to what events are happening at this web
feature schools that have resourceful site:
events and activities in our next
• Sign up for a SOLV event, or orga-
newsletter. Following are a few ideas to
get you started. nize a service learning project for your
school. Grant funds are available to
• Participate in the Earth Day Grocery help with costs. Find out more on
Bags project: SOLV’s web site:
Please share this newsletter!
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hank Y
T members and supporters
The following individuals or organiza- Marion County Solid Waste, City of Keller Drop Box, Loren’s Sanitation
tions made contributions to Oregon Portland, City of Beaverton, City of Service, Mt. View Sanitary Service,
Green Schools in 2001. Supporters Gresham, Tetra Pak, Inc., Dallas Disposal Newberg Garbage Service, Rockwood
and sponsors automatically become Co., DeWald Northwest Co., Recycling Solid Waste, Roseburg Disposal Com-
Friends of Oregon Green Schools with Advocates, Resource Revival. pany, Rossman Sanitary Service, Santiam
Sanitary Service, Twelve-Mile Disposal
their contributions.
Service, Waste Management, West Linn
Summit scholarships Refuse & Recycling.
Supporters The following haulers provided substitute teacher and
Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association mileage reimbursements for schools in their service
With special thanks to Kimera Coady, Rachel Wagner area. Without these scholarships, most schools would Friends of OGSA Members
and Kristan Mitchell for clerical, legal and organizational not be able to attend the Summit.
“Best Friend/government”
support and advice!
Albany-Lebanon Sanitation, American City of Gresham - DES
Sanitary Service, Arrow Sanitary Metro
Oregon DEQ Washington County
Waste Management & Clean-up
Service, B & B Leasing Co. (Gladstone,
Grant for website development Molalla), B & J Garbage Co., Bend
Garbage & Recycling, Canby Disposal “Premier”
Summit sponsors Company, Corvalis Disposal Company, Envirographics (Eileen Stapp)
Oregon Refuse and Recycling Assn., Dallas Disposal Co., Dienes Brothers,
Bill Webber, Oregon DEQ, Metro, Gresham Sanitary Service,


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