School Incentives Program

  • Recycling supports resource conservation in schools by providing seed money for environmental projects through start-up grants. Grant applications accepted each fall. These projects increase awareness among educators, students, their families and the community.


    For more information contact or 503-618-2134.

    Grant projects

  • Computer to Assist Green Activities

    Congratulations, Kelly Creek Elementary School.

    • The school’s student Aardvark recycling team and Light Patrol members share their activities with others through their webpage, which is housed on the school’s main website.
    • They would like to be able to update their environmental waste reduction and energy activities during weekly meetings on a computer dedicated to their use.
    • Their computer would also be used for creating documents and reports for classroom presentations and assemblies as well as for use in their resource conservation projects.

    Project led by Christa Garman, head custodian and Green Team lea

    Dual-flush Toilets

    Congratulations, Centennial Park School.

    • Students and staff at CPS estimate that they can reduce water consumption at the school by a minimum of 7,000 gallons per year by installing dual-flush converter kits in all of the school’s seven toilets.
    • Installation of the kits will be done by the custodian and a student intern. 

    Project led by Ajai Huja, principal, and Jason Bitz, custodian.

    Environmental Education Curriculum

    Congratulations, Hartley Elementary School.

    • Every classroom teacher and special services providers will be given the opportunity to use grant funds to purchase resource conservation materials for his/her students. 
    • Vermicomposting curriculum will be provided to those students and their teachers who host the school’s worm bins.  

    Project led by Steve Cooper, child development specialist.

    Environmental Gardening Curriculum

    Congratulations, Hall Elementary School

    • The SUN program at Hall will provide curriculum to students supporting principals learned through hands-on activities in the school’s organic vegetable and natural flower garden. 
    • Grant money will help purchase, further develop and implement curriculum that links to school-day learning and state academic standards.

    Project led by Emily Goldberg, SUN site manager.

    Learning Garden Tools

    Congratulations, Salish Ponds Elementary School.

    • Salish Ponds is developing a Learning Garden.  Grant funds will allow the purchase of tools for use by students and staff to maintain the garden and the school’s flowerbeds. 
    • The school needs supplies to help improve its recycling program, particularly aimed at reducing the amount of paper that goes into the trash.  Grant money will purchase classroom recycling containers as well as recycling stations to accompany garbage receptacles placed around the school.

    Projects led by Karen Roney, physical education specialist.

    Nature Habitat Maintenance

    Congratulations, Hollydale Elementary School

    • The school’s greenhouse sustained storm damage.  Grant funds will purchase the supplies needed for the necessary greenhouse repairs.
    • The Nature Leaders program at Hollydale focuses on learning about lifecycles, conservation, ecology and ecosystems by growing fruits, vegetables and flowers, caring for worms in the worm bins and maintaining the school’s National Wildlife Federation recognized nature area with a rain garden and an extensive rain harvesting system. 

    Project led by Cyndi Smith, nature habitat coordinator.

    Outdoor Education Program Supplies

    Congratulations, Powell Valley Elementary School.

    • Using their neighborhood wetlands, creek and forest, the school would like to create an after-school outdoor program to involve 3rd through 5th grade students in environmental studies. 
    • Students in the program will be identified as the school’s “Green Team Leaders” and will share knowledge gained about the natural environment with others throughout the school at assemblies, Green Team meetings and in their classrooms.

    Project led by Sarah Ells, ELL teacher.

    Recycling Club Activities

    Congratulations, Lynch View Elementary School.

    • Students and staff in the Triple R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) club are gearing up to educate the school family about the importance of resource conservation and inspire them to adopt waste reduction behaviors.
    •  They will be learning about environmental issues through field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on lessons and will share what they learn with others.

    Project led by Arielle Schardein, SUN Program, and Tracy Lawrence, ESL teacher.

    Reusable Party Pack

    Congratulations, Highland Elementary School.

    • Many after-school and evening meetings and events are hosted at Highland, where food is served.  The school will be able to greatly reduce waste by providing reusable dishes and cutlery for these activities. 
    • The school will purchase reusable plates, cups and cutlery to create a “Party Pack” for this purpose.

    Project led by Ami Shannon, Title I student support TOSA.

    Reusable Water Canteens

    Congratulations, Centennial High School. 

    • The CHS girls tennis team will use grant money to purchase reusable water canteens, which they will sell to help pay for their athletic fees. 
    • Attached to the canteen carabiners will be a waste reduction message. 
    • The girls will also work with the school’s environmental science teacher to expand their efforts even farther. 

    Project led by Ben Petersen, math teacher and tennis coach.

    School Garden Winterization

    Congratulations, H.B. Lee Middle School.

    • Students in the SUN after-school gardening class want to aid in the success of their school garden and ensure a productive season come spring by properly preparing their 19 raised garden beds for winter.
    • They will add a protective layer of rich soil and amendments to the garden beds, shielding them from harsh winter weather while replenishing nutrients in the soil.

    Project led by Becca Lowry, SUN AmeriCorps community involvement specialist. 

    Watershed Restoration and Supplies

    Congratulations, Clear Creek Middle School.
    Students in the after-school SUN program have two projects to improve their campus.   

    • Restoring the riparian zone and improve water quality of the creek that runs through the school grounds by pulling blackberry and replanting the area with native vegetation. 
    •  Restoring  an area previously used as a garden but has become overgrown by weeding it, planting low maintenance natives and adding benches to make it a usable green space for students and staff. 
    • Grant funds will purchase tools, rain gear, heavy-duty work gloves, native plants and a bench for the green space in back of the school. 

    Project led by Zoe Shipley and Erin Moran, SUN community involvement specialists.

    Work Tools

    Congratulations, Springwater Trail High School.

    • The school’s garden and outdoor classroom focus on food production, environmental stewardship and increased physical activity on the part of the students. 
    •  Students learn basic agricultural techniques and how their food choices impact conservation concepts in positive or negative ways. 
    • A variety of garden tools are needed to support the Green Club’s efforts as well as for their use during Community Care days when students perform voluntary clean-up and maintenance service projects across the Gresham area.

    Led by Paul Kramer, language arts teacher and Green Club advisor.

    Worm Bin Composting

    Congratulations, Gordon Russell Midddle School.

    • The GRMS recycling class and its teacher, the lunchtime recycling crew (6th, 7th and 8th grade students) and the school’s head custodian will manage a vermicomposting system at the school to reduce the volume of fruit and vegetable waste going into the trash. 
    • They will utilize an existing bin and later construct a larger one to meet the needs of an expanding system.

    Project led by Neil Zeisler, head custodian.

    Updated recycling materials and supplies 

    • A second grant will be used at Gordon Russell to enhance the school’s entire recycling system through the purchase of updated recycling materials and supplies as well as support for the weekly recycling class. 
    • Environmental education materials, Recycling Team t-shirts, and basic supplies are needed to run the class.

    Project led by Ann Hymel, recycling class teacher.


    Yard Tools and Supplies
    • Congratulations, Sam Barlow High School.

      • Students needed tools and equipment in order to clean up, reclaim and beautify a natural area on campus that has been neglected due to lack of maintenance. 
      • They will restore an area where students can study plants, observe wildlife and use existing raised beds for gardening.

      Project led by April Anderson, Green Science teacher.