Al Kennedy High

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 3/22/19, Expires on 3/22/22

About the Al Kennedy High Program:

Al Kennedy High has an integrated Green Team offered through the school’s SPARK program, providing elective classes to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The class meets twice per week, and is focused upon projects that reduce resource consumption at the school.

 

To reduce waste in the cafeteria the school uses durable cups, plates and silverware, while the kitchen uses reusable gloves and aprons. Printers at the school are set to print double-sided, and they send staff memos, announcements, and newsletters by email.

 

There is a donation station for staff and students to share unwanted items. Water savings are achieved through watering early in the morning, avoiding watering on rainy or windy days, sweeping instead of pressure washing, mulching mourned plants and trees, and using drip irrigation where applicable.

 

Through its listed goals, the school’s Green Team has committed to educating staff and students about reducing plastic, recycling properly, and water conservation using periodic school-wide presentations. They will be creating and distributing bins in each classroom to hold paper that been used on one side, allowing the paper to be used a second time before being recycled. They will also be increasing the number of recycling bins available on campus, and planting more native plants to further reduce their water use.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 12/11/18

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 71%

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • We use durable cups, plates and silverware in the teacher's lounge.

  • We use half sheets instead of full sheets of paper wherever possible

  • When possible, we email our school newsletter and other information for parents instead of sending hard copies

  • Staff memos and announcements are sent via email or posted instead of individually printed

  • We use less toxic cleaning products

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • We eliminated T-12 lights and magnetic ballasts and replaced with T8 lights with electric ballasts.

  • We checked all school faucets' hot water to ensure that the water temperature is between 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Our school's sprinkler system automatically avoids watering on rainy or windy days and is set to water early in the morning.

  • We have added mulch around plants and trees to reduce evaporation and weeds.

  • Our school's sprinkler system automatically avoids watering on rainy or windy days and is set to water early in the morning.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: School-wide presentation about reducing waste will be held in the cafeteria once per year. It will be used to launch an action campaign that focuses on reducing the school’s use of plastic. This year it will focus on reducing and/or eliminating the use of plastic utensils during lunch time. Educational materials will be provided to teachers to post in their classrooms with the information from the presentation.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) The Green Team will meet to decide on (a) the main topic of out presentations, (b) create a detailed outline, (c) determine who will be in charge of each part of the presentation,

(2) They will inform the principal of the time and day of the presentation,

(3) Create all the materials to distribute,

(4) Complete the presentations,

(5) Distribute materials

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Create and distribute a one-sided paper bin for each classroom to make sure that paper is being used on both side before it is put in the recycling bin.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Create a one-sided bin for each classroom (a) determine materials needed, (b) create all bins, (c) distribute bins,

(2) Educate and inform staff and students about what it is, where it is, why we have it, and how to use it,

(3) Check up on bins twice a year to ensure they are being used.

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase the amount of recycling bins available on campus.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Assess where the greatest need for recycling bins are around the campus

(2) Determine whether we need to buy more bins, order the from our recycling provider, or if there is something that we can re-purpose that is already on campus

(3) Place the new recycling bins around campus (4) Inform the school of the increased number of bins and where to find them.

Recycling - Goal 2: School-wide presentation about recycling will be held in the cafeteria once per year. Educational materials will be provided to teachers to post in their classrooms with the information from the presentation.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) The Green Team will meet to decide on (a) the main topic of out presentations, (b) create a detailed outline, (c) determine who will be in charge of each part of the presentation,

(2) They will inform the principal of the time and day of the presentation,

(3) Create all the materials to distribute,

(4) Complete the presentations,

(5) Distribute materials

Energy - Goal 1: The Green Team will create a pledge that all teachers will sign to use as much natural light in their classroom as possible.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) The Green team will write the pledge and review it for accuracy.

(2) They will then distribute it to all staff members at the school.

(3) Staff will be asked to sign it and affix it to their classroom wall

Energy - Goal 2: The Green Team will create uniform signs that will be posted above all light switches, reminding staff and students to turn off the lights when they leave the classroom

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) They will design signs that are bright, noticeable, and uniform.

(2) Signs will be printed on durable paper either at school or professionally.

(3) Signs will be posted up on every light switch that is by a doorway.

(4) Signs will be checked twice each year to see if they need fixing/replacing

Water - Goal 1: We will plant native plants around the school campus to reduce water usage when it is not raining

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Determine which places will need native plants and which native plants are best suited for each area.

(2) Acquire native plants by either buying them, receiving donations, or transplanting them from our garden to other places throughout the school.

(3) Create informative signs to place next to each type of plant (a) determine design, (b) create or order signs, (c) install signs near each plant

Water - Goal 2: School-wide presentation about water use, reduction, and its importance will be held in the cafeteria once per year. Educational materials will be provided to teachers to post in their classrooms with the information from the presentation.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) The Green Team will meet to decide on (a) the main topic of out presentations, (b) create a detailed outline, (c) determine who will be in charge of each part of the presentation,

(2) They will inform the principal of the time and day of the presentation,

(3) Create all the materials to distribute,

(4) Complete the presentations,

(5) Distribute materials

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Monitoring – What’s in that smelly dumpster?

(3) Cafeteria Composting

Would you like to help Al Kennedy High at being greener?

 

Contact Joshua Frankel – greenschools@live.com / 541-636-0096. He is the local OGS coordinator, and he will get you everything you need including:

  • The Oregon Green Schools application.

  • The information you need to schedule your waste audit/garbage sort.

  • A list of sample goals.

Together we can help your school save money, reduce waste, and conserve energy/water. Thanks for participating in the Oregon Green Schools program!

(This page was updated: 4/3/19.)