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March 19, 2014

Three Schools Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability

State announces 2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award winners

(Salem, Ore.) –
Today Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton and Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative representative Lori Stole announced the recipients of the 2014 Oregon Sustainable School Awards. The Oregon Sustainable School Awards recognize schools for addressing sustainability in the areas of Environmental Impacts; Healthy, Safe Students; Education for Sustainability; and Social Sustainability. An overall winner is selected for most successfully and comprehensively addressing sustainability in all four areas. In addition, awardees may be selected for excellence in a specific area. This year, three Oregon schools received recognition through this awards process.

The 2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award winners are:

2014 Oregon Sustainable School Award
• Willamette High School, Bethel School District

2014 Oregon Pillar 1 Award: Environmental Impacts
• Jesuit High School, Portland

2014 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students & Staff
• Willamette High School, Bethel School District

2014 Oregon Pillar 3 Award: Education for Sustainability:
• Trillium Creek Primary, West Linn-Wilsonville School District

This year’s applications were scored by a team of nineteen people from federal, state, and local government agencies, schools and universities, non-profit organizations and other community partners. The awards will be presented at local school board meetings in the recipient districts. This is the third year of the Oregon Sustainable School Awards program.

“Education is all about preparing students for their futures and part of that preparation is ensuring students learn about how to take care of the world around them and be good environmental and social citizens,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “These schools understand the importance of weaving sustainable practice and sustainability education into everything they do. They can serve as strong models for the rest of the state, and I am honored to recognize Willamette High School, Jesuit High School, and Trillium Creek Primary for their commitment to environmental and social sustainability.”

The Oregon Sustainable School Awards are offered as a joint project of the Oregon Department of Education and the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI). This award program is part of a dual application that also includes the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Recognition Program. This year Oregon nominated two schools for green ribbon consideration: Willamette High School and Jesuit High School. The 2014 Green Ribbon recipients will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in April.

“I am excited to see the efforts of these and other schools around Oregon that are working to contribute to an environmentally and socially sustainable world,” said Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative representative Lori Stole. “Whether schools approach sustainability by reducing energy, water, and resource use to minimize their environmental impact, by creating healthy school environments and encouraging physical activity and smart food choices, by integrating sustainability education into the curriculum including through real-world experiences, outdoor instruction and extracurricular activities, and/or by focusing on social sustainability and equity, the impacts can be huge. These schools are helping to inspire and empower the next generation to be stewards of our world.”

The Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) facilitates the integration of economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable concepts and practices into all educational and operational activities of our K-12 school system so that schools and communities are able to prepare our children to create and succeed in a sustainable future. SOSI is coordinated by the Sustainable Schools Collaborative.

For further details about the Oregon Sustainable School Awards or the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards visit www.sustainableschools.org or contact Lori Stole at lstole@sustainableschools.org eMail.


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Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650
http://www.ode.state.or.us


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