Edison Elementary School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 6/8/15, Expires on 6/8/18

About the Edison Elementary OGS Program:

Each of our intermediate classes has a community service school project. Third grade learns all about recycling and then implements their knowledge by handling the recycling for the whole school. Fourth grade takes care of our compost program, learning all about compost hands-on by composting cafeteria and classroom waste. They also in charge of recording weight of scraps and temp of compost bin.

How do you publicize your program?

Twice per month through our school's weekly e-newsletter, through morning announcements via our principal, in-class by Edison teachers, and through our school's large "Green Board" on the wall near the school office.

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

Our PTO is aware and supportive of our Green Parent team as well as of the efforts by our custodian, principal, teachers and students.  They assist with marketing events and school/classroom education initiatives.

How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday operations?

​Third grade handles the recycling for the whole school. Fourth grade takes care of our compost program.We have a well established school garden and composting program. We have weekly building wide recycling pickup by students. We do double-sided copying when we can. We use sustainable earth cleaning products. We reuse "trash items" for projects. We donate used books to the library and recycle our print cartridges and batteries. We use toilet paper made from recycled paper. We try to use e-mail for staff notices and messages to conserve paper. We donate our leftover lost and found items to a shelter or program for students in need. We use reusable flatware and trays in our cafeteria, as well as paper products made from recycled material. All heating is shut down when the building is not in use unless the temp drops below freezing. Lighting is minimal when building is not in use, use of timers on outside security lighting. We have motion sensors for our gym lighting. Staff is encouraged to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and often uses half light in occupied rooms.

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

Edison has an after school garden program, and awareness/education through our Kindergarten extension program (Treetop Academics). We will be adding composting and use of recyclables at extra-curricular events as well as try to reduce the amount of disposable, small reward items used by the school.

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

Edison has been mentoring Camas Elementary, and other local schools, helping them to start successful "healthy kitchen" programs. Edison parents, in collaboration with the Eugene 4J district, started a program to bring more nutritious food from local organic farmers and our own garden. We began meeting in November 2014 with Camas Ridge Elementary parents and principal to show them what we had begun. Camas Ridge now has a successful program of their own!

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 1/21/15

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 66%

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

Edison is dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment, and reduce the monetary cost of disposal and usage by composting, recycling, reusing and re-purposing more where we can. Edison will implement enhanced cleaning of recyclables in the cafeteria, offer student learning at a local landfill and recycling center and reduce our reliance on paper such as by switching to more electronic announcements. We will continue with energy efficient upgrades like improved window insulation, low-energy lighting and a concentration on reduction of our school's reliance on electricity. We are working to instill a global sense of responsibility in our students and staff.

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • We reuse "trash items" for projects.

  • We donate used books to the library.

  • We use toilet paper made from recycled paper.

  • We use e-mail for staff notices and messages to conserve paper.

  • We donate our leftover lost and found items to a shelter, or program for students in need.

  • We use reusable flatware and trays in our cafeteria, as well as paper products made from recycled material.

  • We have a well established school garden and composting program.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Lighting is minimal when building is not in use, use of timers on outside security lighting.

  • We have motion sensors for our gym lighting.

  • Staff is encouraged to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and often uses half light in occupied rooms.

  • Teachers are encouraged to educate students about conservation.

  • Use of timers on irrigation. 

  • Auto flushers in some of our bathrooms

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Improve compost rate of paper towels through education, and new bins.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) install separate compost bins in bathroom for paper towels,

(2) create signs making it clear what can go in the new paper towel compost bins,

(3) post the new signs in bathroom.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reduce paper waste.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) post conservation reminders on paper towel dispensors in bathrooms,

2) quarterly remind staff to use double-sided copy options,

3) consistently encourage students to use both sides of a sheet of paper,

4) eliminate multi-copies of school events from being sent home with each student when there is more than one student in a family.

Recycling - Goal 1: Remove more recyclables from our trash.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) teach about co-mingling and what can be recycled together at staff meetings and school assemblies,

(2)  improved clarity of cafeteria signage with more easy to understand visuals.

Recycling - Goal 2: Reduce dependency on milk cartons.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) implement alternatives such as use of large steel or glass milk containers to distribute milk into reusable glasses.

Energy - Goal 1: Reduce energy usage.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) fundraiser to buy motion sensor lighting for our bathrooms, cafeteria and other common staff/student areas,

(2) place stickers in each classroom to remind staff and students to turn off lights when classrooms not in use.

Energy - Goal 2: Raise awareness.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) incorporate school energy conservation philosophy into current science and math programs,

2) display a visual demo about concrete steps students can take at school/home to conserve energy,

3) conduct a feasibility study of the future school site to include a living roof.

Water - Goal 1: Reduce amount of water used per year.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

(1) educate students and staff quarterly about water conservation,

(2) replace old water fountains,

(3) put water reduction devices on faucets,

(4) add timers on sprinklers

Water - Goal 2: Raise awareness.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) assess amount of water used by the school/month,

2) educate students about water conservation especially during Edison's Ocean Week,

3) display statistics gathered by Edison's participation in River Spies program at Edison,

4) conduct feasibility study of the future school site to include a rain garden

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Edison Elementary 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.)