Charlemagne Elementary School

Current Status:

Merit Level - Certified on 5/29/13, Expires on 5/29/16 (NEEDS UPGRADE OR RENEWAL)

About the Charlemagne OGS Program:

Charlemagne regularly publishes an online newspaper to post important events. Teachers and staff are encouraged to discuss and promote composting and conservation. Particular days are set aside as 'bike or walk to school' days. Sanipac recycling containers are available in multiple locations throughout the school.

Email is the main form of communication between staff and parents, and these go out frequently. We have daily announcements over the loudspeaker, often including green events. We participated in EWEB's earth day celebration where a team of fourth graders presented a poster and spoke about our composting system.

PTO donates $500 annually to the school garden/green team. PTO makes time to discuss 'green topics' whenever it is requested.

We have recycling bins set up in classrooms. Faucets have automatic turn-off. We compost our cafeteria food waste. Charlemagne garden club and kitchen staff are working together to cook and serve fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the school garden. A composting system saves waste and creates nutrient rich soil to be used in the school garden.

Most of the lights throughout the school are either compact or regular florescent bulbs. Some of our lights shut off automatically. Sprinkler systems are set on timers. Most faucets have automatic shut-off and drinking fountains are 'push button.'

Email is used when possible to cut back on paper waste. Teachers use donated found objects and recycled art supplies for classroom projects. Many teachers make double-sided copies. Unclaimed lost and found items are periodically donated to local charities.

We make a point to have an all school garden work party each fall and spring. We celebrate earth day by inviting parents and students to donate and plant plants of their choice (purchased new or dug up from their home gardens) in the school garden.

We discourage using non-recyclable plastic toys and trinkets for student prizes during school or school events. We also discourage the use of single serve snacks at class parties or using non-recyclable plates and cups etc.

How have you helped another school with waste reduction education and/or assistance within the last year?

We have been corresponding with an elementary school in Melbourne, Australia  about our composting system as well as our other green practices. We have shared advice and information back and forth. We also had some students present a poster about our composting at Fox Hollow at an EWEB earth day event.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/13/13

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 48%

Our "School-Wide" policy for reducing waste
(Merit-level Requirement):

We, the students, staff and parents, at Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School make it our mission to do the following:

  • We aim to help the environment through composting, recycling and reducing.

  • We aim to encourage resource conservation, including water, energy and paper products.

  • We aim to celebrate personal responsibility, global citizenship and our planet.

  • We aim to teach, through French/English, ourselves and others about the importance of being “Green.”

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • Email is used when possible to cut back on paper waste.

  • Teachers use donated found objects and recycled art supplies for classroom projects.

  • Many teachers make double-sided copies.

  • Unclaimed lost and found items are periodically donated to local charities.

  • Cafeteria composting cuts down on waste.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Most of the lights throughout the school are either compact or regular florescent bulbs.

  • Some of our lights shut off automatically.

  • Sprinkler systems are set on timers.

  • Most faucets have automatic shut-off and drinking fountains are 'push button.'

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Continue to reduce cafeteria waste by updating our composting system.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Educate students and their families about composting and reducing lunch waste.

(2) Conduct an annual food waste audit and display results at the science fair or earth day event.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Continue to reduce paper waste throughout the school.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Put reminders to conserve on all bathroom paper towel dispensers.

(2) Encourage staff to reduce paper waste (double sided copying, using half sheets when possible).

(3) Encourage students and teachers to use both side of paper.

(4) Conduct annual non-food waste audits and display results at the science fair or earth day event.

Recycling - Goal 1: Continue to raise awareness among staff/students about the importance of recycling.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Survey parents and teachers for ideas to encourage recycling.

(2) Implement at least one idea by the end of each school year.

Recycling - Goal 2: Continue to encourage reuse and recycling.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Award a ribbon to any science fair display or project that uses recycled materials,

(2) Establish a household battery collection bin in the office & encourage its use by parents and staff.

(3) Increase availability of recycling and compost containers in the school.

(4) Increase recycling compliance at school events

Energy - Goal 1: Continue to reduce Charlemagne's electricity use.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Put "turn me off at night" reminders on all computers.

(2) Encourage the use of natural light when possible.

(3) Replace bulbs with energy efficient models when feasible.

Energy - Goal 2: Continue to raise awareness of the importance of electricity conservation.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Once day per month remind students/staff (in the principal's daily announcement) of the importance of energy conservation.

(2) Encourage teachers to incorporate this in their science programs.

Water - Goal 1: Continue conserving water.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Place reminders to conserve water on all bathroom sinks.

(2) Consider replacing exiting faucets with automatic shut-off models.

(3) Conduct a feasibility study of the school site for a rain collection system.

Water - Goal 2: Continue raising awareness of the importance of water conservation.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Encourage teachers to incorporate water conservation into their science projects.

(2) Encourage an upper class to setup and monitor a rain gauge. Display the results annually at the science fair.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Charlemagne 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: 9/24/16.)