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Gray Family Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Cycles

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in News

Gray Family Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Cycles

The Gray Family Foundation is pleased to announce the following grant opportunties for 2017. Applications are due in January – March for most programs. Environmental Education Program* *formerly Teacher Professional Development & Community Field Trips Application Opens: December 1, 2016 Grant Cycle Deadline: January 20, 2017 Notifications sent: May 2017 Read full RFP: 2017 Environmental Education Request for Proposals Geography Education Program Application Opens: December 1, 2016 Grant Cycle Deadline: January 20, 2017 Notifications sent: May 2017 Read full RFP: 2017 Geography...

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Make #NotWasting Food a Way of Life

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in News

Make #NotWasting Food a Way of Life

A new initiative launched by UN Environment  and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America is looking for video submissions from schools about food waste prevention. The Make #NotWasting food a way of life video contest asks North Americans to share their food waste reduction initiatives, whether small- or large-scale, by submitting a video online. The video does not need to be a big production – they just need to demonstrate great initiatives and acknowledge them! The videos will help communities across North America learn from each other and find innovative ways...

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SRTS Announces Oregon Fall Challenge Winners

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in News

SRTS Announces Oregon Fall Challenge Winners

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is invested in creating healthy, thriving communities and schools.  Fire Up Your Feet provides an opportunity for students to participate in a Physical Activity Challenge by tracking PE, recess, classroom stretch breaks, dances, school walks, anything active! Our goal is to inspire kids, parents, teachers, and the community to incorporate physical activity into their current everyday routine. During the Fall 2016 Activity Challenge, Oregon had 65 active schools and approximately 19,000 participants. Twenty-one cities in Oregon participated,...

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Meet Newest OGS Board Member: Kaci Radcliffe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in News

Meet Newest OGS Board Member: Kaci Radcliffe

This month’s new Board Member Spotlight is on Kaci Radcliffe, Member at Large. Welcome Kaci to the Board!  “As an Energy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy, I provide technical and project assistance to schools and state agencies to better understand their buildings and find simple ways to save energy and money. I also work as the agency’s Sustainability Coordinator to implement sustainable business practices and integrate sustainability into our programs and services. While I am new to Oregon Green Schools, I have been working in public sector conservation and education for...

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Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Toolbox for Education Grant Applications

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in News

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Toolbox for Education Grant Applications

The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation announced the opening of its Fall 2016 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and builds stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the...

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Opportunity for Eastern Oregon Schools

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in News

Opportunity for Eastern Oregon Schools

    New Buildings Institute has an exciting opportunity to improve school facilities in Oregon’s Eastern Region. With funding through the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, the Institute will work with two school districts in the Inland Pacific Northwest (Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington) to analyze all buildings district-wide in terms of their energy use and water use. Using their FirstView energy simulation tool they will be able to run analysis to then make recommendations to reduce overall consumption, spending and develop district-wide best practices. Click Here for...

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Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Releases Factsheets for Schools

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in News

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Releases Factsheets for Schools

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has released a series of factsheets about reducing pesticide exposure in schools. In order to perform their best, all students need a healthy school environment. Children need protection from chemical exposure because they are more susceptible to the detrimental effects of pesticides than adults. Since their physiology is developing, pesticides can disrupt natural growth processes resulting in long-term negative health effects. Reducing pesticide use in schools improves indoor air quality, improves test scores and reduces absenteeism; it...

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Keep America Beautiful Launches Recycle Bowl Competition

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in News

Keep America Beautiful Launches Recycle Bowl Competition

Article By Lacey Evans, Resource Recycling While kids and teachers across the country are getting ready to go back to school, nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful is launching its sixth-annual Recycle-Bowl. Recycle-Bowl is a K-12 school-based recycling competition open to schools, teachers, administrators and even parent organizations. The goal is to engage and educate communities about recycling. Last year, nearly 700,000 students and teachers from more than 1,265 schools participated. The big winner was Egg Harbor City Community School in Egg Harbor, N.J. Participating schools...

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Soil Health Workshop for School & Community Garden Educators

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in News

The Tualatin SWCD has been working hard to protect the health of our soils in Oregon. Every year, conservation districts teach local farmers how improving soil health can help protect natural resources and improve their operations. We are excited to share that education with school and community gardeners this year, and hope you will join us for a special, free workshop in Washington County June 18 and Multnomah County June 25! Register now for the Washington County workshop at www.swcd.net/soil-health-workshop/ or by calling/emailing Jen Nelson at 503-648-3174...

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Central Oregon Green School Showcase

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in News

Central Oregon Green School Showcase

On May 11th, thirteen schools from Central Oregon gathered to celebrate the Green School efforts in the region. Approximately 200 showed up to get inspired, celebrate and learn new things. Schools shared displays, PowerPoints and movies they had made to demonstrate some of the projects they accomplished during the school year. After students check out the schools and voted on their favorite, they traveled around to the “Reclaimed, Renewed and Rethinking Resource Fair”. Here they learned about making key chains from old bike chain, repurposing crayons, screen printing their own shirts,...

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Kelly Creek Elementary Recertifies at Premier Level for 6th Time

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in News

Kelly Creek Elementary Recertifies at Premier Level for 6th Time

In 1997 Kelly Creek Elementary School was the first school in Oregon to be recognized as a “Premier” Oregon Green School, and has recertified at that level six times to date. It has sustained its commitment to waste reduction under the leadership of head custodian Christa Garman and her Aardvark Recycling Teams consisting of 5th grade students who are assisted by cafeteria recycling monitors as well as a student “Light Patrol Team.” The school’s goal to “Continue Strong Efforts in Support of Conservation” is publicly displayed on its webpage. It has sent representatives to every...

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Oregon SRTS Non-Infrastructure Grants Available!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in News

Oregon SRTS Non-Infrastructure Grants Available!

Oregon’s Safe Routes to School Program is pleased to announce the next round of Non-Infrastructure grant funding. The ODOT Transportation Safety Division (TSD) has $300,000 available per year for Safe Routes to School Programs. Applicants may apply for up to three years of funding. Check these Guidelines first. Applications are due June 15, 2016 This next round of grants will prioritize: Applicants that have not previously received SRTS program funding. Title one schools. Schools where there have been infrastructure improvements within 1 mile of school site within last 10 years. Schools...

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