Greener Grads Partners with Oregon Green Schools

greenergradslogoGreener Grads, a national graduation sustainability initiative that launched in April 2014 in Michigan, will expand into its 20th state with a new partnership in Oregon. Starting in January 2015, Greener Grads will begin partnering with Oregon Green Schools, to recover, reuse and repurpose graduation gowns from participating schools.

“We are thrilled to have an entire state believe in our mission and support our efforts to help recover products that would otherwise end up in local landfills,” said Seth Yon, Greener Grads founder. “Oregon Green Schools’ commitment will help us to accelerate our rental-reuse model, and reach our goal of collecting one million gowns by the end of 2015.”

In spring 2014 Seth Yon, Greener Grads founder, partnered with the Environmental Center in Bend, Oregon and is now expanding operations on a statewide level with Oregon Green Schools. This partnership is very unique, in that it is the first Green Schools program to be implemented state-wide. Greener Grads is looking to collect 5,000 or more gowns from Oregon high schools during spring 2015 commencements. This collection will be equivalent to keeping 4,000 pounds of polyester out of Oregon landfills.

“At Oregon Green Schools we understand how important sustainability and conservation efforts are. We are thrilled to be able to help make a difference and support the Greener Grads mission,” said Jackie Wilson, Oregon Green Schools coordinator. “We are looking forward to seeing how many gowns we can recover during spring graduations.”

“This is a great opportunity for schools to recognize and recover non-traditional recycling goods. I am hoping this new partnership will inspire students and staff to think about what could be next in sustainability measures,” said Yon.

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