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May 6, 2013

Oregon Sustainable School Award Winners Announced

Four Oregon schools honored for commitment to sustainability

(Salem, Ore.)
– Today Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton and Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative Executive Director Lori Stole announced the recipients of the 2013 Oregon Sustainable School Awards. The Oregon Sustainable School Awards recognize schools for addressing sustainability in the areas of 1) Environmental Impacts, 2) Healthy, Safe Students 3) Education for Sustainability and 4) Social Sustainability. An overall winner is selected for successfully and comprehensively addressing sustainability in all four “Pillar” areas and awards are also given for specific pillars.

The 2013 Oregon Sustainable School Award winners are:

2013 Oregon Sustainable School Award
• Jackson Elementary (Medford School District)

2013 Oregon Pillar 2 Award: Healthy, Safe Students and Staff
• Meriwether Lewis Elementary (Portland Public Schools), co-winner
• Oak Creek Elementary (Lake Oswego School District), co-winner

2013 Oregon Pillar 3 Award: Education for Sustainability, Environmental and Social Literacy
• Jesuit High School (Portland)

2013 Oregon Pillar 4 Award: Social Sustainability
• Jackson Elementary (Medford School District)

This year’s applications were scored by a team of seventeen people representing a wide variety of organizations. No winner was selected for Pillar 1, Environmental Impacts.

“These schools have made a commitment to environmental stewardship, student and staff health, and integrating sustainability into both their instruction and their daily practice,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “Our schools can play an important role in fostering an early commitment to living in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, and I am proud to join in recognizing Jackson, Meriwether Lewis, Oak Creek, and Jesuit for their leadership in this area.”

A school that is high achieving in all four pillar areas excels in all aspects of educating their students to create an environmentally and socially sustainable world. This means the school is actively striving to monitor and reduce energy, water, and material resource use as well as minimize transportation impacts. Their practices lead to a healthy indoor environment and food and physical activity offerings that contribute to student and staff wellness. The education they provide integrates real world experiences, includes outdoor instruction and activities, and is supported by community connections and staff professional development. The schools provide extracurricular activities supporting sustainability. They reach out to meet their own community’s needs, actively work to address equity issues, encourage family and community involvement, serve their diverse populations, and empower students and staff.

“I applaud the work these schools have done, which benefits their students and communities,” said SOSI Executive Director Lori Stole.

The awards will be presented on June 25, 2013 at West Linn’s Trillium Creek Primary School at the Sustainable Schools – Sustainable Solutions Conference. Attending the full-day conference is encouraged, but it is also possible to attend only the lunch-time award event. Scholarships are available for the conference.

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.

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 awards presentation event, Sustainable Schools – Sustainable Solutions Conference, or the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards visit www.sustainableschools.org or contact Lori Stole, lstole@sustainableschools.org eMail, SOSI.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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