Electronics Recycling Competition Results

During the entire month of April twelve area schools participated in an electronic round up with NextStep Recycling and the Eugene/Springfield Eco-School Network. Congratulations to all of the schools and neighbors who participated.

The completed art was made entirely from salvaged materials from NextStep and MECCA. It was presented as a winning trophy for the winner of the community-wide electronics recycling competition.
The winning trophy for the winner of the community-wide electronics recycling competition was created in a neighborhood art workshop using salvaged materials from NextStep and MECCA..

The community dropped off electronics to NextStep and had their donations weighed and asked those pounds to be counted for one of the schools. NextStep also had bins at each of the schools for ten days, those weights were added to the total pounds collected for each school. The results were amazing.

Camas Ridge    5577
Edgewood    5389
Oak Hill    4994
Corridor    4704
Ridgeline    2875
Bertha Holt    2026
Roosevelt    1470
Shasta    1274
Edison    672
Charlemagne    472
Page    416
Adams    184

The community was the real winner with this one with a total collection of 30,267 lbs of electronic devices diverted from our landfill and reused for our community. Thank you!

Electronics Spring Cleaning Competition!

Planning a spring cleaning in your home or office? Save aside your old electronic components and appliances for a community-wide recycling contest to help divert electronic devices from our landfill and keep reusable electronics available to our community.

Drop off your electronics at NextStep at 2101 W 10th Ave, M-Sat, 8:30-5pm during the month of April and ask your donation to be credited to the school of your choice. Anything with a cord can go: toys, cell phones, monitors, computer and phone cables, laptops, keyboards, mice, hair dryers, blenders, coffee makers, palm pilots, toasters and even broken strings of light are appreciated. NextStep will refurbish everything they can and recycle what can not be repaired.

The school who collects the most pounds of recycled electronics will win!*

* Schools are invited to host a collection bin on-site between 4/13-4/20 to increase their chances of winning. Collection bin requests must be received before Monday, April 6. Entry required to win.

Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child

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Naturalist Workshop on May 9On Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10am to 12pm, the Eugene/Springfield Eco-School Network and Nearby Nature will host Dick Roy from the Center for Earth Leadership in Portland for a two-hour workshop exploring an exciting ongoing role, Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child. The relationship can be daily (parent or neighbor), episodic (grandparent), or distant (relative). The role requires no pre-existing knowledge of nature or biology. It is an excellent training opportunity for adults to foster and nurture a child’s relationship with nature.

Children are born, as Rachel Carson observed long ago, with an innate “sense of wonder” and curiosity about the natural world. This natural connection is experienced directly through their senses – seeing, touching, hearing, and smelling. In our modern culture, many significant influences disconnect children from a sensory experience in nature and erode their sense of wonder. As an antidote to these modern influences, the adult naturalist amplifies and nurtures a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity. The benefits to both adult and child are countless, and the bonding around a shared interest in the natural world can be one of the most enriching and memorable dimensions of life for both of them.

In this workshop, we will explore the intentional role of a naturalist in the life of a child. The workshop is one of three programs developed by the Center for Earth Leadership to enrich the lives of children living in an urban culture. The workshop is free but registration is required. Childcare is available in the Learnscape for $5 a child if requested 24-hours in advance. Download Flyer.

Registration Form

Naturalist Resources

Books for adults: the role of naturalist in the life of a child

  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell
  • Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors by David Sobel
  • Closer to the Ground – An outdoor family’s year on the water, in the woods, at the table by Dylan Tomine
  • Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Anderson
  • Wild in the City by Mike Houck

Field guides for adults & older children to learn more about Nature

  • Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, and Hall Opperman
  • Trees to Know in Oregon by Edward Jensen, Oregon State University
  • By Pat Lichen: Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Backyards Brittlestars and Mudbugs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Shorelines & Wetlands River-Walking Song Birds and Singing Coyotes: An Uncommon Field Guide to NW Mountains

Local nature activities for adult and child

Learn more about local nature education and outdoor adventure groups and agencies here.

Community Electronics Recycling Competition

Local schools are invited to participate in a community-wide electronics recycling competition in honor of Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.  The results will be weighed and the school with the most pounds of recycled electronics will win a certificate to the ReUse Store, a trophy for display, and recognition at a school assembly.

Entry Form

Each school must complete this entry form in order to participate in the contest and receive a donation bin from NextStep.

The Contest Sponsor will act as the primary contact during the event. The Sponsor may be a school parent or a community member in the neighborhood where the school is located. The Sponsor will work with the school on logistics and contact NextStep if pickups are required before the completion of the school round up.

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How Does It Work?

For the month of April, the community can help to celebrate Earth Day and support their neighborhood school by recycling old electronics! Anything with a cord can go: toys, cell phones, monitors, computer and phone cables, laptops, keyboards, mice, hair dryers, blenders, coffee makers, palm pilots, toasters and even broken strings of light are appreciated. NextStep will refurbish everything they can and recycle what can not be repaired.

Schools can participate in two ways:Electronic Recycling Competition Poster 2015

Off Site Electronics Drop Recycling: Encourage community members to drop off electronics at NextStep at 2101 W 10th Ave, M-Sat, 8:30-5pm during the month of April and ask that their donation be credited to their school. Download flyer…

On Site Electronics Drop-off Recycling: Host a donation bin* at the school from Monday, April 13 until Monday, April 20. Encourage families and neighbors to drop off their used electronics directly to you. NextStep will deliver the bin (or bins) and pick them up as needed. The final pick up will take place on April 20.

The school with the most pounds of recycling will win so doing both will work the best! It is free to participate but you must fill out the Entry Form.

How Do I Get Involved?

Designate a Contest Sponsor who will act as the primary contact during the event. The Sponsor may be a school parent or a community member in the neighborhood where the school is located. The Sponsor will work with the school on logistics and contact NextStep if pickups are required before the completion of the school round up.

Complete the Entry Form for your school by Monday, April 6.

Publicize the event at your school and in the surrounding neighborhood association.

* Donation bins are 4 feet x 4 feet cardboard boxes that should be placed under an overhang if possible. If not possible, tarps are available on request.

This effort to promote waste reduction activities at K-12 schools is sponsored by the Eugene/Springfield Eco-School Network, in partnership with NextStep Recycling. Together we can help to divert electronic devices from our landfill and keep reusable electronics available to our community.

Oregon Outdoor School News

Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition

The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition is holding regional discussions to hear what Oregonians think about Outdoor School.  Oregon’s outdoor school programs have a rich history dating back to the late 1950s, but today less than half of Oregon students get to participate in the program. The regional gatherings are an opportunity to help shape education in Oregon by telling us what you think Outdoor School should look like moving forward.

The following gatherings are being held in January:

  • Wednesday, Jan 21, 6-8 pm, Metro Council Chamber and Annex, Portland Anyone from the state can teleconference into the Portland gathering.
  • Saturday, Jan 24, 1-3 pm, Eugene, University of Oregon HEDCO Education Building, Room 176 (1655 Alder Street)

Registration Information > >

The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition is a broad, diverse and bipartisan statewide group consisting of educators, business people, and tribal and community leaders collaborating to secure funding for Outdoor School for all Oregon students.  Our long-term vision is to ensure that every Oregon student has the knowledge and perspectives to make responsible choices about Oregon’s nature and natural resources.

For more information: http://www.oregonoutdoored.org or contact Jennifer Robare at jen@friendsofoutdoorschool.org or 503.679.8378.

Inspired custodian keeps things “green” at Springfield elementary school

Guy Lee Elementary School custodian Bradley Barnhart has established a reputation for himself. During his nearly three years at the west Springfield school, Barnhart, 42, has cut in half how much garbage students and staff generate each week.

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Barnhart volunteers for several hours each week to lead the school’s “Green Team,” an after-school club for fourth- and fifth-graders who brainstorm ways to reduce waste, conserve energy and reuse materials in the school.

So far, Barnhart has secured nearly $5,000 in grants and award money for the Green Team and the school. He writes applications for grants and contests during his own time.

“I keep looking for stuff,” Barnhart said. “A lot of people don’t even bother trying. Read more…