2016 Oregon Green Schools Summit Details


Session Descriptions


Elementary/Middle School Sessions

All elementary and middle school students will attend the School Spotlight Session as the first session of the day.

During this session, students from each school will deliver a short (5 minute) presentation about what makes their OGS program great. Schools will discuss ways to overcome challenges and gather exciting ideas to take back to school. The tri-fold displays that schools create for the exhibit hall will be used during this session.

After the School Spotlight Session, students will attend a session on each of the areas of green school certification: Waste, Water and Energy. When registering, you will select your first choice for each of the session topics. We will do our best to place you in your first choice, but cannot guarantee.

Water Sessions: (select one when registering)

  • Water Audit: This session explores ways to conserve water at your school by doing water audits. During the session, you will learn by conducting your own water audit at the Western Mennonite School.
  • Castles Made of Sand: Explore the beach without ever leaving the classroom! Dig in to this activity and you will find a whole new appreciation for water!  From the headwaters to the ocean, see how water shapes the land on which we live.  Join us as we get down to the nitty-gritty science of erosion! We’ll use models to demonstrate the interactions between the geosphere and the hydrosphere and then test some basic engineering designs to see how humans can interact with this force of nature

Energy Sessions: (select one when registering)

  • Transportation Options: In this session, students will learn about the environmental impacts of different ways to get to school – walking, biking, carpooling, driving, and bussing. Students will also learn about no-idle zones outside of schools, and the ways they can make real changes in their school environments.
  • Solar Up: In this session, students will learn how solar energy works through a hands-on activity.

Waste and Recycling Sessions:(select one when registering)

  • Garbage Audit: Students will conduct a small waste audit and learn how to use the results to make a difference in their school’s waste stream.
  • Save the School Supplies!:  In this action packed session, you will learn the hands-on way to mine your excess school supplies in June and either ready them for their next life as recycled content or clean them up for use in the new school year. We’ll learn which supplies can be recycled, which supplies can be reused, and how the supplies are processed once they leave the classroom.

 


High School Sessions

All High School students will attend the following sessions:

  • Session 1: School Spotlight: During this session, students from each school will deliver a short (5 minute) presentation about what makes their OGS program great. Schools will discuss ways to overcome challenges and gather exciting ideas to take back to school. The tri-fold displays that schools create for the exhibit hall will be used during this session.
  • Session 2: Rocking Your Bold Ambitions as Environmental Leaders: This session takes the School Spotlight a step further as students engage in an interactive discussion about designing a community of support around your good work.
  • Session 3: Policy and Advocacy: During this session, students will hear from Oregon State Representative Rob Nosse about how to create change at the state legislative level. Students will gain an understanding of how policy can be a (hugely!) effective way to achieve environmental goals.
  • Session 4: How to Build a School Rain Garden: Students will get outdoors to learn how to build a rain garden. We hope you will be inspired to build one at home or at school!

 


New this year! Adult Sessions 

Adults attending the summit may choose to participate in the following sessions that will occur concurrently with student sessions.

  • Session 1: School Spotlight: All adults will attend the “share your story” session with their students.
  • Session 2: Oregon Green Schools and Eco Schools Resources: This session will provide an overview of the new OGS application and other resources on the website. In addition, we will examine the resources (and levels of certification) available through Eco Schools USA.
  • Session 3: Gaining Support for Your OGS Program: This session will explore ways to gain support and financial resources for your Oregon Green Schools program.
  • Session 4: Roundtable:  We collected topics of interest during the Roundtable at the 2015 summit. This year we will have table topics pulled from that list in order to focus our conversation.