Become a certified Oregon Green School

Whether your resource conservation program is just beginning or already established, we can help you put your school on the map. If you want to become an Oregon Green School all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

1. Build a team

Recruit an enthusiastic staff member to coordinate your resource efficiency program and involve students and staff from the start.

2. Get help

Contact your local Green Schools’ coordinator for help with planning, waste audits, educational resources, school tools, and inspiration.

3. Make a plan

Decide what your recycling, waste reduction and resource conservation goals are and how your school will meet them. Use the Oregon Green Schools application form to help organize your goals and action plan and document your achievements.

You’ll apply to be recognized at the Green, Merit or Premier level. Green level schools meet basic criteria, while Merit- and Premier-level schools have more developed, far-reaching programs and activities.

All schools must start out at the Entry Level and can advance to the Merit Level the following school year.  Likewise, schools must first be at the Merit Level for a school year before applying to be a Premier Level school.  Certification at all levels is good for three years. The “Green Team Project Examples” will help you come up with ideas for filling out the application.

4. Get going

Involve students and staff in working toward your goals and keep track of your progress. Your Green Schools’ coordinator can help here, too. When your program is underway, send your completed Green Schools’ application to your coordinator.

In recognition, Green-level schools receive certificates and window decals, Merit-level schools receive plaques and Premier-level schools receive Oregon Green Schools flags.

5. Celebrate

Recognize the efforts of students and staff with assemblies, awards and letters of recognition. Share your successes with the community through news releases and other outreach. Your Green Schools’ coordinator can help you with all these efforts.

Each year students and staff from participating Green Schools and Green Schools coordinators are invited to the Green Schools Summit for a full day of celebration, learning and networking.

Contact the Green School Regional Coordinator in your area for assistance.