The Village School

Current Status:

Premier - Certified on 12/21/17, Expires on 12/21/20

About The Village School's OGS Program:

 

The Village School, Green School Policy

- Written by 6th grade students Cara, Felix, Sol, Avery, and Raina

At the Village School every community member is committed to reducing waste and conserving resources. We save energy by turning off lights when rooms aren’t in use, we recycle and reuse paper products, and we compost our food waste. We conduct waste audits and energy audits twice a year in an effort to practice, monitor and educate our students, staff and parents on the importance of waste reduction and resource conservation.

The Village School has high participation in walk, bike, and roll to school. We built a covered area to protect bikes to encourage community members to continue this tradition.

 

The Village School stresses the interdependence between human beings and the world. We show care and concern for animals, humans and the natural environment. We raise chickens and bees that help fertilize and pollinate our garden. Our garden produces food for the school lunches, which reduces packaging and transportation pollution, as well as educating students on self-preservation and the wonders of nature. When students appreciate nature, they are more likely to take care of it once they’ve left the Village School. Our kitchen also strives to source organic foods from local producers to cut down on pesticides, packaging and transportation pollution. We compost and we send edible food waste to local farms for animal food to cut down on unnecessary landfill. Lastly, our kitchen is totally vegetarian, a decision that was made because of the intense stress and pollution animal agriculture puts on the environment.

 

At Village School, students and staff pledge to explore more avenues in conservation. By educating ourselves and teaching others, our school, community, and ultimately our world will become a healthier, cleaner place to live. We work together to save energy, build awareness, and model "green" behaviors. We are committed to doing our part to save the planet. We recognize this process as a community effort and would like to engage with other schools, working to lead the way in a successful endeavor to preserve the environment.

Data Collection and Monitoring (Important Info):

- Our last Waste Audit was on 3/9/17

- Approximate Recovery Rate: 37%

- Post-Consumer Recycled Products: office paper, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper

How we Reduce and Reuse:

General:

  • Donation station/reuse closet where people can drop off or pick up used items.

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

Classrooms and Office:

  • All printers default to 2-sided printing.

  • Half sheets instead of full sheets of paper wherever possible.

  • One-sided paper box in every classroom to make sure paper is used on both sides before recycling.

  • School newsletter and other information goes out by email, instead of sending hard copies.

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

  • Refurbished ink/toner cartridges in copy machines/printers.

Kitchen and Cafeteria:

  • Durable cups, plates and silverware in the teacher's lounge.
  • Durable silverware and trays in the cafeteria.

  • Kitchen staff uses reusable/washable gloves and aprons.

How we Save Energy:

  • We have replaced all of our lights with LED bulbs. We are now saving energy and money throughout the building. The lights have a return of investment of about 7 years.

  • Green team monitors classrooms each week to see if lights and electronics have been left on when not in use.

  • We turn off every other bank of lights in classrooms/hallways, or delamp (remove the light bulbs) in unneeded lights.

  • Lights throughout the school are on a sensor.

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

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

How we Save Water:

  • All faucets have aerators.

  • All toilets have been tested for leaks.

  • Native plants have been planted throughout school grounds.

  • All staff reminded to report leaks when they are noticed either inside or outside the school.

  • All toilets are low flow.

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

  • Our parking lot is swept 1-2 times/year and we sweep rather than pressure wash our sidewalks and parking lots.

  • Our school grounds are used by the public for walking dogs so we have installed a mutt mitt dispenser &/or added signs reminding people to pick up after their dogs.

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

  • When our cafeteria staff washes dishes, they wait until they have a full load.

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

  • We have looked for areas around the school that have eroded due to storm water runoff and devise a plan to reduce the erosion by adding plants.

  • We don't have sprinklers on site.

Other:

  • We have installed water bottle filling stations, and our classrooms have water filters on the faucet, to eliminate the need for disposable plastic bottles.

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

  • We have a scratch kitchen, with a staff that is dedicated to "green" practices. We source local and organic food whenever possible.

  • We buy recycled computers and donate our used technology for refurbishing/recycling.

Current Goals:

Reduce Waste - Goal 1: Get off "junk mail" lists to reduce paper.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1. Present at All Staff Meeting on steps to "unsubscribe" from paper mail advertisements.

2. Do a pre-assessment at the beginning of the school year and post assessment at the end of next year to measure a reduction in junk mail.

Reduce Waste - Goal 2: Reuse single sided paper for scratch paper.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1. Reuse one sided paper by cutting it down into reusable squares.

2. Put box out by copier/printer machines for easy sorting of scrap, one sided paper.

Recycling - Goal 1: Recycle all batteries within the building

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1. Perform an assessment of what rooms have things that are battery operated.

2. Replace single life batteries with rechargeable batteries.

Recycling - Goal 2: Recycle baggies/film

Steps-to-Achieve: 

- Make a plastic film container.

Energy - Goal 1: Have all school computers turned off at night.

Steps-to-Achieve: 

- Make and post reminder signs in office and computer labs to turn off computers.

Energy - Goal 2: Put bathroom lights on sensors
 

Steps-to-Achieve: 

- Price and install sensors

Water - Goal 1: Mark all storm drains with "No Dumping"

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1. Identify all storm water drains on campus

2. Mark them accordingly

Water - Goal 2: Post sign in Commons about our filtered water and conservation efforts

Steps-to-Achieve: 

1. Make signs

2. Post them

Upcoming Events:

- Nothing right now!

Ongoing Projects:

(1) Recycling

(2) Composting

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

Would you like to help The Village School 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: 1/19/18.)