Shasta Middle School

Current Status:

Premier Level - Certified on 11/23/20, Expires on 11/23/20

About the Shasta OGS Program:

At Shasta, we run an after school program called Green Team, in which students are educated in waste management, sustainable agriculture practices, and environmental awareness. Students are the leaders in this program and in the first year, they have already created positive change at our school. They perform recycling crew rounds and waste tip announcements weekly. Students conduct daily compost coordination and classroom recycling audits every trimester. Students are also participating in various grant projects, which consist of water conservation education and germination rate experiments for our school garden. At Shasta, we "have a heart and do our part!"

How do you publicize your program?

​Shasta uses posters, email updates, and pictures to publicize their 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.

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 2015. 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, and has a water bottle filling station. 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. Refrigerators 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?

Recycling containers are available throughout the school for when the school is used for special events.

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

The Green Team (10 students) presented a skit at Clear Lake Elementary to 1st grade students (approx. 25 students) on the importance of waste reduction. The skit was well received by all, and we will be doing it again in the future.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 12/17/19

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 15%

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

At Shasta Middle School, each student, staff member, and parent strives to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We work together to save energy, build awareness, and model "green" behaviors. We are committed to doing our part to save the planet.

Shasta directly involves students in waste management from compost supervision and classroom audits to recycling crews. Students are able to spread awareness between peers within their school and become leaders for positive change.

 

Students and staff also strive to provide a comprehensive sustainable agriculture education within the Shasta garden. Teaching not only a fundamental skill of growing ones own food, but also strengthening our community food networks, by donating extra summer produce to those in need. By growing food in school and close to home,Shasta supports urban farming culture and the philosophy to reduce waste in doing so.

 

Shasta models these green behaviors and highly values this commitment. Students, staff and parents involved will continue to carry on these practices for years to come.

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).

New, Premier-Level Goals:

(NOTE: Please see Shasta's Merit Info for prior goals.)

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Create student waste awareness.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Students will perform weekly waste reduction tip announcements to provide students and staff with realistic ways to reduce their own waste at school and at home. Using reusable products rather than disposables, and many topics, will be covered. We will continue these tips throughout the year.

  • Students will also create posters with specific tips and hang them around the school for student reference. Students may also create a pamphlet with tips for hand out. Tips range a variety of waste reduction topics from recycling, composting, energy usage, water usage and pollution.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reduce weight of cafeteria waste by composting.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Students designated as compost coordinators will be responsible for supervising student and staff composting at lunch time. This will be done on a daily basis.

Recycling - Goal 1: Increase classroom recycling

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Conduct classroom recycling audits at least once a trimester, post mixed recycling signage, give teachers and students feedback using the provided Oregon Green School tags.

Recycling - Goal 2: Increase recycling in non-classroom settings (Offices, hallways, labs, cafeterias and gyms).

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Place recycling bins in non-classroom setting that do not currently have them, such as the gym. Audit the staff rooms, gyms and offices for recycling protocol, as well as post "mixed recycling," signage. Report back to principals with this information.

Energy - Goal 1: Decrease school energy usage by 3-6%.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Conduct classroom energy audits and give teachers feedback, post "turn of the lights," reminders by light switches, post turn off the computer reminders and ask custodians to power down any electronics when they are making their evening rounds.

Energy - Goal 2: Educate students about Green energy.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Students will learn about renewable and non-renewable energy, how to use energy efficiently and advocate this across the school. This education takes place primarily in after school club by a variety of media. Students will collaborate to determine a campaign for energy usage, such as a day to unplug from tv or cell phone use. Students may take pledges and prizes will be given to the home room with the most pledges.

Water - Goal 1: Use rain water collection storage for green house and garden irrigation to reduce school water usage.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • We received a Bethel Education Foundation grant for the placement of two 55 gallon rain water collection barrels. Water from these barrels will be used directly for green house and garden irrigation.

Water - Goal 2: Water conservation and sustainable garden practices education for Green Team students.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

  • Students will measure collected water weekly, graph data and complete research on sustainable garden irrigation practices, thus gaining awareness around the concept of water conservation. This will be conducted with Green Team students only.

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 – 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: 11/24/16.)