Oregon Green Schools
Oregon Green Schools (OGS) is dedicated to energizing and engaging students through student-driven activities that advance their understanding and ownership of sustainability.
In schools across Oregon, students, teachers, staff, and volunteers are conserving resources and making a difference in their communities. Oregon Green Schools provides hands-on assistance, curriculum, and funding resources. School tools and resources can be found here.
Oregon Green Schools Certification Program is an opportunity for your school to receive additional educational support, guidance, and recognition. Find out more on how to join here.
The Sustainability Program Manager is the Green Schools Regional Coordinator for PPS and is available to support schools through the application process.
2018 Portland Public Schools Selected As School District Scholarship Recipient
Portland, OR – November 12, 2018 – Portland Public Schools has been chosen by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of only five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year. Portland Public Schools will receive ongoing support from the Center over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.
“The District is very excited and honored to be awarded this scholarship. We look forward to participating in various conferences and workshops and to share best practices around sustainability in our schools with other districts across the country. We hope to bring back a fresh perspective so that we can start implementing even more programs here at PPS” – Aaron Presberg, Senior Program Manager of Energy and Sustainability.
“Through words and actions, the leadership and staff at Portland Public Schools have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and a strong foundation to benefit from all that the school district scholarship program provides,” said Anisa Heming, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “Through the scholarship program, Portland Public Schools will make significant strides toward its goal to provide schools that are both healthy for people and the planet, as well as teach students the principles of sustainability and stewardship. Its staff will benefit from a strong national network of support as well as educational opportunities and one-on-one coaching. Portland Public Schools is already a leader in the green schools movement. Through this program, they will keep their leading edge.”
The five recipients of School District Scholarships represent more than 102,000 students in 170 schools from communities all across the country, including: Carlisle Area School District (PA), Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (NC), Mesa County School District 51 (CO), Missoula County Public Schools (MT), Portland Public Schools (OR).
Benefits available to each of these districts include participation in the School Sustainability Leaders’ Summit, an annual event that convenes staff responsible for sustainability programs from school districts large and small, providing direct access to resource conservation managers, energy managers, facilities directors and other industry experts. Scholarship recipients are also provided ongoing professional development support and direct access to the nation’s leading green schools experts throughout the year.
To kick off the scholarship year, all recipients are provided an all-expense-paid trip to the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Chicago November 14-16 for focused learning and networking. In order to broaden the impact of the scholarship in the selected school districts, teachers from each district will be offered an opportunity to take the Green Classroom Professional certificate course and will be granted free access to sustainability curriculum through Learning Lab. Each scholarship winner will also have the opportunity to send two staff, all expenses paid, to the annual Green Schools Conference and Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota, in April 2019.
Green schools can significantly lower district operating costs, putting money back into classrooms. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that improving specific aspects of a student’s classroom environment like daylight, air quality, and noise levels leads to better memory, attention, concentration, task speed and more. The School District Scholarship program allows administrators to evaluate and plan for changes system wide and to elevate the level of the conversation in their communities regarding green school design and operation.
The scholarship for Portland Public Schools is funded through the Center. More information about the scholarship program can be viewed at centerforgreenschools.org.
About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council was founded with a vision to ensure green schools for all students in this generation. The Center believes that everyone, from the kindergartener entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student researching in a lab, should have the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers. Working with school decision makers, community volunteers, and thought leaders in the public and private sectors, the Center drives progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment. To learn more please visit http://www.centerforgreenschools.org.