Bertha Holt Elementary School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 5/24/19, Expires on 5/24/22

About the Holt OGS Program:

How do you publicize your program?

We have classroom presentations on waste prevention, energy or water conservation. Students present during assemblies or morning meetings about the green team. We have periodic presentations to the staff about the green team efforts. We prominently display our Oregon Green Schools certificate, window decals, etc.


We include periodic environmental messages in our school announcements. We include short articles in the school newsletter about ways that families can be green at home. We have let the school know about our programs in a school assembly. We teach students and parents about waste-free lunches.

We have created resource conservation or recycling contests between grade levels or between students and teachers. We have established an environmental club/green team. We host several "Walk & Roll to School" events throughout the year to promote activity as well as sustainability.

How does your parent group (PTA/PTO) participate and support your program?

They include waste reduction in the planning of school events like plays, carnivals, dinners, and sporting events. Our PTA/PTO has a board position for green schools or sustainability. They provide funding for student-led sustainability efforts.

We have bottle drop bags around school to keep cans and bottles out of the trash, We host electronic recycling competitions, hosted a plastic bag collection and won 2 park benches created from the bags, hosted and supported Plastic Round Up with Green Schools and promote on our Parent Facebook Page and Quick News.

How do you integrate resource conservation into extra-curricular events?

Set up recycling at sporting events, plays, school dances, community events, etc. We provide Bottle Drop collection areas for Parent meetings, Bingo Nights and Holtoberfest.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/19/19

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 27%

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • We have set our printers to print double-sided and/or we encourage staff to print double-sided whenever possible

  • We created a donation station/Reuse closet where people can drop off or pick up used clothing, games, sporting equipment, Halloween costumes, etc.

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

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

  • We use less toxic cleaning products that have been endorsed by a 3rd party (like EcoLogo or Design for the Environment).

  • We donate unclaimed lost and found and other unwanted items to our families, a thrift store or homeless shelter.

  • 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 durable trays in cafeteria (not silverware), we use washable aprons but not gloves in cafeteria.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Lights are on a sensor.

  • Computers are automatically turned off every night.

  • Our thermostats are on automatic settings (cool when temperatures reach 76 degrees and heat when temperatures drop to 67 degrees).

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

  • The refrigerators in our school have adequate seals and the custodian cleans the refrigerator coils annually.

  • Computers in our school automatically shut down at the end of the day. 

  • Outdoor lightening is LED, We host several "Walk & Roll to School" events promoting activity as well as sustainability.

  • We installed/have timers for bathroom faucets and/or locker room showers.

  • We reminded everyone to report leaks when they are noticed either inside or outside the school.

  • We ensured that all toilets are low flow.

  • We adjust the irrigation for seasonal rain fall in our area or do not irrigate in areas that can go dormant in the summer.

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

  • Sprinklers are only seasonally run.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: To reduce our school’s garbage by implementing waste reduction throughout the school.


(1) Contact 4J and get our trash compacter repaired ASAP,

(2) Teach students and parents about waste-free lunches through a “pahs” meeting, and a quick news email.

(3) create an organized spot to keep art supplies for reuse (including newspaper, magazines, brown paper bags, toilet paper rolls, markers and crayons).

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Use less paper and encourage reuse of paper resources through ensuring all classrooms have paper reuse bins.


(1) Assess which classrooms don’t already have a paper reuse bin,

(2) create one-sided paper reuse bins in classrooms that don’t have them; ensure all bins are labeled appropriately

(3) 4th grade artspark video will be produced explaining how to best use the reuse bins, and the importance of using less paper; Artspark video will be shown once or twice each year.

Recycling - Goal 1: Encourage proper recycling by having garbage and recycling "mini-kiosks" in each classroom.


(1) Find a wood worker, and prepare a design for classroom “mini-kiosks,” or find a product to purchase (materials would be purchased using incentive grant from Lane County),

(2) Create signs and labels for each bin on the “mini-kiosk.”

(3) Place new bins in each classroom.

Recycling - Goal 2: Encourage proper recycling by having a “green thumbs up” trophy awarded weekly.


(1) Create a trophy to use each week,

(2) Promote to all staff and students using an assembly at the beginning of the year,

(3) Find student council/green team students to do random checks on garbage and recycling bins,

(4) Pick a “most responsible recyclers” class each week, announce the winner on Monday mornings, and give the trophy to the proper class.

Energy - Goal 1: To have staff and students by more mindful of electricity use in classrooms by creating lightswitch frames.


(1) Assess how many lightswitch frames (with sizes) are needed,

(2) Develop a whole school art competition for teachers to use,

(3) collect designs from all classes,

(4) allow student council and teachers to vote on their favorite 5 designs,

(5) all classes will vote on final 5 designs,

(5) frames will be printed, laminated, cut and distributed.

Energy - Goal 2: Decrease electricity use in classrooms by having a “green monitor" student job.


(1) Create a draft job description for a rotating student role -- to keep lights and projector off when not needed,

(2) allow staff to review the job description, and come up with a final version,

(3) remind staff at least twice each year to assign this job to students.

Water - Goal 1: Hold an enrichment assembly, bringing awareness to staff and students about water being a valuable resource.


(1) Find funds for the enrichment assembly through jogathan or other sources,

(2) research and locate a water specialist, and schedule an assembly at least once every two years,

(3) distribute a one-page list of follow- up discussion ideas and/or activities to use in-class for all teachers.

Water - Goal 2: Get the word out about conserving water through signage.


(1) Assess what classroom have signs about water conservation, and where they are needed (including sizes).,

(2) have student council create a conserve water sign,

(3) distribute signs to teachers to post in class near water faucets, (4) teachers will be encouraged to talk about the importance of using less water when signs are posted, and at least once per year.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

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

Would you like to help Holt at being greener?


Contact Joshua Frankel – / 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: 12/17/20.)