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About Eco-Schools USA

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.

Eco-Schools is currently being implemented in more than 50 countries around the world.


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.

This honor — and charge — fits seamlessly with NWF's work to promote environmental education, connect people with nature and raise awareness about the threat to people and wildlife from global warming.

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

More benefits of being an Eco-School 

For questions about Eco-Schools, email eco-schoolsusa@nwf.org


About the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

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FEE is a non-governmental, non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education. As an international umbrella organization, FEE has member organizations in 59 countries worldwide. One member organization per country represents FEE on the national level and is in charge of implementing FEE programs nationally.

Since 1981, FEE has actively promoted and delivered environmental education through international programs which aim to deliver Agenda 21 commitments and involve people of all ages and nationalities through formal school education, training of staff and raising environmental awareness among the general public.

FEE is mainly active through five environmental education programs: Blue Flag, Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment, Learning about Forests and Green Key.




About the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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The mission of UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and people to improve the quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Eco-Schools USA Partner

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders.

NASA and Eco-Schools USA
Earth from Space (Source: NASA)

Eco-Schools USA is proud to have collaborated with NASA on the creation a climate change curriculum. Learn more here >>