Sustainability Education Program

We partner with affordable housing communities to provide weekly hands-on activities to youth and families that are designed to fit within six themes that relate to sustainability.  Some activities include: making a recycle bin out of reclaimed materials, making a mural out of bottle caps, bilingual yoga, tire gardens, and community-led garage sales.  Our programming has helped increase recycling rates and diverted pounds of trash from landfills.  We are currently located on 7 affordable housing sites in Portland in partnership with Home Forward, and just received an award for our programming!

Community Engagement Opportunities

Another important part of our Sustainability Education Program is to provide access to civic engagement and job development opportunities. Recently, we helped facilitate a Community Based Master Recycler program (in partnership with City of Gresham, City of Portland, and Metro). Read more about it here! 

Ground Score Program 

The Ground Score program facilitates low-barrier waste management and environmental stewardship work opportunities for low-income community members interested in working in the green economy.  It is led by and for those who, for lack of sufficient resources, collect cans, bottles and other wasted materials as a source of revenue or sustenance. This program is a collaboration between many organizations that support the most vulnerable members of our population.  To find out more information, or to get involved, please email the Ground Score Coordinator at

School Programming

We’re in schools across the greater Portland Metro area providing hands-on activities that engage students in the concept of sustainability.  Whether we’re building a recycling bin out of empty plastic bottles, a mini greenhouse out of reused water jugs or a flower garden out of old tires, our programs provide real-life examples of sustainable practices that empower youth to use their own creativity for a more creative, peaceful planet.

Sustainability Certificate Program

Empowering youth is at the core of what we do. In order to further this aspect of our mission, we’re proud to award a Sustainability Certificate to youth age 15-years and older who fulfill certificate requirements, including design and facilitation of hands-on sustainability education programming.  All participants must pass a basic background check and are awarded a written letter of recommendation and documentation of hours worked upon certificate completion.
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check us out on the radio!

Hear from our Founder and Executive Director, Laura Kutner Tokarski, on|Talking Trash: A Green Tips Podcast

00:00 / 33:52

Learn more about our Ground Score program through an interview with Taylor Cass Talbott, the Ground Score Development Coordinator, and Christine Alix, a Ground Score Member on OPB | Think Out Loud 

00:00 / 13:28

Our Mission: 


 Provide hands-on, creative experiences that encourage resilient communities.  

Our Vision: 


Empowered, healthy communities living in a world without waste.  



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