2014 Summit, Corvallis

2014 Oregon Green Schools Summit

Place: Life Community Church, Corvallis

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:30am – 3:00pm


The 18th annual meeting of certified Oregon Green Schools took place at Life Community Church in Corvallis on April 11th. It was an amazing day of learning and networking, well attended and appreciated by all.  This was a new venue for us, after having to switch due to a snow make-up day at the previously-planned public school venue.  But what a great venue it turned out to be, and as always, many excited and eager students and adults were in attendance and enjoyed every minute.

Elementary and middle school activities and presentations spanned across two sessions.

Titles included:

  • The Soil Food Web, with Oregon Tilth
  • Renewable Energy Jeopardy
  • Paper Making & Our Forests
  • Reuse workshop about Turning Trash into Peace
  • All about Oregon’s Bottle Bill, with OBRC
  • Musical Instrument-making workshop with our summit EduTainers, The Tangled Threads (more on them in a moment)
  • How to expand your Green School Efforts
  • Waste-themed scavenger hunt to learn about sustainability
  • Upcycling waste into wearable art, with Naturally Up-cycled
  • Session on Honey Bees, with Nectar Bee Supply
  • and, one room full of lucky students got to grab tools and aprons and take apart computers, learning how to scrap them out properly for recycling.

Students provided inspiration and awe to each other as they presented their school’s achievements during the Summit Showcase with displays they made themselves.

High school students spent the morning learning about commercial-level composting, waste and recycling during a field trip to the Pacific Region Compost Facility and Coffin Butte Landfill, led by local recycling educator and coordinator, Emily Phillips of Republic Services.  (Emily is also an Oregon Green Schools Board member and the 2014 Summit Chair. THANK YOU EMILY!)  Their afternoon rounded out with a workshop called Water Critters and Chemistry where high schoolers learned about healthy watersheds and the life in healthy streams, led by former Green Schools Board Chair, Heath Keirstead of Benton County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The Adult Roundtable gave interested teachers, industry professionals and other chaperones the opportunity to share ideas and network, led by Corvallis School Board member, Anne Schuster, herself a strong sustainability leader in the area.

Everyone dined together mid-day with their no-waste lunches from home and reusable water bottles, and at the end received cookies and special Summit cloth napkins to use at home.

Attending students were entertained by “The Tangled Threads” – a fun and talented duo making music with washboards and stilts, kazoos and a home-made ukelele, singing originals and spoofs to educate kids about being good earth stewards.

After presenting retiring Oregon Green Schools co-founder Jan Rankin of Gresham with an award for her many years of wonderful service and leadership (THANK YOU, JAN!), the Summit rounded out with 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!

All in all, another VERY successful Oregon Green Schools Summit!  See you in 2015!!