Hallinan Elementary, Lake Oswego

Green 10/15/2009 Merit 4/5/10 Premier 4/13/2011 – 4/13/2014

It takes passion to create a Green School – but once it gets going, the excitement is contagious. Students, teachers, parents, custodians, cooks and administrators at Hallinan Elementary have stepped up ideas and efforts on many green projects since the school became an Oregon Green School in 2009 and applied for Merit level in April of 2010. In spring of 2011, Hallinan is “going for the gold” by applying for OGS Premier Level.

“Of all the projects I’ve had, this one has received the most attention and people have related to it the most,” said Principal Steve Mauritz, who also is the elementary science coordinator for the LO District. “I motivate and ‘grease the skids,’ and other people take over, and it runs.”


Hallinan students soon will be taking their multi-media show on the road to the OGS Summit, a school board meeting and a Lake Oswego City Council meeting.


Following are just a few of the school’s accomplishments:

  • A “No Thank You” bin is available next to the lunchtime garbage so that unopened, non-perishable food can be saved and donated to the food bank.
  • A Green Team composed of two teachers, the principal, the building engineer and two parents meets once a month. Parents participate in waste audits and other Green Team initiatives.
  • An “Energy Kiosk” has been installed to monitor real-time energy use.
  • Each classroom has two raised beds in the Hallinan garden, where vegetables are raised for incorporation into the school lunch program.
  • Each classroom has a compost receptacle, the contents of which go into the three bin system for garden use.
  • Students developed presentations and skits to teach their school and others

about composting, rain barrels and gardens.

  • The school year starts with a Power Point presentation from Mauritz to get teachers up-to-date, making sure that resource conservation and correct recycling are ingrained habits.
  • E-mail has replaced printed weekly school newsletters and activity fliers.
  • Double-sided copying is utilized whenever possible.
  • Cafeteria lunches are served on durable plastic trays.
  • A second team of students are scheduled to travel to the OGS Summit to share their program at the OGS Summit in the Live OGS Showcase. They will return to Hallinan after that presentation and present it again later that evening to the LOSD School Board just before Eileen presents the district with the first Oregon Green Schools District award.

Hallinan has reduced its garbage service level to one 3 cu/yd container/week. They divert 47% of their waste through recycling and composting. Volumes have been further reduced through waste prevention techniques.