2013 Oregon Green Schools Summit
Friday, March 1, 2013 8:15am – 3:00pm
The 17th annual meeting of certified Oregon Green Schools took place at Portland Lutheran School in Gresham on March 1st. This day of learning and networking was well attended and the weather even cooperated, which gave students and adults even more opportunities to connect in the sunny outdoors.
Elementary and middle school activities and presentations spanned across three sessions and included paper making, mock waste audits, and up-cycled jewelry making. Some students even took the Walk/Bike Challenge, learned how to make safe, chemical-free choices in our homes and gardens, and learned what happens to waste after it leaves the curb. Three schools provided inspiration and awe as they presented their school’s achievements during the Summit Showcase.
High school students spent the morning learning about safe e-waste recycling and testing stream water quality. Their afternoon rounded out with a field trip to the Gresham Water Treatment Plant and Centennial Learning Center’s Farm to Food Lunch Program, where they were treated to a box lunch full of delicious, local ingredients.
The National Eco-Schools presentation for adults highlighted the partnership between Oregon Green Schools and Eco-Schools and the benefits this partnership provides to member schools.
Contact Courtney Sullivan if you have questions about Eco-Schools.
Attending students were entertained by “Recycle Man and the Dumpster Divers,” a superhero band for the 21st century who use upbeat music to teach kids how they can save the planet. The Summit finale was an open mic session where students were invited to share what they learned at the Summit and what they are doing at their school. Approximately 50 students were brave enough to speak to the entire audience. Everyone left feeling engaged and energized!
The Summit participants brought waste-free lunches and observed a “Pack it in, Pack it out” policy. Only two small bags of compostable waste were generated during the entire event!