Environmental Education | PCS School Forest

PCS Green Team

During the 2008-2009 school year Parkview (the third school in the District to adopt the program) began participating in Ramsey County's and Washington County's Food-to-Hogs Program under the direction of Dan Schoepke, Sr. Environmental Specialist with the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, and supported by MEHA. "The Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA) is an organization of public health professionals in government and industry working to improve the living and working conditions in homes, businesses, and the protection of the environment. ... The mission of the Minnesota Environmental Health Association is to provide professional development to its members, and education and information to the community, which will maintain and enhance public health and the environment in Minnesota."

This PDF offers a look at the what the program is, how it works, and its benefits.

Ramsey County's site has a number of other links to information on the various programs dealing with food waste.

You can also download Boxes, Bottles, Banana Peels.

Recycling Video (above) Wins Regional Emmy® Award

PCS Emmy Award Trophy

A video guide to school recycling initiated and funded by Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health, produced by the City of Roseville, filmed and edited by CTV North Suburbs, and starring students and staff at Roseville's Parkview Center School, has won a 2011 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award. "Boxes, Bottles and Banana Peels: A Guide To School Recycling," recently won first place in the "Education/Schools - Program/Special/Series" category of the Regional Emmy® Award competition of The Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Green Team Program Recycling Progress Report

As Kermit the Frog says “it isn’t easy being green"…but at Parkview we are trying to make it a whole lot easier.

We have experienced many benefits from our recycling program so far at Parkview. Some of these include, student ownership and leadership in recycling, staff engagement in the process, and modeling our PEACE values of making responsible choices to conserve earth's resources and protect our planet.

As we continue to improve each year we are looking for new ways to recycle and new ideas for reducing waste. For your own recycling at home you may want to check out this web site: www.rethinkrecycling.com.

PCS Food to Hogs Program

We have specific expectations in the café for students to dump all food waste in a bin. This bin is free of non food items. The farmer we work with picks up on Tuesdays. We are very proud of this program.

We also partner with the Career Life Transition (CLT) program  through Mounds View Schools who provide a young adult who manages the Food to Hogs station in the café.

If you have further questions about this program please don’t hesitate to call 651-487-4360 or email Principal Kristen Smith Olson.

PCS School Forest

In the past Parkview has teamed with the University of Minnesota School of Forestry and as a result of the collaboration was designated a Minnesota School Forest Site. University of Minnesota staff and student interns worked with PCS teachers to provide numerous environmental education activities throughout the school year. A Green Team offered students, parents, and teachers special opportunities to work on more in-depth projects. The School Forest projects continue to include planting and landscaping projects on the school grounds.

Parkview was one of the first schools on the web as a result of the School Forest project. Steve Lyme, a forestry graduate student, developed Parkview's first web site back in 1994. The U of M's Forestry School actually hosted the page on their web server. We have heard that Steve has gone on to be webmaster for Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources.

Please visit our School Forest Web Site.