Kennedy Middle School

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 3/11/14, Expires on 3/11/17

About the Kennedy OGS Program:

Staff are vigilant forward minded folks who are open to the idea of changing our school in ways that help us to become more sustainable. Examples of staff education include biweekly updates in staff meetings regarding the current status of our efforts, teachers heading up recycling programs with their classes, e mails from our principal regarding opportunities to help with the Green School process etc.

Students learn about our efforts in several ways. Announcements are made weekly regarding our meeting times and agendas. Green Team meets once a week for about 45 minutes and focuses on teaching, listening to kids, public service and community outreach.

Some teachers in all disciplines and grades focus on practical application of Green theories etc. Also, we plan on inviting media and political leaders to school on several occasions this year.

How do you publicize your program?

We use a combination of school wide announcements, posters, e mails, word of mouth and social media to get our agenda out. We work at the scales of the individual (word of mouth), school (announcements, parent group announcements) and community (social media i.e. facebook, twitter, tumblr and instagram)

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

As of yet, they do not. Our plan is to start attending their meetings and interject ourselves in their agenda. The parent group has expressed interest in our new project and we definitely plan on working closely with them.

How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday operations?

One class recycles the whole school once a week. As of right now, there are graphics reminding folks to turn off electricity and lights are timed to go off if not in use. Bathrooms have posters asking for folks not to waste water.

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

We plan on expanding recycling etc. to after school events. Right now, only Green Team meetings are entirely sutainable. We plan on throwing a school wide party on Earth Day and with the help of the U of O, we will have a zero waste celebration.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/3/14

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 14%

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • We are going to institute a composting program with the City of Eugene, This should reduce our trash by 10%-20%.

  • We are also going to have professional development focusing on using Google Docs as a curriculum tool. This should allow us to move towards paperless teaching, which should allow us to reduce our costs, trash output.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • We have "Conserve Energy" signs on light switches, accept donations for fundraisers (books, etc.).

  • We plan on having a school wide assembly to instruct students and staff on how to be more efficient.

  • We have posters in each bathroom encouraging folks to reduce usage.

  • We plan on increasing these efforts as the year goes on.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Reduce waste by composting


(1) Contact Love Food not Waste

(2) Add composting bins to the cafeteria

(3) Acquire weight measuring equipment for the compost

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: To reduce waste production by transitioning from plastic consumable flatware to metal reusable items.


(1) Purchase 600 forks, spoons, and knives and provide them to the cafeteria.

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase recycling by 15%.


(1) Meet with teachers and try to determine a plan for increasing the amount of recycling material reclaimed by their classes.

(2) Work with Tim Whitley (4J District Energy/Water education) to secure funding regarding the above plan.

(3) Create new posters/artwork to help users understand how and where to recycle.

Recycling - Goal 2: Increase recycling rate through education.


(1) Setup an assembly in which we teach staff + students to recycle and compost.

(2) Have folks from BRING RECYCLING to come and jazz up our recycling  and get students excited.

Energy - Goal 1: Decrease energy used in Kennedy lunches by replacing lettuce and other garden greens currently sourced from around the country with our locally grown organice lettuce and greens.


(1) Write up grant to create working garden at Kennedy Middle School.

(2) Build garden and plant greens.

(3) Grow lettuce and greens in accordance with Sodexo and 4J protocol for growing food on school grounds.

Energy - Goal 2: Reduce energy use by educating teachers and students on the amount of energy lost through doors left open during the day, etc.


(1) Create posters and artwork for all doors leading outside that encourage folks to be aware of the amount of heat/energy which is lost when doors are left open.

(2) Have Kennedy administration send an email to staff reminding them of this potential loss.

Water - Goal 1: Harvest water from the roof of Kennedy Middle School and use it as a source of water for our garden and for the Food for Lane County garden below us.


(1) Find a free 1,000 (ish) gallon container on Craig's List.

(2) Contact Harlan in the 4J office and find out how to attach the tank to a drain spout.

(3) Run an underground pipe down to the community garden and allow them to access the harvested water using artestian technologies.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Kennedy 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: 9/24/16.)