Territorial Elementary School

Current Status:

Merit Level - Certified on 5/21/18, Expires on 5/1/21

About the Territorial Elementary OGS Program:

Territorial Elementary has an established green team, and periodically presents green team efforts to staff and at assemblies. The green team also gets the word out through a display to their school, school announcements, classroom presentations, and short articles in their school's newsletter. Their parent organization considers waste reduction in planning events, provide funding for student-led sustainability efforts, and assists with recycling special materials (e.g. ink cartridges, etc). The school prints double-sided whenever possible, have a paper reuse box in every classroom, and all staff memos are sent via email. Paper products they use with recycled content include: office paper, toilet paper, bathroom towels, and napkins. A variety of water and energy saving techniques are being used at the school including optimized thermostat settings, an irrigation system that conserves water, and native plants throughout the school grounds. Their conservation policy is published in their monthly newsletter to families, and their school goals include: returning to reusable trays in their cafeteria, reducing milk carton use through reusable cups/dispensers, reintroducing the terracycle program, and several new ways to conserve water and energy.

How do you publicize your program?

  • We have classroom presentations on waste prevention, energy or water conservation.

  • We have a display in our school.

  • Students present during assemblies or morning meetings about the green team.

  • We have periodic presentations to the staff about the green team efforts.

  • We include periodic environmental messages in our school announcements.

  • We include short articles in the school newsletter about ways that families can be green at home.

  • We have let the school know about our programs in a school assembly.

  • We have established an environmental club/green team.

  • We teach students and parents about waste-free lunches.

  • We have created resource conservation or recycling contests between grade levels or between students and teachers.

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

  • They include waste reduction in the planning of school events like plays, carnivals, dinners, and sporting events.

  • They provide funding for student-led sustainability efforts.

  • They manage rebate opportunities like ink cartridges or terracycle recycling.

  • We provide fresh food snacks and refillable water containers at our Jog-a-thon. We provide 100% funding for outdoor school for the entire school. We spend the whole week outdoors learning about natural resources and "leave no trace" philosophies.

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

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

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

We created a video, brochure, or presentation about the way we have reduced waste and shared it with another school.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 12/6/18

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 21%

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

The following school policy is published in our monthly newsletter to parents:


Territorial Elementary is committed to practicing sound waste reduction methods such as; reusing, recycling, and composting.


Territorial Elementary School continuously strives to monitor and educate our students and staff on the importance of waste reduction and resource conservation in the areas of garbage reduction, recycling, and energy conservation.


We have prioritized these values through the creation of programs such as; After School Garden Club and Green School Club, as well as classroom chores and responsibilities.

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 have a one-sided paper box in every classroom to make sure paper is used on both sides before recycling.

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

  • Our printers default to margins that are 0.5".

  • Our printers default to double-sided printing.

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

How we Save Energy/Water:

  • Lights are on a sensor.

  • 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).

  • Light switches &/or computers have signs reminding people to turn them off when not in use.

  • 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.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Reduce solid waste in the cafeteria by (A) returning to reusable trays, and (B) encouraging children who bring their lunch from home to use reusable containers.


(A1) We have met with food service staff and plumbers to figure the cost of installing an industrial dishwasher.

(A2) We are developing a proposal for Food Service and the superintendent to find the best solution to this problem, and if needed we will write a grant to cover the cost of dishwasher and trays,

(A3) Our goal is to find a solution by the end of the school year and start next year off with reusable trays.

(B1) We have written a grant for $500 to our local funding source to cover the cost of 150 reusable lunch containers.

(B2) We are planning an Earth Day Zero Waste lunch competition between classes.

(B3) Each class does a lunch waste audit before we distribute the containers and after we distribute the containers. The class that sees the most reduction in their waste will receive reusable drink containers and a class party.

(B4) The contest is announced at the weekly morning assembly and waste reduction education is taught by our new 5th grade Green School Club to each classroom.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reduce the generation of milk cartons.


(1) Determine if it is feasible to purchase a dishwasher installed at Territorial, (1a) If dishwasher cannot be purchased, meet with Junction City High School and plan for cups to be washed in their kitchen,

(2) Work with our dairy provider, the district, and other local partners to purchase cups and milk dispensers,

(3) decide on a launch date, and begin training kitchen staff,

(4) begin using the cups/dispensers,

(5) work to encourage other schools to start using reusable cups and milk dispensers.

Recycling - Goal 1: Re-introduce the terrracycle program to recycle pens and other materials not currently collected at our school.


(1) We are asking the TPA to cover the cost of a waste stream receptacle for all office supplies so that we can recycle our pens and dry erase markers. We think this will cost about $75.00 for the year.

(2) The box will placed in the hallway near our Green School Reader Board and teacher and students will be made aware of it's purpose.

(3) We will also put a small box in each classroom that will be collected weekly by students in the green school club.

Recycling - Goal 2: Implement glass recycling in our staff room.


(1) Create or purchase a container to collect glass,

(2) create a signup sheet for staff to volunteer to bring collected glass home for recycling, and to clean the bin,

(3) have a periodic review of the glass collection to ensure the program is going smoothly.

Energy - Goal 1: Make sure all computers are being turned off at night.


(1) ask Terrie, the secretary, who is in charge of this (janitor?, media specialist?).

(2) Talk to person in charge to make sure this is happening and if not then why and find solutions.

Energy - Goal 2: Use natural light in Cafeteria/Gym .


(1) on sunny days lights do not need to be turned on because there is sufficient light,

(2) make a sign reminding teacher/aides to keep lights off and turn them off when not inuse

Water - Goal 1: Make sure there are no leaks in the garden irrigation.


(1) Check all piping and timers for leaks,

(2) if there is a leak have EO landscaping, our partners who installed the system, help fix it

Water - Goal 2: Fix leaking toilet.


(1) Put a work order in with maintenance to have toilet checked,

(2) If there is some reason why the toilet has not been fixed find out why,

(3) help brainstorm to find a solution

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help Territorial Elementary 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: 4/25/19.)