Educational Resources

Statewide Resources:

Association of Oregon Recyclers Statewide network of recyclers site that features conferences, recognition of outstanding achievement, and dozens of links to websites on recycling, the environment, and waste prevention.

Recycling 101 Recycling 101, offered by Oregon State University (OSU) Professional and Continuing Education, teaches participants about the life cycle of recyclables, the impact of hazardous waste, and how to manage compostables, plus how to reduce waste at home and in the workplace. Featuring high-quality instructional multimedia, the course allows participants to study when their schedule allows. Recycling 101 is modeled after the successful Master Recycler program, found in eight Oregon communities.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality—Solid Waste Features educational resources, solid waste data, reports, videos, grant information, clip art, and much more.

Rethinking Recycling: An Oregon Waste Reduction Curriculum An education curriculum for teachers teaching children in grades K-5.

The Recycling Process After Collection A report on where materials go and what happens to them

Oregon Department of Energy Energy services for schools

Environmental Education Association of Oregon Includes resources for educators, programs for environmental education, curricula, environmental education centers, and other environmental education news.

Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Provides professional development programs for K – 16 educators

Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) NWEI’s Oregon High School Earth Club Program motivates and empowers Oregon high school students to take action on behalf of the earth by supporting extra-curricular “earth clubs.” Free events and resources include the annual Oregon Earth Club Conference held each fall at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

SOLV Curriculum geared toward service-learning, helping students connect to their community and improve their environment; grants for projects.

Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) A former non-profit organization that worked with Oregon schools and districts to bring sustainable practices into operations and classrooms. Their website outlines action steps for implementing school sustainability programs.

CLEARING Magazine CLEARING is an essential resource for K-12 and non-formal educators in the Pacific Northwest, providing teaching ideas, resources, and profiles of successful environmental and place-based education programs from around the region.

Regional Resources:

BRING Recycling is a 501(c)3 organization that has been promoting living well with less waste since 1971. BRING’s operations include an extensive used building materials sales yard, a deconstruction material salvage service, recycling operations at the County transfer station, and an award-winning education program that offers classroom visits, tours, curriculum materials, and more.

CART’M A non-profit recycling center on the north Oregon coast that operates a resale store and transfer station, diverting waste to immediate reuse or recycling.

Metro Waste Reduction Education Program Metro provides free classroom presentations, puppet shows, educational theatre assemblies and other educational materials on waste prevention.

SCRAP A non-profit organization in Portland whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

Other Resources:

Eco-Schools USA Certified Oregon Green Schools receive reciprocal status in a national network of green schools though our partner organization, Eco-Schools USA. Visit their website to access additional curriculum information.

Alliance to Save Energy Curriculum and other resources for saving energy in schools.

Chinook Book Great for fundraising!!!

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) The website for a network of professionals and students involved in environmental education throughout North America and abroad. Site features publications, conferences, news and resources.

EElinked A collection of online environmental education resources, a project of the NAAEE.

EPA’s Recycle City An interactive site with games, activities and facts about recycling. The visitor can change fictional “Dumptown” into “Recycle City.”

Metro Recycled Paint Nonprofit organizations and government agencies may qualify for reduced pricing.

NRDC: The Green Squad Web-based tool for teaching kids (grades 5-8) about environmental health in schools.

Ollie Saves the Planet Interactive website on the 3 Rs; activities for kids, resources for teachers.

Project Learning Tree Classroom-oriented environmental education curriculum with a solid waste module.

Rethinking School Lunch A growing movement has emerged to transform school lunch into a vibrant expression of education for sustainability. The Center for Ecoliteracy has launched the Rethinking School Lunch initiative as part of the national effort to restore the connection of farms to communities, meals to culture, and health to environment. Download a web-based guide for advice on procurement, waste management, curriculum and more.

National Environmental Education Week Resources for k-12 environmental education and stewardship

National Wildlife Federation, Schoolyard habitats Information on how to get certified, educator workshops and resources.

National Gardening Association, Kids Gardening program Advice, activity ideas, grants for school/kids garden projects.

EPA, Water curriculum resources Curriculum, community service projects, grant information.