Schools and communities prepare our children to create and succeed in a sustainable future.
To facilitate the integration of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable concepts and practices into all educational and operational activities of our K-12 school system*.
* School System = state, regional and local schools, districts and agencies, as well as charter and private schools
The Sustainable Schools Collaborative (SSC) is a non-profit organization that collaborates with schools staff and stakeholders to help K-12 schools and districts educate for and practice economic, social and environmental sustainability. We are based in Portland, Oregon and happy to work on projects anywhere.
The Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI) is a major SSC focus.
Lori Porter Stole, Executive Director
Lori has been involved with sustainability and related issues since 1995. Her school sustainability journey began with Oregon's third largest district, Beaverton, where she led a sustainability task force to design a district sustainability program. In 2005 she began a sustainable schools program for the non-profit Zero Waste Alliance. Both she and the program recently branched off to become an independent non-profit organization, the Sustainable Schools Collaborative. Prior to her involvement with schools, she worked for several years with product stewardship solutions to the electronic waste problem, serving as staff to the Western Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (WEPSI).
Lori has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and worked for over a decade in the semiconductor and plastics industries, in the US and in Germany. She's also a freelance musician and plays violin in several orchestras in Oregon. After working, climbing, kayaking and biking in various places around the world she came to Oregon in 1986. Her twins are in high school.
Dorothy Atwood, Sustainability Management Systems
Lynne Mutrie, Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Lynne's passion lies with creating places where walking and biking are encouraged, convenient and safe. She has been working towards this for over 20 years starting in Vancouver, Canada and most recently as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's (BTA) Statewide Safe Routes to School manager. While at the BTA, Lynne was part of the team that developed the City of Portland's SRTS program that started with eight schools and now serves the majority of the city's schools. Lynne is presently a board member for the Alliance for Community Traffic Safety, where she coordinated their Community Traffic Safety program and worked to help communities statewide to develop plans and programs for safe and efficient transportation.
Lynne has a BA in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario. Lynne loves being either in or on the water and has been a competitive rower, cyclist and triathlete, but now prefers finding new views, either locally or abroad, from the seat of her bicycle.
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