Sheldon High

Current Status:

Entry Level - Certified on 10/26/17, Expires on 10/26/20

About the Sheldon OGS Program:

How do you make sure everyone knows that your school is an Oregon Green School?

  • We include periodic environmental messages in our school announcements.

  • We have established an environmental club/green team.

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


How do you practice resource conservation during extra-curricular events?

  • Require after hour event organizers to include a recycling plan.

  • Set up recycling at sporting events, plays, school, dances, community events, etc.

    • Our dance team collects bottles with redemption value from the stands.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/31/17

How we Reduce and Reuse:

  • We have set our printers to print double-sided and/or we encourage staff to print double-sided whenever possible.

  • We created a donation station/Reuse closet where people can drop off or pick up used clothing, games, sporting equipment, Halloween costumes, etc.

  • We use durable cups, plates and silverware in the teacher's lounge.

  • We use half sheets instead of full sheets of paper wherever possible.

  • We use less toxic cleaning products that have been endorsed by a 3rd party (like EcoLogo or Design for the Environment).

  • We donate unclaimed lost and found and other unwanted items to our families, a thrift store or
    homeless shelter.

  • When possible, we email our school newsletter and other information for parents instead of sending hard copies.

  • Staff memos and announcements are sent via email or posted instead of individually printed.

  • We have installed water bottle filling stations.

What is special about our Recycling program?

  • We have verified that all classrooms have recycling available.

  • The school office, library, computer lab and teachers’ lounge all have recycling available.

  • We set up special recycling drives at the end of the terms &/or school year to collect large volumes of paper.

  • We have verified that our school has a recycling program in place for all electronics and fluorescent lights.

How we Save Energy:

  • ​Lights are on a sensor.

  • Computers are automatically turned off every night.

  • We conducted an energy audit to reduce our energy consumption or had the Energy Trust of Oregon or PGE do one.

  • Our thermostats are on automatic settings (cool when temperatures reach 76 degrees and heat when temperatures drop to 67 degrees).

  • We eliminated T-12 lights and magnetic ballasts and replaced with T8 lights with electric ballasts.

  • Refrigerators have been set between 37-40 degrees and freezers between 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • We checked all school faucets' hot water to ensure that the water temperature is between 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit (except the kitchen).

  • Our school has daylight controls for exterior lighting.

  • Our district has a policy to conserve energy &/or purchase Energy Star computers and appliances

  • Our school has LED exit signs.

  • The refrigerators in our school have adequate seals and the custodian cleans the refrigerator coils annually.

  • Computers in our school automatically shut down at the end of the day.

How we Save/Protect Water:

  • ​We checked to make sure all faucets have aerators. If faucets did not have them, we installed them.

  • All toilets were tested for leaks.

  • We installed/have timers for bathroom faucets and/or locker room showers.

  • Our school's sprinkler system automatically avoids watering on rainy or windy days and is set to water early in the morning.

  • We have verified that our sprinklers are watering only the landscape, not the parking lot or walkways.

  • We adjust the irrigation for seasonal rain fall in our area or do not irrigate in areas that can go dormant in the summer.

  • We have planted the slopes of a local stream bank with native plants to prevent soil erosion.

  • We have added mulch around plants and trees to reduce evaporation and weeds.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Reduce paper towel use in restrooms by 50%.


(1) Promotion of using fewer paper towels in the restrooms with morning announcements encouraging students to use two or fewer paper towels in the
(2) Have students (art students, green team and/or others) design signs to put up in the restrooms to encourage reduced use of paper towels. Request "Paper = Trees" stickers from Lane County Waste Management.
(3) Hold a waste audit at end of the school year to determine the effectiveness of efforts.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Encourage student use of reusable containers by offering a 25¢ discount on all drinks at school coffee cart when students bring their own durable cup.


(1) Coordinate with Less Phillipo, the coffee cart supervisor. 
(2) Create signage and morning announcements to spread awareness to promote student participation.

Recycling - Goal 1: A 100% food waste diversion by cafeteria staff and a 75% food waste diversion by students.


(1) Complete the Love Food Not Waste program. This begins with phase one: the cafeteria staff. To do this we would talk to the administration for approval, provide the training for cafeteria staff, and investigate any obstacles to their buy-in. Love Food Not waste will provide our cafeteria with a container in which to place all food scraps that would usually be thrown into the trash. Darin Henry, of Campus Supervision or a Green Club member will put
the container out for it’s weekly pick up. 
(2) Next comes phase two: student buy-in. This would involve the education and promotion of the LFNW program as a whole to the student body via the use of signage, assemblies, and morning announcements.

Recycling - Goal 2: Color-coded receptacles; reduce recyclables in the trash by 25%.


(1) Apply for grant money to purchase standardized disposal bins for paper waste, cans and bottles, trash, and compost. 
(2) We would support these efforts with morning announcements spreading awareness of how and where to recycle. 
(3) We would contact lane county or BRING REthink to supply the school with labels.

Energy - Goal 1: Reduce energy by eliminating appliances, such as vending machines, that are non-operational or unused.


(1) School-wide assessment. 
(2) Report findings to administration. 
(3) Remove appliances, sell them, and negotiate with school for a cut of profits.

Energy - Goal 2: Ensure that all Sheldon facilities include dimmer switches to save energy.


(1) Campus-wide assessment. 
(2) Report findings to administration. 
(3) Work with administration to fully implement dimmer switches.

Water - Goal 1: Replace all locker room shower heads with timer activated heads.


(1) Research grant money. 
(2) Talk with administration and attend to any issues/objections. 
(3) Pursue the purchase and implementation of self-stopping shower heads.

Water - Goal 2: Replace all faucets on campus with self-stopping faucets.


(1) Research grant money. 
(2) Determine how many sinks do not have self-stopping faucets throughout the campus.
(3) Consult with administration. 
(4) Pursue the purchase and implementation of self-stopping faucets.

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

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

Would you like to help Sheldon High 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: 11/27/17.)