Marion County Green Schools
Marion County's Environmental Services Division provides waste reduction, recycling and composting resources, and education to any K-12 school in Marion County. From providing basic recycling signs to lessons and more, Marion County is here to help schools to be more sustainable while saving watts, water and waste. Contact us to find out how we can help!
Is your school certified as
an Oregon Green School?
The Oregon Green Schools Association is a state-wide non-profit that
helps schools to conserve natural resources. There are about 150 K-12 schools
in Oregon participating in the free program. Benefits of being an Oregon Green
School in Marion County include:
- Recognition and an award
- Eligibility to have a teacher receive a stipend to be your school's sustainability coordinator
- Annual OGS Summit - 4 students + 1 teacher for one-day conference. Transportation and substitute teacher costs reimbursed
- Priority for classroom presentation
- Field trips
- Durable plastic recycling bins
- Recycling bins for bottles/cans
- Classroom party kits
- School building sustainability assessment
- Cafeteria/kitchen food composting program (where available)
Find out more about the program by watching this 5 minute video. When you are ready to learn more about the program, contact Marion County for an introductory meeting.
Marion County has many resources available for K-12 schools. Examples include recycling bins, signs, educational resources for teachers and students, technical support for facilities, food waste prevention and composting, durable food service ware and many other resources. All resources are available at no cost to the school, although some resources are limited and others are only available to schools certified in the Oregon Green Schools program.
Marion County has formed a network of K-12 teachers that are committed to making their schools healthier and greener places to work and learn.
Marion County can provide in-class lessons and/or loan lesson "kits" that teachers may borrow. To find out more about these resources, visit the School Resources section above. This section contains educational videos and a list of different environmental facilities in the region.