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Congratulations to Sexton Mountain’s Walking School Bus

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Congratulations to Sexton Mountain’s Walking School Bus

Article and photo from the Oregon SRTS April Newsletter. Washington County Department of Health and Human Services is honoring Sexton Mountain Elementary’s Walking School Bus at their 15th Annual Public Health Awards. They won the Public Health Ambassador Award for their Walking School Bus program that has been running every Thursday for the past 7 years. Every Thursday each participating student (sometimes over 350) walk an extra mile where they practice safe pedestrian skills, gain confidence and arrive to school on time and ready to learn. Beaverton School District produced this how-to...

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Welcome to the Better Burger Challenge!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Welcome to the Better Burger Challenge!

Article and Infographic provided by Friends of the Earth. Turning Green and Friends of the Earth have recently launched the Better Burger Challenge—a new initiative that aims to transform the iconic resource-intensive American hamburger into a force for better health, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and opportunity for independent family farmers and ranchers. Our goal is to grow the market for better, grass-fed and organic beef by educating and working with our members, student activists, and allies to make a grass-fed better burger. We are asking chefs, restaurants and...

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How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change

By Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D. Cook This post was originally published on the Green Schools National Network’s website. As schools and youth become leaders in greening efforts nationwide, an inspiring story from Oakland, California suggests a critical new arena where schools can make a big difference in tackling climate change: the cafeteria. A new case study of Oakland Unified School District by Friends of the Earth shows that schools can make lunches healthier and more climate-friendly while saving money—by eating less (and better) meat and dairy, and switching to...

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New Study Finds Toxic Non-Stick Chemicals in Disposable Food Service Ware

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

New Study Finds Toxic Non-Stick Chemicals in Disposable Food Service Ware

A new study conducted by scientists at the Green Science Policy Institute and several other nonprofit organizations, US EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and University of California/Berkeley found fluorinated stain- and water-resistance chemicals in nearly half of the disposable food service ware products they tested. These substances can leach into food; some have been linked to cancer, developmental harm, immune system toxicity, and other health...

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Free Webinar: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

Free Webinar: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools

FREE WEBINAR: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools – Lessons from the Cafeteria Line Features speakers from Washington Green Schools! Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST Register here for this webinar School food invokes memories of cafeteria lines, pizza and cartons of milk. What most of us didn’t pay attention to or don’t remember was the amount of wasted food (food that could be eaten by someone else if recovered) and food waste (food that is inedible or has been partially consumed and could be composted) created in school cafeterias. In this webinar,...

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March 27th: Save the Date, Save the Butterflies!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

March 27th: Save the Date, Save the Butterflies!

Butterfly Heroes 2017 is coming and we want your school to be the first to know! The monarchs still need our help! As part the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program, Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to their declining population and by taking the pledge, your school can help create new habitats for monarch butterflies. Supplies are limited so be the first to take the pledge on March 27th to order kits for your class. Garden Starter kits include native milkweed seeds, gardening tips, Ranger Rick Nature Notebook and directions to grow or expand your habitat...

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School Garden Project Promotes Inclusive Learning

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

School Garden Project Promotes Inclusive Learning

School Garden Project seeks to promote inclusive learning opportunities with release of Increasing Inclusion in School Gardens, A Resource Packet for Garden Educators. The garden education team at the School Garden Project of Lane County (located in Eugene, OR) set out on a mission to increase inclusion in school garden settings. With the financial support from the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, they met with local special education teachers, received training in inclusion practices and Universal Design, and worked collaboratively to re-think and revise teaching practices, curriculum,...

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Fire Up Your Feet!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News

Fire Up Your Feet!

Oregon Safe Routes to Schools Announces New Spring Activity Challenge Awards The Safe Routes to School National Partnership makes it easy for your school to get motivated to be active when you participate in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge! It’s free to participate, and your school could win cash awards to support walking, biking, and physical activity programs. When? May 2017 Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day Award: If your school is participating in Walk/Bike/Roll to School Day on May 10th, 2017, track your activity for a chance to win! Schools tracking any form of active...

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Win a Free Garden – Driven Straight to Your School!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in News

Win a Free Garden – Driven Straight to Your School!

The National Wildlife Federation and Eco Schools USA are teaming up with Subaru of America for the 2017 Subaru Loves the Earth program and your school can win! In celebration of Earth Month in April, hundreds of Subaru retailers across the country will be displaying a trunk full of items that show how important (and easy!) it is to create a garden that attracts and supports wildlife — and these elements could be yours, free! Each participating Subaru retailer will deliver the garden elements straight to your school for your installation! Five lucky schools will also win an educational...

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Help Support Oregon Green Schools Through the BottleDrop!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in News

Help Support Oregon Green Schools Through the BottleDrop!

The Oregon Green Schools Association has signed up with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Corporation to receive donated bottles and cans.  If you live near one of the BottleDrop facilities, you can help support Oregon Green Schools by following these simple steps: Send Oregon Green Schools an email with your address and ask us to mail you some blue bags:  mail@OregonGreenSchools.org Fill the bag(s) with bottles/cans that have an Oregon deposit value. When full, drop the bags off at a BottleDrop location near...

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Cascade Mountain School Announces 2017 Camp Line-Up

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in News

Cascade Mountain School Announces 2017 Camp Line-Up

Cascade Mountain school is excited to share their 2017 line-up of summer camps and adult & family workshops with you! They’ve got favorite standbys, like MacGyver day and MacGyver overnight camps and a college-credit science course for high school students. They’re also offering new camps, like primitive skills for little ones and soul school for high school & gap year students. They’re also offering introductory backpacking courses for middle school students. They’ve also expanded their Trout Lake day camp offerings to include full-day camps running from 9 am...

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Hallinan Elementary Knows Green

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in News

Hallinan Elementary Knows Green

The Hallinan Elementary Green Team (and Premier Level Oregon Green School) was featured in the Lake Oswego Review this week! Click here to read the full story.

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