Coburg Community Charter School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 6/6/16, Expires on 6/6/19

About the Coburg Community OGS Program:

In the fall, each classroom teacher shows the students where and what can be recycled at school.  Students are also encouraged to take only what they will use with both school supplies and food in the salad bar.

Currently, we do not publicize our program in the school newsletter.  Adding a green school section in our school newsletter is a goal for the 2016-17 school year.

Parent volunteers have helped with research and resource allocation for our green school goals.

We encourage staff and students to recycle materials in the school and each classroom has a mixed recycling bin. We also recycle fluorescent bulbs, printer cartridges, and cell phones. This year we started collecting used markers and highlighters that will be sent to Crayola through the ColorCycle program who will then repurpose the materials. Cardboard is reused at school for art projects and one sided copy paper is used for scratch paper in classes. We use washable trays and silverware in the lunch room. We encourage staff and students to turn off lights when they leave a room. Many teachers utilize online resources for assignments to reduce the amount of paper waste. We have a school closet where families can donate and purchase gently used Bronco wear (dress code clothing). Students and staff are encouraged to turn off lights as they leave a room. This past year, 90% of school lighting fixtures were retrofitted with updated energy efficient lighting. The heating is on a timer to reduce the amount of energy used. Our classrooms have large windows and many teachers utilize natural lighting for most of the day.

We have stopped handing out cheap, mostly plastic prizes at our annual Harvest Festival.  lnstead, we harvested sunflower seeds and packaged them in wax paper bags for prizes. Our monthly newsletter used to be printed out on paper and sent home with students, but now we have an e-newsletter instead.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/5/15

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 52%

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • Cardboard is reused at school for art projects and one sided copy paper is used for scratch paper in classes.

  • Copy paper reuse bins are located in the copy room and some classrooms. We use washable trays and silverware in the lunch room.

  • Many teachers utilize online resources for assignments to reduce the amount of paper waste (e.g. Google Classroom).

  • Tomato sauce cans (10lbs) are used to collect markers for the Crayola Color Cycle program; extras cans are used in art class; some cans are used for pencils and other uses.

  • Plant start pots are reused for the annual plant sale in the spring.

  • We have a school closet where families can donate and purchase gently used Bronco wear (dress code clothing).

  • Most teachers use mini white boards (and dry erase markers) for classroom instruction instead of paper.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Students and staff are encouraged to turn off lights as they leave a room by their teachers and peers.

  • This past year, 90% of school lighting fixtures were retrofitted with updated energy efficient lighting. 

  • The heating is on a timer to reduce the amount of energy used.

  • Our classrooms have large windows and many teachers utilize natural lighting for most of the day.

  • Students in the middle school have designed and built a/c units using old coolers, and frozen bottles of water (air is pushed by fans from recycled computer parts).

  • Drip irrigation system for the school garden. 

  • The old plumbing fixtures in the school are being maintained and replaced as needed.

  • Students are encouraged to make sure they turn the faucets all the way off when using them in classrooms and restrooms.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Increase the use of reusable materials at events (birthdays, etc.), and daily in-class activities.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) The Green Team will be putting together sets of plates and cups to be used for classroom parties (which happen almost daily).

(2) Home Ec class is sewing napkins to be used in the party kits and cloth erasers to be used in classrooms for individual mini whiteboards.

(3) Students will continue to be encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to school to be used instead of bringing bottled water.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reducing food waste in the cafeteria.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) During back to school week, students will be instructed to take only what they think they will actually eat on our Fall school behavior expectations tour.

(2) Student leaders will be on hand in the cafeteria for the first two weeks to help cement the expectation.

(3) Student leaders will also create signs for the cafeteria reminding students to reduce food waste.

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase the amount of materials that are recycled at our school though education and rewards.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Student leaders will be providing a mini-lesson to each class on the importance of recycling (middle school classes will be in-charge of this for their buddy classes at the lower grades).  

(2) Students will also make recycling signage (yes/no chart) to put near waste and recycling bins suitable for all ages.

(3) Students will do spontaneous check-ins, and reward the class with the least amount of recyclable material in the waste bins.

Recycling - Goal 2: Start composting our food scraps from lunch. (We already separate our food scraps, but they are not composted. We generate too much compostable material in the lunchroom to be composted on-site.)

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Complete research on a system that will work for our school (a parent is currently researching different options). The goal is to find a service that will pick up our compostable waste, and pay for the service with funds from Green Team fundraising efforts.

(2) We will implement the new program, and educate students how to use it.

(3) We will evaluate the program and ask for feedback from staff and students each year

Energy - Goal 1: Reduce lighting usage.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Students will create signs for each lightswitch in the school reminding people to turn out the lights.

(2) There will also be reminders to turn out the lights on the morning announcements at the beginning of the month.

(3) Student leaders will be sent around to look for classes with their lights out (when no one is there) to be announced during a monthly green team "shout out."

Energy - Goal 2: Reduce heating use.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) At staff meetings, and through periodic emails, staff will be encouraged to set their individual thermostats to no higher than 68° in the classrooms with a thermostat. For the main building the thermostat will be set at 68°.

(2) All classroom teachers will be encouraged to close the blinds in the classroom before leaving at night to insulate the classroom from the cold, and plentiful, windows.

(3) Students will be encouraged to bring a hoody/sweater to school to use in the classroom to keep warm.

(4) The Green Team will research ways to better insulate the classrooms in the winter.

Water - Goal 1: Encourage water conservation schoolwide.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Student leaders will educate their peers on the importance of water conservation in the classroom and in the school garden.

(2) They will also create signage for sinks encouraging students to turn the water all the way off when using school faucets.

Water - Goal 2: Harness rainwater for use in the greenhouse.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) Raise funds for a water catchment system to be designed by middle school students. Funds will be raised by placing collection bins for bottles and cans in the cafeteria and staff room and the bottles and cans will be returned for a deposit on an as needed basis.  

(2) Students will design simple water collection systems using donated and upcycled materials.

(3) They will then pitch their project designs to their peers and Green Team members. The winning design will be put into production.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

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

Would you like to help Coburg Charter 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.)