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1 Oregon Green Schools Application Entry Level (First time applicants must begin at the Entry Level) Merit Level (must have been at the Entry or Merit Level last school year to apply) Premier Level (must have been at the Merit or Premier Level last school year to apply) Is this application a renewal at the same level? Yes No Date of last certification: On behalf of the Oregon Green Schools Association, and your local OGS Regional Coordinator, we would like to welcome you to the program! This application is your primary tool for setting up your waste reduction & resource conservation program and recording your activities. Each of the five sections represents an important aspect of a successful, comprehensive program. You will be asked to describe things that you are currently doing at your school as well as what your plans are for future activities, which will require you to set concrete resource conservation goals. Since accuracy is very important in determining your school s eligibility and ongoing status as a certified Oregon Green School, please review all your school s information before submitting your application. Be sure to save your application. You will use it to determine if you ve met your goals and as a reference for future OGS applications. Please download the application, complete it, and then submit it electronically to your local OGS Regional Coordinator for review. Be sure that your OGS Regional Coordinator has reviewed your application before obtaining signatures in case changes are required. Your OGS Regional Coordinator will be able to answer any questions you may have about the application or about the Oregon Green Schools Program. To find the name of your OGS Regional Coordinator, refer to: By completing the Oregon Green Schools application you ve also completed the necessary qualifications to be an entry level Eco-School USA School and will be automatically enrolled in this program unless you opt out by checking this box:. The Eco-Schools USA program has links to standards based lesson plans and additional topics that are related to sustainability. For more information, visit: School Information Please keep in mind the following: The date, listed below, should be filled out just prior to sending in each draft of your application to your OGS Regional Coordinator. The Applicant is the teacher, student, parent volunteer, etc. who fills out this application. The listed OGS Onsite Coordinator should be a school employee who acts as the ongoing main contact at your school and can be the same person as the Applicant. The Applicant and Onsite Coordinator need to work together in meeting the requirements of the application and the Oregon Green Schools Program, and need to stay in close communication with your OGS Regional Coordinator. Applicant s Name: Applicant s Job Title: Name of School: School Type: (Charter, public, private, etc.): Address: Phone: Green Team website (if applicable): OGS Onsite Coordinator s name: School website: School District: Title 1 School? (Y/N): County: Date:

2 OGS Onsite Coordinator s job title: Phone: Number of students: Number of Staff: Grade levels served: Name of Garbage Company: What company provides your natural gas? What company provides your electricity? Name of School Principal: addresses of those who would like to receive OGS newsletter: Is your school involved in any other Green School-type programs? Please list: Name of Recycling Company (if different): 1. INVOLVEMENT: How your school involves staff, students and others in your resource conservation program. Describe your waste reduction/resource conservation program. Things you need to include: (see Examples document for ideas) A) How do you educate, train, and encourage staff and students to participate in your program. B) How do you publicize your program. C) How does your parent group (PTA/PTO) participate and support your program. D How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday facilities operations. E) How do you integrate resource conservation in to extra-curricular events. If applying for Entry Level, move on to Section 2. If applying for Merit or Premier Level, please answer the following before moving on to Section 2. Merit Level and Premier Level F) Describe how your school provided direct waste reduction education and assistance to another school within the last year. It is important to provide assistance to other schools because others benefit from your experience and knowledge. Briefly describe the outcome of your school s assistance to the other school.

3 Premier Level- G) Describe how your school provided waste reduction/resource conservation education or assistance to the local community during the last year. It is important to provide assistance to your community because others benefit from your experience and knowledge. Briefly describe the outcome of your school s community efforts. 2. EVALUATION A. Garbage Generation: How much garbage is disposed at your school? First you need to determine if you have a compactor (compacted bagged garbage), or a container (loose bagged garbage). Compacted garbage, on average, is equal to three times that of loose garbage. Next you need to determine the size of each garbage container (ex. 4 cu yards, 3 cu yards, 2 cu yards or 1.5 cu yards), multiply by how full they are on pickup day (ex. 50% full = multiply by 0.5), and add the volumes if you have more than one container. For example Our school has 2 garbage containers, each of them are 2 cu yards in size, and both are 3/4 full on pickup day each week [2 cu yards x 0.75 = 1.5 cu yards per container x 2 containers = 3 cu yards total]. Or Our school has one three yard compacter pulled once a week. 3x3=9 cubic yards of garbage total. HINT: When in doubt, check with your garbage hauler for this information. Your garbage hauler may tell you how big your container is, not how much garbage they pick up each week. Give kids active learning experience and track the trash levels. Your OGS Regional Coordinator can provide you with Trash Tracking forms to make this job easy and fun! Weekly volume OR weight of garbage: cubic yards pounds (amount) B. Conduct a garbage audit to determine your school s current solid waste composition. This exercise will help you identify materials in garbage cans (not recycling) that you can strive to reduce - those that would be logical targets for reducing, reusing, recycling, or composting. *Suggestion Conduct annual waste audits each fall to determine your goals for the year. An annual waste audit is helpful, but not required. To maintain your Oregon Green Schools status a waste audit must only be completed every three years. HINT: Evaluate the contents of your garbage cans, not recycling. You will find an easy-to-use audit form and instructions at: ALL LEVELS- Briefly describe the types, volumes, and sources of materials found during the waste audit (use chart below). Of everything that you found in the garbage, what percentage of it could have been recycled, reused or composted in your school s existing program? Also include an explanation of how you conducted your waste audit. The next time you perform a waste audit you will want to be able to repeat your method so you can accurately compare data and determine your progress. Be sure to include a copy of your completed audit form when you submit your application.

4 Type of Material Weekly Volume (indicate gallons or cubic yards) Source (list area where material was found) % of Total Waste If applying for Entry or Merit Level, please go on to letter E. If applying for Premier Level, please answer the following before moving on to E. C) Premier Level- In addition to your garbage audit, create at least one chart or graph depicting your waste composition to display in a school hall and present it to the school or parent groups. Attach chart or graph to application for review by OGS Regional Coordinator. D) Premier Level- Compare this audit to your most recent application and explain the differences in your results. E. ALL LEVELS- Recycling Generation: What recyclable material is being collected at your school? Check each material that you are currently recycling at your school Commingled/mixed recycling (paper, plastic, metal, etc.) Glass Fluorescent light bulbs Batteries Milk cartons (if available) Printer cartridges Cell phones Plastic bags Other Other Check if currently collecting Weekly volume OR weight of recycling: Amount Volume (select applicable unit) Commingle/mixed recycling gallons cubic yards pounds Cardboard (optional) gallons cubic yards pounds Do you compost at your school? (Optional) Amount Volume (select applicable unit) Compostable gallons cubic yards pounds

5 F. Merit Level & Premier Level- Recycle Audit take it a step further HINT: When in doubt, check with your garbage hauler for this information. Your hauler may tell you how big your container is, not how much recycling they pick up each week. Give kids active learning experience and track the recycling levels. List recycling volume/weight by type- paper, plastics, metal, glass, etc. - even if you have commingle collection For examples of other items for recycling collection, see Examples document. Weekly volume OR weight of recycling by type: Merit & Premier list at least 6 items PREMIER ONLY- Volume measurements required of Premier (optional for Merit) Amount Volume (select applicable unit) Type of Recyclable- Other gallons cubic yards pounds Other gallons cubic yards pounds G. ALL LEVELS- How much water and energy does your school use? ENERGY AND WATER USAGE OBSERVATIONS. Walk through your school and observe how and where energy and water are being used. Determine areas where energy and water can be conserved. Use these observations to help set your energy and water usage goals listed below. HINT: Check with your school district facilities department or your utility companies for help with this information or learn how to read your school s meters at: Enter your school s average monthly water and energy usage. Water usage: gallons cubic feet Oil: gallons (check one) Natural gas: Therms Electricity usage: kwh Other: If applying for Entry or Merit Level, please go on to Section 3. H. Premier Level- How do these figures compare to those reported in your Merit Level Application or previous Premier Level, if this is a renewal application? 3. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, CONSERVE (see Examples document)

6 Did You Know? Oregon recently implemented a law, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) law, which has highlights many common pesticides used and seeks to reduce toxic exposures at school. Check with your administration to be sure your school is in compliance. A. All Levels: Reduce and Reuse: Briefly describe how your school reduces and reuses materials in order to reduce solid waste and conserve resources. Please tell us what you are doing to reduce waste (not what you are doing to recycle). B. Premier Level Reduction: Describe how your school has reduced the consumption of a product in the past year. List the product(s) or material(s) and a description of what your school did. Please estimate the cost savings and impact, if any, on your school s waste stream. EXAMPLE: campaign to use fewer paper towels, switched to reusable lunch plates or utensils, switched to electronic newsletter delivery instead of paper, eliminated straws, double-capacity toner cartridges, etc.) C. Merit & Premier- Buy Recycled: Purchase at least one item containing post-consumer recycled content. List the product your school purchases and uses that contains post-consumer content. Include the percentage of postconsumer content. (see Examples document) D. Conserve: Briefly describe how your school reduces energy and water usage. (see Examples document) ALL LEVELS Briefly describe how your school reduces energy usage. ALL LEVELS Briefly describe how your school reduces water usage E. Merit- Conserve: How is energy and water conservation incorporated into the operations of your school? (see Examples document) F. Premier- Conserve: Describe how the energy and water conservation methods incorporated into the operations of your school (as described in your Merit Level application or previous Premier Level application if this is a renewal) affected water and energy usage. (see Examples document)

7 ACTIVITY: Using your monthly kwh totals, calculate your school s annual electricity-related Green House Gas emissions. ( monthly kwh x 12 months) x 1.1 lbs = Total number of pounds 4. GOALS Below you will outline what your school will accomplish by continuing to improve and expand its waste reduction and resource conservation program. IMPORTANT: Choose realistic, measurable goals such as reduction by a certain percentage, quantity or volume, or target a particular material. ALL LEVELS- A. Waste Reduction: What are your school s waste reduction goals and how will you achieve them? Remember to use the information from your audits to set and achieve your goals. If you need ideas for goals, review the Examples document. Reduce waste Recycling Energy Water If applying for Entry Level, skip down to D: Permanence.

8 B. Merit Level- Outline what your school will accomplish by continuing to improve and expand its waste reduction and resource conservation program. Identify a school-wide policy for reducing waste. Include a copy of your school s waste reduction/resources conservation policy statement. C. Premier Level- ACCOMPLISHED: Describe how you carried out your plan and completed your waste reduction and resource conservation goals described in your previous application(s). List previous goals and tell us how you ve met each of these goals. List those goals not achieved and their obstacles. ALL LEVELS- D. Permanence: Describe the plan to maintain your school s program over time. For example, how will the practices and attitudes be made permanent? How will the program survive if key players move on? Will responsibilities be included in staff job descriptions? Is there a district-wide policy in place that will support your efforts into the future? 5. REPORTING Inform key members of the school community of your school s waste reduction/resource conservation program and Green Schools Application: Principal Teaching Staff Custodial Staff School Food Service Staff Parent Organization Student Government/Club Premier Level- Report waste reduction, recycling, composting and resource conservation efforts to the School Board. Briefly describe how the school board was notified of the school s goals and program results. Premier Level- Spread the word about your school s remarkable program. Work with your OGS Regional Coordinator to write up highlights of your school s resource conservation program for publication on the Oregon Green Schools web page. Your narrative should be 3-5 paragraphs in length and include a list of achievements. Refer to the web page at: for samples of those already posted (Ex. Kelly Creek Elementary, Chavez Elementary, Oak Creek Elementary). Premier Level- Please provide a digital photo or photos to be posted along with this narrative on the Oregon Green Schools webpage. Send it along with your electronic copy of this application to your Oregon Green Schools Coordinator.

9 Please help us assess our program by answering the following question: How has your school changed as a result of your Oregon Green School certification efforts? (Describe how attitudes, behaviors, or systems have changed at school or in staff members or students homes because of your school s program.) *Reminder- Be sure to have your Regional Coordinator review your application before obtaining signatures. Applicant s signature Principal s signature For Principal- By completing the Oregon Green Schools entry level application you ve also completed the necessary qualifications to be an entry level Eco-School USA School and will be automatically enrolled in this program unless you opt out by checking this box. Head Custodian s signature 6. CELEBRATE!!! Do you have an upcoming assembly or class meeting where you would like to have your certificate presented? Schedule a date/time with your OGS Regional Coordinator to celebrate and be recognized for all of your hard work. Thank you for applying to be an Oregon Green School!!! You are joining the ranks of schools that are making real-world steps toward linking economic, educational, and environmental issues. Please send an electronic copy of this completed application to your Oregon Green Schools Regional Coordinator. In addition, mail a hard copy with original signatures affixed, along with a paper copy of your waste audit form! To find the name of your coordinator, refer to: For OGS Regional Coordinator only: Received: 20 Approved: 20 Awarded: 20

10 Green School Application Checklist Use this checklist to help you fill out your Oregon Green School Application. It will also help track your progress up through the three levels of recognition: Entry, Merit, and Premier Green School. Section: Entry Merit Premier 1. INVOLVEMENT Identify designated on-site resource conservation coordinator. 1A Provide education, training and encouragement to staff, students & families. 1B Publicize and promote the program. 1C Involve parent group in program 1D Practice resource conservation operation of school facilities. 1E Demonstrate the integration of waste reduction into the scope of the school s functions. 1F Provide waste reduction education and assistance to another school. 1G Provide waste reduction education and assistance to the community. 2. EVALUATION 2A Determine your weekly garbage volume 2B Conduct a waste evaluation and identify the types, volumes, and sources of materials found in the school s garbage. 2C create at least one chart or graph depicting your waste composition to display in a school hall and present it to the school or parent groups 2D Compare this audit to the one reported in your previous application and explain the differences in your results. 2E Estimate the volume OR weight of recycled materials collected at the school weekly. 2F Recycling Audit: Merit and Premier Only 2G Determine water and energy usage 2H Compare results of waste evaluation to previous application and explain differences. 3. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, CONSERVE 3A Describe how the school reduces and reuses materials to reduce waste and conserve resources. 3B Demonstrate a reduction in the purchase or consumption of a product. 3C Purchase at least one item containing post-consumer recycled content. 2E Recycle at least 3 materials. 3D Describe how the school conserves energy and water. 2F Recycle at least 6 materials. 3E Incorporate energy and water conservation into the operations of the school. 3F Describe how implementing resource conservation has affected energy and water usage. 3G Calculate your school s annual electricity-related air pollution production 4. GOALS 4A Establish waste reduction goals for garbage/recycling, energy and water. 4A Define method and steps to be taken to accomplish those goals. 4B Identify a school-wide policy for reducing waste and conserving resources. 4C Demonstrate completion of waste reduction goals and objectives established

11 4D in the school s original Green School application. Define method for maintaining waste reduction and resource conservation plan over time. 5. REPORTING 5A Inform principal, teaching staff, custodial staff, food service provider, parent organization and student government/club of school s program Submit paper copy of complete waste evaluation form with application 5B Inform school board of school s program 5C Provide narrative and digital photos of your achievements

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