Sustainability News and Highlights

EcoChallenge 2014 starts Oct. 15th!

For two weeks, October 15-29th, we challenge you to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. It’s a win-win that’s designed to inspire a lifetime of positive change! Find out more and get great ideas at the Northwest Earth Institute EcoChallenge website. This would be a great activity to do with your family or class!

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants

When it comes to starting a school garden, $2,000 can go a long way. That’s why the Whole Kids Foundation garden grants can be such a boon. For the fourth year in a row, we’ve partnered with Whole Kids Foundation to provide $2,000 grants for new or existing edible gardens run by K-12 schools or their nonprofit partners. The application is now open through October 31st. Learn more about the program here. Apply today!

First Sustainability Coordinator meeting Nov. 5th

Are you involved in your school's sustainability efforts or interested in learning more? Please join this year's group of sustainability coordinators on November 5th. There will be updates on organics programs, waste and energy reduction initiatives, school gardens, and more. A representative from Waste Management will also be present to answer any questions. 

Please email Rachel Willis ( for more details.  


New Team Member!

Rachel Willis will be joining PPS this year as the AmeriCorps member and Environmental Projects Coordinator. She hails from upstate New York where she was working as the Sustainability Coordinator at Skidmore College and is very interested in exploring food justice issues, helping with waste reduction efforts, and helping students understand the interconnections of the social, environmental, and economic spheres of sustainability.

Contact Rachel if you are interested in becoming an Oregon Green School, implementing an Organics program at your school, or integrating sustainability into your school culture through classroom presentations, projects, and activities!



Contribute to Oregon Green Schools when you shop at Fred Meyer!


Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Oregon Green Schools at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (91914). Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Oregon Green Schools earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today!

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 Rachel Willis ( know if you’re interested in doing this fun workshop with your class, green team or student council.