The grass is always greener in the Eco-School Network!
What Does the Network Do?
- Provides a leadership training that helps you clarify the changes you would like to make at school, to develop effective strategies, to recruit others to your cause, and to maintain project momentum.
- Holds periodic gatherings and field trips to share information with other parents.
- Provides tools and aids for use in schools, which have been created and used by Network members and are shared through our online space.
- Facilitates sharing of resources, trouble-shooting, and feedback among parents through the online forum and in-person gatherings.
Started as a project of the Center for Earth Leadership, an Eco-School Network is an organization of parents who promote sustainable practices and raise ecological awareness at their child’s elementary school. The structure was developed as a vehicle to enlist, train, and provide ongoing support for intentional parents. Sister ESNs now exist in Portland, Beaverton, West Linn, and North Clackamas.
How Did the Network Begin?
The Center for Earth Leadership’s primary program is How to Be an Agent of Change, and it offers a training to help individuals be effective as they try to bring more sustainable practices into their circles of influence. Early on, the center noticed that the most passionate agents of change are parents wanting to bring about changes in their child’s school. Jill Inahara stepped up and said she’d like to form a network of these parents to share experiences and resources and support one another. In 2009, the center formed the Portland Eco-School Network and developed a special training for parents.
Subsequently, the center organized sister networks in Beaverton and West Linn. It intends to expand into other districts in the Portland metropolitan area in the future.