History of the Campus Ecology Program

In early 1989, the National Wildlife Federation challenged colleges to support Earth Day 1990 by starting environmental programs on campus and in the community. By summer, the Campus Ecology program had been established to work with college leaders and develop resources to help meet the challenge. More than twenty years later Campus Ecology continues to grow and support colleges and universities in their sustainability efforts to protect wildlife and habitat. 

Our primary goal is to reduce the need to "reinvent the wheel" of wildlife and environmental action from campus to campus. Our staff communicates to campus organizers what other conservation leaders have learned through resources and events such as our NWF EcoLeaders Initiative, Greener Campus webinar series, online sustainability case study database, and a variety of other tools.

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