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THE GREEN TEAM at Western Oregon University

Support Western's Recycling Team! - SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT, SAVE THE WORLD!

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The purpose of the Green Team is to implement, and coordinate the residence hall recycling program; which includes collection,
and maintenance of centralized recycling locations throughout the residence halls. Additionally, the team provides educational
programming that increases environmental & sustainability awareness within the residence halls.

Specifically, your Green Team does the following for you:

  • Collect recycling in centralized areas within the residence halls.
  • Sponsor educational programs.
  • Keep office hours. (See below)
    The Green Team office is located on the first floor in Heriage Hall (behind the RA desk.)
  • Promote sustainability.

Green Team Office Hours

    11 am - Noon: Kelli
    Noon - 2 pm: Tori

    10:30 am - Noon: Miranda
    10 am - 11 am: Kelli
    11 am - 12:30 pm: Sydney

    10 am - Noon: Miranda
    3 pm - 4 pm: Tori
    3 pm - 5 pm: Zoë

    10 am - Noon:Kelli

    9 am - 11 am, Noon - 1:00 pm: Sydney
    10 am - 11 am: Miranda
    3 pm - 5 pm: Zoë

Green Team Recycling Schedule

  • MONDAY: 10 am - Noon
  • TUESDAY: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • FRIDAY: 1 pm - 3 pm

Green Team Staff Meeting

  • FRIDAY: 11 am - Noon -
    Heritage Conference Room


Make Your Event MORE Sustainable!The Green Team can Help!!!

We have funds available to help you make your event more sustainable.
Just use the link below to download and print our Green Team Event Form.
Then fill out the form and submit it at least 2 weeks before your event.



  • Year in School: Graduated
  • Major: Higher Ed
  • Why are you on the Green Team:
    I came to WOU from PSU, which has a big sustainability initiative, I was also looking for a work place that values sustainability and the housing department here has that passing with me.
  • What does being Sustainable mean to you:
    It’s about being smart and thinking ahead. It’s more than just recycling, it’s thinking about how your actions will affect the future.
  • How do you live the Green Dream:Sustainability is a huge part of my life. I integrate it into my life style, the decisions I make, the products I buy, and the activities I do.


  • Year in school: Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology
  • Why are you on theGreen Team:
    I've always been aware of recycling and how good it is for you, but now I'd really like to get more serious about it. I want to become more aware of the importance of not just recycling, but also to reduce and reuse. By being on the Green Team I believe that I can learn more and I can also teach people the importance of living Green.
  • What does sustainability mean to you:
    Sustainability means to be able to conserve and reuse items to the best of your ability. As well as creating an environment that is beneficial for you as well as the environment.
  • How do you live the Green Dream:
    I try to pay attention to recycling and what items can be recycled and what things cannot. As well as trying to help others know about recycling and educating them on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.


  • Year in School: Sophmore
  • Major: International Studies
  • Why are you on theGreen Team:
    I wanted to be more involved in my community but I also have a passion for contributing towards making a brighter future. I'm excited to be on a team that makes a difference now and for the future.
  • What does being sustainable mean to you:
    To sustain is to continue. So to me, sustainability is the effort made to making things last.
  • How do you live the Green Dream:
    I watch my water usage, compost, eat and buy organic, locally grown food and products, reduce and reuse, recycle , attend beach clean-ups and tree planting events and turn off my lights when I'm not in the room.


  • Year in School: Sophomore
  • Major: Undecided
  • Why are you on theGreen Team:
    I noticed how eco-friendly Oregon in general really is. So I wanted to get involved and have an impact on our campus by recycling and bringing awareness to all student with green activities. .
  • What does being sustainable mean to you:
    Being sustainable means putting in the effort to create a better environment. Not to overuse our materials and resources. Reuse, reduce recycle!
  • How do you live the Green Dream:
    I live the Green Dream by recycling and reusing my resources. I reuse my water bottle instead of constantly buying new plastic water bottles. I try to encourage others to recycle!


  • Year in School: Sophomore
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Why are you on the Green Team:
    I wanted to get more involved with the on-campus initiatives. Being an Oregon resident for nearly my entire life, the green movement is something I truly care about. Green Team is a great oppportunity to do my part in caring for Western and the environment.
  • What does being Sustainable mean to you:
    Sustainabliity means being conscious of using our natural resources in order to preserve our environment. To protect our environment, everyone needs to reduce waste, reuse as much as possible and recycle properly.
  • How do you live the Green Dream:
    I do my best to live a green life. For example I use a reusable water bottle, turn off the l;ights when leaving a room, carpooling, walking, donating before throwing away and being knowledgeable about what can be recycled and where. So many little things add up!


  • Year in School: Junior
  • Major: Pre-Nursing
  • Why are you on Green Team: 
    I am on the Green Team because I believe that it is of the upmost importance for us, as inhabitants of this planet, to educate each other about and be active participators in the aspects of sustainable living (like recycling and reusing our resources).
  • What does being Sustainable Mean to You:
    Sustainability is a responsibility to consider all the repercussions on others and the environment of our actions. It seems to be a mentality of our present way of living to idolize and fixate on the obtaining the new and throwing away the old. Thus we value nothing. Sustainability is seeing the value in those objects or ideas and using them successfully.
  • How do you live the Green Dream:
    I live the Green Dream by looking at life a little bit differently and differentiating my "needs" into necessities and luxuries. I tend not to buy brand new clothes and reconfigure what I already own. I take care of my belongings so I don't have to replace them and I support businesses (preferably local to where I am living) that encourage and support sustainable practices .


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