EUGENE, Ore. -- Holt Elementary became the ninth school in Eugene School District 4J to be recognized as green certified on Wednesday.
The school has spent the past five years working with Partners for Sustainable Schools, who taught staff and fourth graders ways to make the school greener.
“I feel good about it,” fourth grader Annabelle Marwitz said. “Our school, I want it to be green!”
Now Holt offers reusable lunch trays in the cafeteria, and the lunch staff all wear reusable aprons. Instead of throwing away unclaimed lost and found items, they donate them.
The school also lowered its overall electricity and water usage.
“I just like that I get to help our school with not using too much water and electricity,” fourth grader Nicol Watson said.
The Oregon Green Schools certification comes with a $500 grant, which they want to invest in more green changes.
“It’s really exciting, and I know there is a lot going on, I feel like publicly right now, with young people demanding climate change,” fourth grade teacher Lindsey Daggett said. “So it’s really exciting to see kids as young as 9 and 10 years old saying we care, and this is our future, this is our planet, and we really want to make sure it’s somewhere where we can live and enjoy and take care of it. So it’s great.”
Going forward they’re creating a green team of students to improve the things they’ve done to create an environmentally-friendly school.