Oregon Green Schools Summit 2016 Recap

Group Shot LargeThe 20th annual meeting of certified Oregon Green Schools took place at the Western Mennonite School in Salem on April 1, 2016, and was attended by 34 schools from across the state.  This day of learning was a huge success and was made possible with the generous support from our haulers.

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 Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron. All of the 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. Also new this year were sessions geared towards the adults attending the summit covering topics such as program resources from EcoSchools USA and OGSA, gaining support for green school programs in schools, and an afternoon roundtable covering various topics of interest.

Lunch time featured a presentation from the “Epic Pineapples” one of the co-champion schools from the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments held earlier this year. The Lego League competition had the theme of “Trash Trek,” prompting students to come up with ways to reduce, reuse and recycle what otherwise might be garbage, and the Epic Pineapples presented their winning idea – development of “EcoMinder” a fully functional working prototype of a reminder system that they created to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics – to the Summit attendees.

After lunch, students enjoyed the blue skies and warm temperatures outside as they participated in a recycling relay activity. Bottle Bill made an appearance during the relay and the kids all enjoyed the afternoon.

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. Laurel also presented Rex Putnam Highschool with an award for “best storyboard poster” highlighting their accomplishments through the year. The school was presented a prize of “Milk and Cookies” which was generously donated by The Carton Council.

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:  American Sanitary, Arrow Sanitary/WCI, Clackamas Garbage, Eckert Sanitary, Hood View Disposal & Recycling,  Loren’s Sanitation, Metro, Mountain View Sanitary, Nestucca Valley Sanitation Oregon City Garbage, Pacific Sanitation, Pride Disposal, Republic Services, Sanipac, Walker Garbage, Waste Management, Waste Republic, and West Linn Refuse and Recycle

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

Premier Level Sponsors: Clackamas County, Covanta Energy, Marion County, Metro, OBRC, Oregon DEQ, and ORRA.

 Merit Level Sponsors: Carton Council, City of Gresham, G.E., K.B. Recycling, and Weiden+Kennedy.

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

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

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