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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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2017 Annual Summit – Save the Date!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in News

2017 Annual Summit – Save the Date!

2017 Oregon Green Schools Summit SAVE THE DATE! Friday, April 14, 2017 Registration Opens February 2017  About the Summit The 21st annual meeting of certified Oregon Green Schools will return to the Western Mennonite School on Friday April 14, 2017, 9045 Wallace Road Northwest, Salem, OR 97304. Schools with active Oregon Green Schools certification are invited to bring 4 students and 1 chaperon. Costs for a classroom substitute teacher and travel expenses will be generously covered by each school’s garbage/recycling hauler. The Summit is an opportunity for students from across the state...

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School Lab Cleanouts Available in Portland-Metro Area

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in News

School Lab Cleanouts Available in Portland-Metro Area

The DEQ is offering schools free lab clean outs in the spring and Kimberly Taylor of Metro working with them to identify schools in the Portland area to take advantage of the opportunity. This is a great way to make schools safer for students and teachers and to help protect the environment from potentially harmful chemicals. Many high schools and middle schools across the US have large surpluses of chemicals from the early 1960’s that are potentially dangerous, often unlabeled and unusable, and that desperately need to be disposed of properly! The clean outs are designed to be...

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Try Your Luck at the KidWind Challenge

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in News

Try Your Luck at the KidWind Challenge

Think you or your class has what it takes to build the most efficient, functional, and innovative wind turbine? Learn how to teach about wind energy and other renewables in your classroom, then try your luck at the KidWind Challenge! NEED HELP TEACHING ABOUT WIND? We offer FREE workshops for teachers to get everything they need to teach about wind energy and prep students for the Challenge, which is open to all K-12 educators in the region, AND you’ll be provided with over $150 of materials, such as science kits and standards-based curriculum. READY TO COMPETE IN A CHALLENGE? •...

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Wind Energy Resources for the Classroom

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in News

Wind Energy Resources for the Classroom

Wind Energy Overview The Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, funds cutting-edge research to help the United States develop premier wind energy innovations. Wind power is one of Americas best options for low-cost, carbon-free renewable energy. It combats climate change, supports more than 88,000 U.S. jobs and grew to nearly 74 gigawatts of total installed wind capacity in 2015. That’s enough electricity to power more than 19 million homes per year! How does a wind turbine work? So how do wind turbines make electricity? Simply stated, a...

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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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