Shasta Middle School

Current Status:

Merit Level - Certified on 4/15/16, Expires on 4/15/19

About the Shasta OGS Program:

Green Team happens at lunch and after school, and there is an educational component. We talk about the garden, energy conservation and recycling. There are 20 students that are involved, and they are encouraged to talk with other students (during science classes) about what the Green Team is doing. Compost "reeducation" is also provided in 6th grade classes, and in the cafeteria for all students as well.


Shasta participated in the April 2015 electronics waste collection in collaboration with NextStep Recycling, and parents from the Springfield/Eugene Eco-School Network. Students and staff were involved with creating posters, daily announcements, and articles in the PTO daily blog.


Emails are sent to staff at least once a year about using 1/2 sheets, laminating sheets to ensure reuse, printing double sided, and pairing students to use one worksheet when possible.

How do you publicize your program?

​Every week there is an announcement on inviting students to Green Team. It also spreads word of mouth, and students that are new to Shasta are often interested. Students must write a letter about why they want to be on the green team in order to be accepted.

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

The PTO is aware of the program, and was very helpful with the electronic waste roundup in April. Parents offer their help with the school garden, including the parents of an Eagle Scout student that made it their community project to build raised beds at Shasta. There is plans to invite the PTO parents to green team lunchtime meetings.

How do you practice resource conservation in your everyday operations?

​There are paper reuse bins in all classrooms. We are participating in a city-wide electronic recycling program. Our school promotes the use of reusable water bottles. We use a variety of recycled content products including paper, napkins and paper towels. To reduce energy usage we have signs by light switches, make announcements at the beginning of every term about energy conservation, and make sure the heat is turned down at night. Refridgerators are centrally located for teacher snack/lunch use instead of having them in every building.

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

Student volunteers were at the annual Bethel Compost sale and helped with the milkweed planting for visitors to the sale. Recycling containers are available throughout the school for when the school is used for special events. Our goal is to have special bins available and ready for outdoor events.

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

Shasta provided a "milkweed brochure" to all schools educating them on the importance of planting wilkweed to the Monarch butterflies. Other info was included in these brochures about gardens, etc. Our students also created Mason bee houses, and made them available to any school in the district.  Kalapuya High not only started using them at the school, they also sold them at the Bethel Compost sale to visitors as a fundraiser for Kalapuya.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/5/15

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 40%

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

Shasta is committed to making a difference and being actively involved in being 'green'. There is a strong green school team with supportive staff and administration. Each year Shasta has involved themselves in an additional project, this year it was the city-wide contest for recycling electonics.

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • There are paper reuse bins in all classrooms.

  • We have started putting food directly in trays instead of using plastic containers.

  • Our school promotes the use of reusable water bottles.

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Signs by light switches.

  • General announcement - beginning of every term.

  • Heat turned down at night.

  • Refrigerators are centrally located for teacher snack/lunch use.

  • We limit the amount of watering outside for the landscaping.

  • Water saving aerators have been installed on all faucets (except custodial and kitchen faucets).

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Use less plastic in the cafeteria.


  • Change over from using plasticware in our cafeteria to silverware. IN PROGRESS

  • Placing food items directly on trays (instead of in plastic containers). COMPLETE

  • Offering plastic items as optional whenever possible. COMPLETE

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reduce weight of cafeteria waste by recycling organic waste. IN PROGRESS


  • Begin cafeteria composting program. Students will be trained to oversee food waste going into proper bins and added to composting bins. COMPLETE

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase classroom recycling.


  • A student Green Team will audit recycling containers being used in various parts of the school. Recycling containers will be created and distributed around the school to ensure that every room has at least one accessible recycling container. COMPLETE - IS BEING DONE WEEKLY

Recycling - Goal 2: Teach recycling as part of a school-wide curriculum.


  • Homeroom teachers and Green Team students will do classroom presentations on the need to recycle in school. We will also discuss items that should be recycled and items that cannot be. COMPLETE - A POWERPOINT IS GIVEN TO TEACHERS TO PRESENT IN THEIR CLASSROOMS EACH YEAR

Energy - Goal 1: Use 2-5% less total electricity schoolwide.


  • We will decrease the amount of lighting used in the school by turning off lights when not needed or when a room is vacant. IN PROGRESS

  • A team of students from our "Green School" class will go to computer labs to make sure the computers are powered down at the end of the day. COMPLETE - HAPPENS DAILY

  • Classrooms in need of power strips will be identified and power strips will be given to those teachers. IN PROGRESS

Energy - Goal 2: Educate students about energy.


  • We will complete a "Green Schools Class" that will educate students about energy issues and clean/renewable energy. We will complete the Cool School Challenge with our total seventh grade class. COMPLETE

Water - Goal 1: Minimize water use on school grounds.


  • Maintain summer watering strategies  by reducing watering schedule with head custodian and facilities staff. IN PROGRESS

  • Students will audit and install water saving sink aerators in all sinks that are not currently equipped with a water saving device (with the exception of the cafeteria and custodial closet sinks where high pressure is needed. COMPLETE

Water - Goal 2: Educate students about the importance of saving water.


  • Teach students in Green School class about water issues and water saving strategies. Discuss ways that students can incorporate these strategies into their own lives and on a community-wide basis. COMPLETE - HAPPENS AFTER SCHOOL AND AT LUNCH

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Shasta 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.)