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January 2015

January 2015

January is a time of renewed enthusiasm for taking action and resolving to implement change.

Oregon Green Schools is here to support your sustainability-oriented goals. In this issue, you'll find resources for actions you can take, success stories from around the state, funding for sustainability projects and opportunities for educators, families and students to continue learning about our natural resources.

Happy New Year from Oregon Green Schools!

Greener Grads Partners with Oregon Green Schools

Commencement Jason BacheGreener Grads, a national graduation sustainability initiative that launched in April 2014 in Michigan, will expand into its 20th state with a new partnership in Oregon. Starting in January 2015, Greener Grads will begin partnering with Oregon Green Schools, to recover, reuse and repurpose graduation gowns from participating schools. “We are thrilled to have an […]
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Lynch Meadows Elementary Clothing Swap

Lynch MeadowsLynch Meadows Elementary in Gresham recently held a school-wide clothing swap to benefit families in the community. The Lynch Meadows event served more than 50 families and Naomi Reichman, organizer and AmeriCorps SUN School Coordinator, has some tips to share with other Oregon Green Schools interested in organizing clothing swaps of their own. •Hold your […]
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Guy Lee Elementary’s Green Team Makes the News (again!)

GuyLeeESLast month we learned about the bottle cap mural that gained Oregon Green School, Guy Lee Elementary, accolades and this month we hear about the green team leader behind it all, Bradley Barnhart. In only three years Barnhart has cut the amount of garbage produced at the school in half, secured nearly $5,000 in grant […]
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Nature in Neighborhoods Conservation Education Grants

itsournaturelogoDo you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow. Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that […]
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Join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Jump Start Program

SLO County Bicycle CoalitionThe Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and Amity School District are partnering for the 2014/2015 school year with the BTA’s Walk+Bike Education Jump Start Program. Participating in Jump Start allows Oregon school districts, Parks and Recreation departments, and other organizations the opportunity to use the BTA’s mobile bike fleet and receive training in their award winning Bicycle Safety […]
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Free Workshops for Natural Resource Educators in Oregon

Outdoor Education by RangelandStudentsThe Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) has been a leader in providing professional development programs for K – 16 educators since its inception in the mid-1980s. ONREP programming has contributed to building thousands of educators’ understanding of Oregon’s diverse natural resources and ecosystems by providing strategies, information, and resources that instill confidence and increase […]
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Donate Used Greeting Cards to St. Jude’s

Holiday Cards Mosman LibraryCan’t bear to toss those beautiful holiday, birthday and greeting cards into the recycling bin? Give them a new life through creative reuse and support a charity in the process. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles your used greeting cards and creates new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards. Recycled cards are sold to support programs […]
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Sustainability Resources and Lesson Plans

Geoffery KehrigThis resource comes to us from the recommendation of readers Mary and her mom Susan, who are both working hard to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives. On this page you’ll find links to green cleaning options, saving energy in the home and green-themed lesson plans and activities. Thanks to Mary and Susan for sharing […]
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The Case for Switching to Reusable Dishware

Kate Sommers DishesGreen Schools around the state are bringing back durables in a big way. From replacing disposable lunch trays, to providing students with reusable water bottles and creating party supply lending libraries, schools are getting creative with techniques to limit one-time use items. The City of Portland helps us understand why incorporating reusable dish and serviceware […]
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Oregon E-Cycles Expands for 2015

Derek K. MillerIt’s getting easier to recycle more of your unwanted electronics equipment in Oregon – thanks in part to the latest expansion of the DEQ-administered and electronics manufacturer-funded Oregon E-Cycles Program. Already, you may bring your unwanted televisions, computers and monitors to one of more than 270 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state. And, beginning […]
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