Oregon City's McLoughlin Elementary embraces conservation
Milk cartons are a thing of the past at John McLoughlin Elementary as the school implements a more sustainable practice — the cafeteria has a new milk dispenser, and students will be provided with reusable cups for milk or chocolate milk.
"We have worked hard to be a green school," said Principal Candice Henkin. "This helps us reduce waste dramatically, and the milk tastes better, too."
The school has embraced other sustainable practices as well, and last year won the Trex Recycling Challenge for the Pacific Northwest for recycling more than 2,000 pounds of plastic. A bench made of recycled materials was awarded.
"We have a Green Team of students who lead the work," Henkin said. "Besides recycling bins in every classroom, we also have a certified wildlife refuge created by the children. We sort our cafeteria trash and do waste audits yearly to track our progress."