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.

Oregon Dept. 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 Dept. 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 Forestry Education Program

Features a calendar of statewide forestry workshops for 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.


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

Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI)

SOSI is a three-year project to develop and implement a voluntary program that will help Oregon’s school districts and schools bring sustainable practices into their operations and classrooms.


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.


Local and regional resources:


BRING Recyclingis 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.


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.For information on garbage disposal and recycling, facilities, local contacts, waste reduction information, educational programming and services for your area, check the following links:

City of Gresham Solid Waste and Recycling

City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development

Clackamas County Garbage and Recycling

Deschutes County Solid Waste Department

Douglas County Waste Reduction Site

Eugene Solid Waste and Recycling Program

Lake Oswego Recycling and Solid Waste

Lane County Waste Management Division

Marion County Public Works – Environmental Services


Metro Waste Reduction Education Program

Washington County Cooperative Recycling Program


A central Oregon recycling program formerly called The Recycling Team, featuring, among other resources, an online swap-meet service for exchanging materials.


The site of a Portland non-profit that “collects reusable items from local businesses and distributes them to educators, artists, families and kids.”

Yamhill County Solid Waste

Portland BES stormwater program

Information on eco-roofs and landscaping for stormwater.


Other resources:


Alliance to Save Energy

Curriculum and other resources for saving energy in schools.

Chinook book

Great for fundraising!!!

EE link on the Internet

A link to environmental education resources on the internet, a project of North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

EPA’s Recycle City

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

Fast Facts about waste reduction

Online listing of more than 300 waste reduction and natural resource facts.

Metro Recycled Paint

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies may qualify for reduced pricing.


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.

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.

Watt Watchers

Free program for schools to save energy and money, sponsored by the EPA.

Classroom Earth

Reviews of the top environmental education curriculum materials and how to get them.

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.

Urban Waterworks

Establishing art and science curriculum through community-based design of beautiful, educational rainwater systems in schoolyards.