In partnership with the City of Eugene and Sanipac, EEP is helping 4j schools reduce their solid waste through commingle recycling and composting with the Love Food Not Waste program. For the 2018/19 school year, we are currently working with 10 schools across School District 4J. We provide support, supplies, equipment and training, as well as related STEaM classroom activities. Schools are reimbursed for the cost of food waste pick-up by the City of Eugene. Last year, 12 participating schools diverted hundreds of pounds of food waste from the landfill!
Our goal is to bring the number of participating 4j schools to 100% in the district by the year 2020.
Check out this cool video: Love Food Not Waste video
2018/19 Participating 4j School Cafeterias Interactive Map
Adams Elementary Camas Ridge Elementary César E. Chávez Elementary Charlemagne at Fox Hollow Elementary Edgewood Community Elementary Edison Elementary Family School McCornack Elementary Churchill High School North Eugene High School-culinary program South Eugene High School Network Charter School Soon: El Camino del Rio
Explore the City of Eugene’s web site to find out more about the program.
Conservation Efforts- REthink… REfuse, REduce, REuse, REcycle
See below for some of the projects EEP has supported since our partnership with the City and Sanipac began in 2014. Projects are activities that don’t fit easily into the categories of Lesson Plans or Field Trips, but are student-oriented waste reduction activities.
Chavez Green Dream Follow the Chavez Green Team in their efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Waste Audit @ Adams Elementary School Join Joshua Frankel of Sustainable Partners for Schools and the 4J TR@SH team as they help Adams Green Team complete a waste audit in preparation for Green School re-application.
Waste Audit @ River Road Elementary Join Ann Brentmar and her LaneCC math students on a cooperative waste audit with students at Camino del Rio/ River Road Elementary.
Classroom composting at Chavez Elementary Follow Tana Shepard and the Chavez Green Team in their efforts to compost classroom snack waste
Composting Cafeteria Waste at Kennedy Middle School. Download a 10-slide Kennedy Power Point produced by the Kennedy Green Team.
Recycling and Compost Collection by Roosevelt Green Class Follow Matt Byers’ Green Class as they perform their recycling duties.
Activities and Resources for Reducing Waste
Lunchroom Waste Audit and Forms– A plan for a school cafeteria audit with forms and a blank bar graph scaffold. Grades 3 and up. Download Below.
Recycle it Right! is a team-based activity where students sort their box of items into categories to be recycled or thrown away. Includes links to online practice sites for elementary grades. Background resources for teachers included. Recycle it Right
Landfill in a Bottle- A month-long observation of changes in “typical” garbage collected in a 2 liter bottle. Students discover what items break down fastest and which remain. It can be used to spur research and reflection. All ages. Landfill in a Bottle
This Landfill is a Gas! A week-‐long engineering exploration of landfills for gases and leachate produced designed for teams of 4, grades 3-5.
This Landfill is a gas!
Design, Build and Test Your Own Landfill is a 2-3 day activity scalable from grades 4-12, in which engineering teams design a landfill in a plastic shoebox and bury simulated garbage (dye-filled cotton balls) and test them to see much garbage it will contain and how well the landfill contains it when a “rainstorm” tests it. Includes roles for project, construction, design, and budget engineers in
each 4-member team. Design, Build and Test Your Own Landfill
Build a Landfill Diagram- Using a clear plastic tennis ball tube and recycled fabrics, straws, and bottle caps, build a model of a modern landfill. Compare it to a diagram and make analogies between the materials chosen for the model and the function/appearance of the actual landfill components. All ages. Build a Landfill
Making a Model Landfill- A 1-2 day activity building 3 models of landfills and predicting and testing how well they protect the groundwater from contamination. Also includes a map of Oregon with existing landfills and a mapping activity. Make a model landfill
Let’s Make a Cake- Children build a landfill using a layer cake as an analogy. (Grades k-3). Let’s make a cake!