Oregon Green Schools has several helpful tools that you can use to evaluate your school’s environmental performance, educate staff and students about your program, lesson plans and more! Use the following tools and links to help you start or improve your Green Schools program and find resources for teaching about resource conservation in the classroom.
Do you need project ideas for your school’s green team? We’ve compiled over 125 ideas of projects in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, composting, water conservation, energy conservation, hazardous waste, green procurement, transportation and communication.
If your school or school district is working towards becoming a Merit or Premier level school, you will need to adopt a resource conservation policy. Examples of policies that other Oregon schools have adopted can be adapted for your situation.
Find the forms and a step-by-step guide to conducting school waste audits.
Calculators and School Environmental Assessments– Use these tools to identify opportunities to save resources and money.
– A list of lesson plans and activities is available to help you teach your students about resource conservation.
– Download videos to teach your students about recycling and resource conservation.
Green School Newsletter– Current and archived issues of our newsletter
– Online listing of more than 300 short facts related to waste reduction and natural resources.
Signs, Stickers and Clip Art – A variety of artwork depicting recycling, composting, waste prevention, and waste reduction produced by other state agencies and local governments available to use on your website, newsletters, posters, recycling signs, etc. There are stickers and signs for doing waste audits too.
Kids’ Stuff Activity Book – A 16 page activity book for elementary and middle school students that focuses on resource conservation.
Field Trip Guides – Many recycling facilities in the Portland metro-area and Salem welcome school and youth group field trips.
Glossary of Solid Waste Terms – A comprehensive list of common solid waste terms.
Educational Resources – Check out the huge variety of links to information about:
- Energy and water conservation
- Grants for gardening projects
- On-line recycling activities for students
- State and national environmental education groups
- Naturescaping and school yard habitat projects. . . . . and more!
Awards – Some local jurisdictions offer start-up and/or incentive grants or awards to schools for waste reduction , recycling and composting projects. Contact your regional coordinator to see what is available in your area.