Irving Elementary School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 3/28/16, Expires on 3/28/19

About the Irving OGS Program:

We are in the beginning stage of implementing the program and don't yet have a formal education plan for all students.

 

All fourth grade students are involved with the "Green Partnership Schools" lessons where they learn about protecting soil, water and our atmosphere from waste and pollution. Some fourth grade students graphed the results of the waste audit and presented them to their classmates. An announcement was made at a staff meeting, encouraging teachers to get involved. The Lane County "Recycling News" was distributed to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in their take home folders.

How do you publicize your program?

We will have a school-wide assembly in April. The program was announced at a staff meeting and more announcements will be made via email and newsletter. A mural, with the theme of protecting the planet, is being planned and will be completed this spring.

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

The PTO is not yet involved, but we hope to gain their support. They could be involved by helping recruit parent volunteers for the compost program.

How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday operations?

In the cafeteria there is a "no thank you" table where students can put unwanted milk and oranges to be consumed by other students. School lunch is served on durable trays.

Teachers and staff copy documents double-sided to reduce paper usage. Teachers provide opportunities for students to create art out of reused materials. Custodial towels are washed and reused. Some lights have motion sensors. Teachers turn classroom lights off when not in use. The schools uses CFL and T8 bulbs. Some bathroom sink faucets have motion sensors. Certain teachers talk to students about saving water.

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

Recycle bins located around the school can be used by groups that used the facilities when school is not in session.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 12/9/15

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 36%

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • Cafeteria: There is a "no thank you" table where students can put unwanted milk and oranges to be consumed by other students. School lunch is served on durable trays.

  • Classrooms/Office: Staff copy documents double-sided to reduce paper usage.
    Classrooms: Students create art out of reused materials.  

  • Custodial: Towels are washed and reused.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Some lights have motion sensors. Teachers turn classroom lights off when not in use. The schools uses CFL and T8 bulbs.

  • Some bathroom sink faucets have motion sensors. Some teachers talk to students about saving water.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Reduce the amount of paper used through education and student involvement.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Students will give presentations to other classes.

2) Teachers will receive email tips about how to reduce waste.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reduce the amount of food waste through a compost program, education, and encouraging students and families to pack a "waste-free" lunch.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Irving staff will work with PSS and Love Food Not Waste to set up a cafeteria compost program.

2) Students and parents will be trained to help run the program.

3) Teachers will be encouraged to collect compostable materials in classrooms as well.

4) Using the school newsletter, students and families will be educated on the importance of "taking only what you will eat" from the hot lunch, and "bringing only what you will eat" in their cold lunches. (Everyone will be encouraged to pack a "waste-free" lunch!)

5) Kitchen staff will be encouraged to speak with students about the importance of "taking on what you will eat."

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase the recycling rate for paper and plastics through education.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Teachers will be given materials (by email and in their boxes) that describe what can and cannot be recycled, and how to prepare the materials,

2) Teachers will present lessons to classes on recycling regarding the types of materials that are recyclable and why it's important to recycle.

Recycling - Goal 2: Increase the recycling rate for paper and plastics through student involvement.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Students will create posters/signs that remind students/staff to recycle.

2) Green Team students will monitor trash bins for recyclable items.

3) It will be ensured that all classrooms, hallways, and common areas have clearly labeled recycling bins placed next to trash cans.

Energy - Goal 1: Reduce the amount of energy used through education.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Teachers will be given materials (by email and in their boxes) describing energy conservation options

2) Teachers will educate students about energy conservation.

Energy - Goal 2: Reduce the amount of energy used through student involvement.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Students will create stickers to be posted next to light switches and computers that remind teachers ad students to turn them off when not in use.

2) Students will give presentations and/or perform skits that teach others about energy conservation.

Water - Goal 1: Reduce the amount of water used through education.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Teachers will be given materials (by email and in their boxes) outlining how students and staff can save water

2) Teachers will educate students about water conservation.

Water - Goal 2: Reduce the amount of water used through student involvement.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1) Students will create stickers that remind others to completely turn off faucets when not in use.

2) Students will give presentations and/or perform skits that teach others about water conservation.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

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

Would you like to help Irving 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.)