Certification covers a range of sustainability areas, including:
Oregon Green Schools’ At-Home Certification provides a platform and process through which students can bring their sustainability learning home and affect change within their households.
The At-Home Certification features six project options adapted from our six certification tracks; Waste, Reuse and Recycling, Wasted Food, Energy Conservation, Walk and Roll, Gardens and Grounds, and Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention. The certification is geared towards students in grades 6-8 with optional extension activities to scaffold up if needed. Each project option includes learning resources and simple DIY sustainability activities and actions that students can easily complete at home with their families.
Waste, Reuse, and Recycling
There are many opportunities for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling within schools. As you certify in this area, your students will assess how much and what types of garbage and recycling your school is currently generating and come up with an action plan for how you can reduce waste and recycle better using the included activities and resources.
Turn your cafeteria into a classroom!
Across America, 30-40% of the food produced is lost or wasted. School cafeterias and lunch programs can serve as a real world learning environment for students to understand the issues surrounding wasted food and the connection between food and its environmental impacts.
Assess how much food waste your school cafeteria or lunch program is currently generating and come up with ideas for how to reduce waste and improve nutrition, health, and well-being at your school. Detailed instructions for conducting a waste audit as well as curriculum resources are provided.
Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention
Walk and Roll to School
Have fun getting to school every day!
While we were all working and learning from home, many of us created new habits of walking and rolling around our neighborhoods. We want to help your students continue as they begin commuting back to school by walking, biking, and rolling to school with their friends! With more feet, bikes, wheelchairs, scooters, etc. on the street, we can create better communities and better neighborhoods.
Collect information about how your students are getting to and from school to understand the transportation culture of your community. Education lessons are provided to teach safe walking and rolling to your students. Get started on your path to Safe Routes to School!
The nation’s 17,450 K-12 school districts spend more than $8 billion annually on energy — more than is spent on computers and textbooks combined and second only to personnel costs. In addition, heating, cooling, and lighting account for 70% of school energy use, putting green teams in a unique position to significantly improve energy efficiency by encouraging energy behavior modification. Improving energy efficiency in school buildings not only saves money but provides significant environmental and educational benefits.
Through this certification track students will become energy-literate, understanding how energy is generated and the various energy mixes used in Oregon. They will assess their school’s energy use and make informed decisions about energy consumption, conservation and efficiency. Instructions for conducting an energy audit as well as curriculum resources are provided.
Gardens and Grounds
Studies show that time spent outdoors for learning during the school day is critical to the intellectual, emotional and physical health of students.
Providing students with quality opportunities to directly experience the natural world can improve students’ overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health and understanding of nature.
As part of the Oregon Green School Network of schools, we want to award your school for efforts in connecting students with the natural world either through outdoor environmental education, schoolyard habitats or school gardens.
Each certification area will follow the same format:
- Investigation and Interview
- Classroom Activities and Connections
- Green School Spotlight: Share your green team/green school’s successes and goals with the school community
- Goals and Action Plan: Set goals for improvement and complete the Action Plan
New to OGS? Learn how to certify and join hundreds of schools across the state working to improve their schools and communties.
Already a Green School? Each time your school certifies in a new area you will receive a badge on our website in addition to a personalized certificate. Can you collect all six badges?