Eco-Schools USA

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Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement. Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.

NWF to Lead U.S. Eco-Schools Program
In December 2008, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) was granted Eco-School host status for K-12 schools in the United States. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum.

Benefits of the Eco-Schools Program

The Eco-Schools program is designed in a way that:

  • Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
  • Leads to financial savings for schools
  • Decreases the school's carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
  • Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
  • Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Increases parental involvement
  • Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
  • Develops national and international links
  • Seven Steps:
    Eco-Schools USA uses a program of Seven Steps that involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process. The steps are:

    1. Establish an Eco-Action Team
    2. Perform an Environmental Review / Audit
    3. Develop an Eco-Action Plan
    4. Monitor and Evaluate Progress
    5. Link to Educational Curriculum
    6. Involve the Entire School and Larger Community
    7. Create an "Eco-Code," or a Mission Statement

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    National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Studies
    Environmental Sciences
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-12
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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    Eco-Schools USA
    National Wildlife Federation
    11100 Wildlife Center Drive
    Reston, VA 20190

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