Join Oregon Green Schools!

There are three certification levels in the Oregon Green Schools program: Entry, Merit, and Premier.

  • The first level is our entry, or Green certification. Schools applying for this certification level demonstrate basic recycling and sustainability efforts. All schools start their certifications at this level.
  • The second level is Merit certification. Schools go beyond the basic level by increasing recycling efforts and by providing assistance to another school. Schools must certify at the Merit level before becoming certified as a Premier School.
  • The highest level of certification is Premier. At this level of recognition in the Green Schools program, Premier schools complete a community outreach project in addition to maintaining waste reduction activities and efforts established in Green and Merit levels.

All certifications at all levels are valid for three years. After three years, schools must re-certify at their current level, or “level-up” by meeting the requirements for that next level. Schools may “level-up” at any point in time during their certification period, if they have completed all requirements of that level, and do not need to wait three years to advance to the next level.


  • The Oregon Green Schools “Application Form Examples” below can help organize your goals and action plan and document your achievements. If you need assistance with completing or have questions about the application, contact your local Green Schools Coordinator.
  • Another resource is the “Green Team Project Examples” below.  This document is filled with ideas to help your green team come up with projects that will help you to demonstrate that you are addressing the requirements in the application.

When you are ready to become an Oregon Green School, please request an application. A unique link to our online application system will be created and emailed to you from your Green Schools Regional Coordinator.

Click HERE to Request an Application