Guy Lee Elementary School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 5/28/13, Expires on 5/28/16 (Renewal or Upgrade needed.)

About the Guy Lee OGS Program:

 

NextStep Recycling e-bot (Robot) named, 'Ricky Reuse' on loan.  We were given permission to patch or build him up.  Although he has only made his debut in the last month, we are planning ways to have student involvement in adding items to 'Ricky' that would be of a reusable nature during assemblies.  'Ricky' will help us to be mindful of the concept of 'Reusing' in our school & homes.

Many of our classrooms have containers for misplaced pencils, pens, crayons, etc.  This encourages students to be mindful not to waste supplies even when they belong to others.  Teachers at times will place unwanted supplies in our Staff Lounge for others rather than throwing them away.  (also at year's end)

'No Thank You Table' at Lunch Time.  It's for students to leave unwanted items for others to take/eat vs. throwing them away.

Prominently displayed Oregon Green Schools certificate in Main Office & Decal in front entry window.

Cafeteria signs encourage using only 1 pump of condiments.

All paper towel dispensers in our building have a label reminding people paper comes from trees.

 

Had district maintenance department create new Cafeteria Recycling Table this year that is short enough to include our youngest kindergarten students in seperating meal waste on their own.

 

3D Lunch Signs are posted on the wall behind our Cafeteria Recycle Table with examples of what goes in different buckets.

Signs with words/pictures are posted on the Recycle Table to assist students on separating waste.

 

Green Team website & Facebook page, Bulletin board

 

Kitchen staff are separating plastic waste & compostables.

 

We have some veggie gardens in our courtyards.

 

Custodial Staff use Coastwide Sustainable Earth cleaning products - 3rd party certified.

How do you publicize your program?

Green Team website = List of original Green School goals -  Activities the Green Team has taken part in the past - Thanking of various guest resource people & organizations that have contributed to the school.

(hope to rework site since we've had difficulty updating it)

 

Facebook page = Simple page with some photo postings & comments about our new recycle table, Compost bin & progress with trying to reduce garbage from meals.

 

Bulletin board = New venture & work in progress for the Green Team.  It's located in the hallway where students line-up for lunch.  It currently has a list of the original Green School goals, A 'Carton Crew' sign-up for 4th/5th grade students w/photo of students processing milk cartons.  There are photos w/captions of the Compost bin (reminder 'No plastic'), Sanipac Compost truck & driver emptying our bin.  Sanipac Recycle truck emptying our Commingle recycling & what 'Commingle' means.  It's planned to add photos of Green Team activities (waiting on jpg files) & our school 'Green' policy.

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

Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) meets once a month & plans special school events.  Guy Lee has parent volunteers throughout the school day, however parent involvement with the Green Team hasn't been encouraged well thus far.  Hope to reach out & engage the interest of approved parent volunteers & explore ways the Green Team can share ideas on school activities.

How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday operations?

  • Cafeteria - Limit students to 1 utensil.  Student lunch accounts are electronic entry.

  • Offices/Classrooms - Limited/centralized network printers, instead of multiple individual ones.

  • Classrooms - Lighting has timed auto-sensors & some have dual light switches that allow for only 1/2 lights.

  • Computer Lab - Computers programmed to power-down after school.

  • Student Restrooms - Sinks have foot pedal operation or push/pressure button control.

  • Communications (staff) - Weekly calendar & minutes of committee meetings sent via e-mail.

  • Communications (parents) - Newsletters sent via e-mail unless special request.

  • School-wide recycling emptied twice a week.

  • After-school Willamalane program seperates their waste.

  • Onsite Composting early on wasn't very effective & most students weren't seperating food scraps well.

  • Composting all Cafeteria/Kitchen food & food-related paper waste.  (Sanipac program)

  • Composting Restroom paper towels.  (Sanipac program)

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

Willamalane after-school kids club which meets daily until 6:00pm has been seperating their compost from trash since early April.  The Green Team needs to explore more ways they might contribute in this area with other evening groups.

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

We're in the opening stages of contacting & encouraging Centennial Elementary with more 'green' efforts & working toward OGS status.  Some of their students are bused to our school for after-school activities & involved in seperating waste on our recycle table.  Recently one of their cooks visited our kitchen & learned of our efforts. Lead custodians from both schools are discussing benefits of our program.

Our lead custodian visited a couple premier green schools (Cesar Chevez Elem. & Spencer Butte Mid.) last month to glean ideas for our school & also share some of our own with them.  example: composting restroom paper towels in our waste hauler's composting program.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 4/25/13

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 67%

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

School-wide pride & sense of accomplishment.  Guy Lee is a 'high needs' school with many challenges.  Students come from a diverse population.  Every effort to build-up students achievement & sense of worth is huge!  We have already been recognized as 2011 Title 1 Distinguished school, now let's work on becoming a Premier Oregon Green School in our families, district & community.  Let's inspire others with our actions!

Policy Statement = We are an Oregon Green School!  At Guy Lee Elementary every student, staff member, and parent seeks to understand the importance of reducing waste and conserving resources. We work together to cut electricity usage, reuse and recycle paper products, compost our food waste, and look for new opportunities to help our earth every day.  Rethink, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • Cafeteria - Durable plastic lunch trays, 'No Thank You' Table for unwanted items others may eat.  Fruit is placed in our Family Center for pre-k reading day or the Health Rm. for ailing students.Classrooms - Extra or unwanted school supplies are made available to other teachers or students to use.

  • Green Team has run into a roadblock (cooks) with their desire of switching to metal utensils vs. plasticware.

  • Unclaimed Lost-n-Found items in good condition are washed placed in closet for students in need or donated to district clothing closet.

  • Many of our classrooms have containers for misplaced pencils, pens, crayons, etc.  This encourages students to be mindful not to waste supplies even when they belong to others.  Teachers at times will place unwanted supplies in our Staff Lounge for others rather than throwing them away.  (also at year's end)

  • 'No Thank You Table' at Lunch Time.  It's for students to leave unwanted items for others to take/eat vs. throwing them away.

  • Cafeteria signs encourage using only 1 pump of condiments.

  • All paper towel dispensers in our building have a label reminding people paper comes from trees.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • School boilers & air handlers are on adjustable time clocks.  Unfortunately, the boilers also supply hot water for the building & kitchen for cleaning meal utensils & trays, etc.  Non-school days HVAC equipment doesn't run or only for a short time during winter months due to freezing temps.

  • Classroom lighting has timed auto-sensors & some have dual light switches that allow for only 1/2 lights.

  • Computer Lab - Computers programmed to power-down after school.

  • Restroom sinks have foot pedal operation or push/pressure button control.

  • Most urinals are set for minimium flow when flushed.

  • Sprinkler system on school lawns typically not used & plants in small courtyards are watered by hand.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Switch to metal utensils in the Cafeteria (instead of plastics)

 

Steps-to-Achieve: ​​

1.  Green Team compose a student 'Pledge' to treat the utensils respectfully & placing them in the correct bucket if school switched to metal utensils.

2.  Petition Cooks (include principal) to allow experiment with 4th & 5th grades using metal utensils.

3.  If necessary, offer assistance w/cleaning - students sorting forks & spoons for cooks.

4. If experiment successful, then introduce metal utensils by 'Pledge' & grade

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Technology instead of paper & using two-sides of paper.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Green Team have administrators consider doing school-wide survey of computer access in family homes by grade.

2.  Check with teachers about having the option of allowing some assignments to be submitted electronically vs. on paper.

3.  Encourage teachers (through memo, staff meeting and/or announcements) to print hand-outs on both sides of paper to reduce waste.

Recycling - Goal 1: Classrooms - Compost paper towels (through existing Love Food, Not Waste program) & recycle more paper (by increasing current recycling efforts/activities).

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Green Team consider ways for classrooms to collect paper towels uniformly.

2.  Do a Tiger Rally presentation with actual waste sorted with recyclable paper & paper towels so school sees how much could have been recycled.

3.  Each classroom have 1-2 students that encourage class to recycle properly & bring recycling to hall collection bins on Wednesdays & Fridays by 9am

Recycling - Goal 2: Recycle all lunch milk cartons.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Form 'Carton Crew' made-up of 4 = 4th graders & 4 = 5th graders that process empty cartons during lunch recesses daily.

2.  Encourage students to empty cartons fully & include other 4th/5th graders not on 'Green Team' to sign-up for Carton Crew.

3. Petition 'Sanipac' waste hauler to accept our processed cartons like they do for another green school in Eugene.

Energy - Goal 1: Reduce energy consumption in classrooms.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Last one leaving classroom, turns-off lights.

2.  See if district maintenance can 'split' more classroom lights into two switches.

3.  Encourage teachers to have 'sleep' mode set-up on computers.

4.  Encourage opening window drapes to allow natural lighting.

5.  Themostats set at uniform temp. throughout building.

Energy - Goal 2: Reduce energy use in Cafeteria & hallways.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Only keep one bank of Cafeteria lights on when area not in use.

2.  Encourage Willamalane after-school program to use only the lights on half of the cafeteria they are using.

3.  See if district maintenance can change hallway lights to normal switches, so teachers can turn them on in the morning without a special key.

4.  Encourage night custodian to turn-off hallway lights after finishing an area.

Water - Goal 1: Install water catchment system in rain gutters around the school, while fixing gutters that are currently overflowing.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Explore the possiblity/function of having watcher catchers in courtyards.

2.  Have district properly clean-out gutters that overflow.

3. Use the collected water in the garden during spring and summer months.

Water - Goal 2: Clean-out parking lot storm drains.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1.  Learn about where our drains go to.

2.  Green Team activity to clean-out the drains.

3.  '1000 Drops' educational activities to learn about where rain travels from our school to the ocean

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Guy Lee 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.)