Oregon students want to play a part in fighting the climate crisis. We’re here to help them do just that.
Young people are demanding change. Project Zero is our answer to that call. This multifaceted, award-winning initiative is PGE’s commitment to engaging the next generation in climate science learning, clean energy solutions, and the green jobs of tomorrow.
Recognizing the program’s unique approach to climate education and community giving, the Portland Business Journal awarded Project Zero a 2022 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. We’re proud of Project Zero’s powerful results and share this award with our partners who helped make the program a reality.
Funded in part by the PGE Foundation, Project Zero is focused on three impact areas:
Teaming up with Portland Public Schools to develop comprehensive K-12 open-source climate literacy curriculum and offering free online and in-school learning experiences.
Investing in enhancing parks and greenspaces and improving air quality in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Young adults disconnected from work and school benefit from Project Zero’s green job internships with selected community partners.
PGE teamed up with Portland Public Schools (PPS) in 2020 to announce a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, K-12 open-source climate literacy curriculum.
Additionally, PGE partners with local education organizations like In4All, the Oregon Zoo, Mad Science and Dark Horse Comics to create hands-on science learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom.
Show your kids how to use electricity safely and check out our free electricity education resources for families and teachers.
We offer variety of environmental activities and lesson plans and videos for students of all ages to keep students learning.
We’ve joined forces with In4All as a way for PGE employees to engage students in hands-on STEM learning, building their identity as STEM thinkers and problem solvers and innovators of the future.
Become a Project Zero intern
Project Zero is recruiting 2023 interns! We’re looking for young adults ages 19 to 24, not currently enrolled in school and/or disconnected from a meaningful career pathway, who are seeking ways to create cleaner, greener communities.
Interns in Portland and Central Oregon spend six months working with environmental organizations like Columbia Slough Watershed Council , Forest Park Conservancy, Deschutes River Conservancy and Camp ELSO. In addition to gaining work experience, interns receive professional development coaching and learn about potential employment opportunities at our Destination Employer partners, like City of Roses Disposal and Recycling , DeSantis Landscape or Treecology.
Jumpstart your career in the green jobs sector or refer a young person ready for the challenge. Please contact Taaj Armstrong for additional information.
Host a Project Zero intern or become a Destination Employer
Are you a community organization focused on conservation, stewardship or environmental justice? Do you want to help prepare young adults for the green jobs of tomorrow? Contact Melissa Dubois to learn more about hosting an intern at your organization or becoming a destination employer. Sign the destination employer pledge if you’re ready to join the Project Zero family.
Climate change hits some communities harder than others. Project Zero invests in enhancing parks, greenspaces and air quality in neighborhoods disproportionately experiencing the negative health and environmental impacts of climate change. PGE is proud to advance these efforts alongside our longstanding partners, like SOLVE and Friends of Trees.
In 2021, the second group of Project Zero interns began an intensive six-month internship with community-based environmental organizations, doing purpose-driven work.
"It is a fantastic idea to join Project Zero and go through one of the internships. You get a lot of exposure to a bunch of different potential career fields. During my time with Project Zero, I learned about wastewater management; and I’m looking to get more involved in that field. I get to spend a lot of time out in green spaces and I’m doing work that positively impacts the local community. It gives me a lot of fulfillment and pride that I get to be involved in this kind of work".
– Ellie Taylor, PGE Project Zero intern with Play Grow Learn
Meet the “Climate Keepers," a crew of young heroes who learn about environmental threats to their community and fight pollution together.
This educational comic book is designed to help young people, grades 4-8, better understand the effects of climate change and explore ways to make a positive impact.
"The kids were so excited to get the comic books! They asked for our autographs at the end of class. (It was adorbs)."
- Amy da Silva, PGE employee volunteer at Bridger Elementary in NE Portland.
Visit the Agents of Project Zero Climate Keepers site to download the comic in English or Spanish and to find teaching resources and student activities related to climate change, environmental science and electrical safety.