Sustainability News and Highlights

Free Green Cleaning Workshop for your class or Green Team

Multnomah County Department of Health is teaming up with PPS Sustainability to offer 40 min long workshops on green cleaning supplies. We will talk about the hazards of many traditional cleaning products and healthy alternative green cleaners. Students will get the chance to make their own multi-purpose green cleaner to try out and take home, and also receive a recipe pack with directions on making other safe cleaning products, air fresheners, and other personal products such as shampoo. Multnomah County is offering up to 10 presentations this spring, let Angela Oliverio at know if you’re interested in doing this fun workshop with your class, green team or student council. See flyer HERE.

Next Sustainability Coordinator Meeting May 9th at 4:00PM

Our last sustainability meeting will be on  Wednesday May 9 from 4-5:30PM, at the district office 501 N. Dixon St. in the Windows Cafeteria Conference Room (on the 2nd floor). More details to come soon, but save the date!

Children's Clean Water Festival is Tuesday, March 11th

Tuesday, March 11, 2014  |  University of Portland

The Children’s Clean Water Festival is a one-day environmental education event for 4th and 5th grade students from around the Portland Metro area. The Festival reinforces STEM, Common Core and Next Generation Science concepts through water-focused classroom presentations, exhibits and stage shows. Each year more than 1,400 students from local schools come to a college campus for a day of learning and fun! You can learn more about this festival and register HERE

Register NOW for Oregon Green Schools Summit

- At Cheldelin Middle School, Corvallis -

Friday, April 11, 2014  8:30am – 2:00pm

The 18th annual meeting of certified Oregon Green Schools will be held Friday April 11th, 2014 in Corvallis Oregon at Cheldelin Middle School, 987 NE Conifer Blvd.

Meet other Green Schools from across the state for a day of learning and networking in Corvallis. It’s FREE! It’s FUN!   Join schools like yours and get energized about resource conservation and waste reduction.

YOUR SCHOOL’S OREGON GREEN SCHOOLS CERTIFICATION MUST BE CURRENT on the day of the Summit to be qualified to attend! Contact your local Oregon Green Schools Coordinator for details.  Don’t miss out:  Be sure we have your correct email contact!

NOTE:  There will be NO separate High School Summit in 2014.

Registration is now open: CLICK HERE.  

Grants Available

Up to 10,000 available! Short Pre-applications are due by Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4PM

 Environmental Services is seeking proposals for community-based projects that benefit neighborhoods and communities while also improving the health of Portland’s watersheds. The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) provides grants of up to $10,000.

Past projects include:

  • Neighborhood safety, health, and livability
  • Youth leadership and skills development
  • Community gardens and green spaces
  • Art and education
  • Cleanup and restoration
  • Stormwater management

We now ask for a one-page pre-application due February 14. Project proposals that fit CWSP goals will be invited to complete the full application, due April 15. This will allow us to better support applicants throughout the process. For application materials and more information see

Together Counts: Find Your Balance Challenge

Deadline to Win $30K Grant January 31st

There are just a few days left for K-5 teachers to submit their action plans for a chance to win a $30K grant to improve energy balance (nutrition and activity) in their school. Share this link with schools in your area and encourage teachers to enter!

OMSI KidWIND Workshop Coming in February!

There is a fun, exciting, and FREE workshop coming to OMSI that will give educators the materials and curricula needed to bring Renewable Energy into their classrooms with interactive and hands-on activities.  KidWind workshops lead educators through lesson plans and activities that you can implement in your own classrooms.  A Wind 101 presentation and a discussion about the challenges and obstacles to renewable energy in the Pacific NW today help to round out your experience and help to create not only better educators but more informed community leaders as well. In addition to 6 hours of training, all attending teachers will receive over $100 of classroom kits and curricular materials from KidWind. The workshop is free of charge to formal and informal K-12 educators, and we will provide FREE LUNCH as well!

What:  KidWind Teacher Workshop

Date:  Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time:  10:00am-4:00pm

Location:  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Register Now:

Energy Presentations for classrooms offered this spring through the Citizens Utility Board Policy Center and PPS!

CUB Policy Center is teaming up with PPS Sustainability to offer a 45 min– 1hr long classroom presentations to help connect our young citizens to the issues that affect them, their families, and their schools. These presentations are on energy with an environmental justice focus and will engage students in understanding how they can affect the future of energy and expose them to future career opportunities. We will talk about reducing our energy usage, increasing resource conservation, and the varied sources of renewable and sustainable energy including solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, and ocean energy resources.

This is a really great opportunity for any teachers doing a unit on energy, electricity, pollution, environmental science. Please contact Angela Oliverio, PPS Environmental Projects Coordinator at to schedule a presentation!