Brief history of how our school, and its students, have addressed environmental, climate, racial justice and/or social justice work
Bend High has a strong environmental club with many students involved in planning climate strikes and protests, bring your own silverware campaigns, Earth Week events, local events for middle and elementary school students, and more. The club has also educated voters on local and federal candidates and their past voting regarding environmental bills. The Design Justice class–based on activism and advocacy–has addressed sustainability-related issues and made long-lasting change. In addition, the IB Environmental Systems and Societies class offered at Bend gives students an opportunity to learn about Earth and sustainability. The cross country team has done several trash pick-ups during their practices to clean up the campus and the areas surrounding it, and individuals at Bend High have also done their own clean-ups of the campus.
Club goals, priorities and interests (that are aligned with Our Future)
- Community action and civic engagement.
- Being involved with legislative actions.
- Having student representatives on a “youth climate council” in your city and/or county.
- Becoming certified as an Oregon Green School (or upgrading to the next level).
- Enhance your waste reduction practices (e.g. composting, paper use, recycling, beverage containers, reusable utensils in the cafeteria).
- Training opportunities for other students at your school (e.g. climate science, how to get involved in environmental/social justice issues).
- Increase club membership (including recruiting Freshman/Sophomores into your club/team).
Main Student Contacts
Oregon Green Schools Corner
Stay tuned for Oregon Green School certification progress!