Oregon Green Schools 2017 Summit Huge Success!

The 21st  annual summit of certified Oregon Green Schools took place at the Western Mennonite School in Salem on April 14, 2017, and was attended by 28 schools from across the state.  This day of learning was a huge success and was made possible with the generous support from our haulers and event sponsors.

Elementary and middle school students started the day with a welcome assembly to set out the goals for the summit and received words of encouragement from Oregon Green Schools Chair Laurel Bates. Students and their teachers then broke up into smaller groups and attended a Green Schools Spotlight session where they showcased programs within their own schools and learned what students in other institutions have been working on throughout the year. The students then attended three sessions reflecting the target areas addressed in the Oregon Green Schools Application: Waste Reduction and Recycling, Water Conservation, and Energy Conservation.

The High School students attending the summit were able to tour three Salem-area businesses working on core elements of OGS’s mission. They first visited the Salem Smart Center, where they learned about PGE’s state of the art energy storage facility. Students then travelled to Garten Services recycling center where they saw first-hand how donated and collected materials are separated and prepared for recycling and reuse. Finally, students toured Hub NW, a nonprofit full service bicycle shop that provides bike recycling, reclamation, training and redistribution of bikes, as well affordable services and sales to the general public and free bicycles, locks, parts, repair training and vocational rehabilitation to adults and at-risk youth.

Again this year, we offered sessions geared towards the adults attending the summit covering topics such as program resources from EcoSchools USA and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program, fundraising opportunities from OBRC, and ways schools can improve their carbon-footprint by reducing meat consumption in schools.

After lunch, students enjoyed participating in a recycling relay activity, with Bottle Bill making an appearance during the relay as well as a Bend-artist created “Environmental Mascot” which was a big hit with everyone.

The closing assembly gave OGSA Chair Laurel Bates the opportunity to thank all of the sponsors who made the Summit possible and to all of our  volunteers, workshop presenters, regional coordinators and OGSA supporting partners, as well as all of the students who are so actively engaged with greening their schools.

The Board would like to also give a special thank you to the haulers who committed to sponsor their school’s substitute teacher and mileage reimbursement for the Summit, without which, many schools would not be able to partake in this event.

Sponsor Haulers: Allied Waste, Arrow Sanitary, Clackamas County Waste Management, Hoodview Garbage and Recycling, MVS/Rockwood Solid Waste, Oregon City Garbage, Pacific Sanitation, Pride Disposal, Republic Services, Royal Refuse, Sanipac, Walker Garbage, Waste Connections, Waste Management, West Linn Refuse & Recycling.

And also thank you to all of our event sponsors.  Without you the Summit would not be possible!

Premier Level Sponsors: The City of Gresham, Clackamas County, Covanta Energy, Marion County, Metro, The National Wildlife Federation, OBRC, Oregon DEQ, and ORRA.

Merit Level Sponsors: Carton Council, and Weiden+Kennedy.

Green Sponsors: Bend Garbage and Recycling, and Resource Recycling Magazine.

In-Kind Donors: Cafe Yumm!, Lane County, Marion County, Organically Grown Company, and Western Mennonite School.

Event Volunteers: Millie Estrin (Master Recycler), Robert Leak (Master Recycler), Dori Meyer (Master Recycler), Sue Mills (Master Recycler), Judy Skinner (Master Recycler) and all of the Americorp Volunteers who came!!

Oregon Green Schools Board Members: Laurel Bates, Meghan Borato, Michele Castro, Scott Farling, Morgan Parks, Mark Nystrom, Bailey Payne, Kaci Radcliffe, Deborah Topp, and Jackie Wilson.

Thank you all  for your continued support of the Oregon Green Schools Association!

Be sure and checkout our facebook page, where you can see photos from the summit, and stay connected with OGS happenings! www.facebook.com/oregongreenschools