Another important part of our Sustainability Education Program is to provide access to civic engagement and job development opportunities. Click here to learn more about our Environmental Promoters Program.
In 2018, 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!
Across the greater Portland Metro area, we partner with schools per request to provide 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.
Collaborating with 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. Click for more details!
We partner with multifamily 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 currently partner with Home Forward and the Rosewood Initiative, and just received an award for our programming!