General Motors Eco-Green
A National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA Partnership
The GM Eco-Green Partnership fosters and connects a network of K-12 National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools with their local GM facility employees, independent dealers and supplier networks. Collaboratively, they develop goals and action plans that result in "on-the-ground" school and community activities and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future.
GM employees, independent dealers and supplier networks can sign up as GM Eco-Green Mentors and become recognized as active and visible members in their community.
As a GM Eco-Green Mentor, you will have the opportunity to support K-12 schools using the Eco-Schools 7-Step Framework to:
- observe the indoor and outdoor environment
- decide on a course of action to realize a vision
- take action to locally improve the global environment
- plan a method for spreading the learning to the larger community
Join the Fun! Become a GM Eco-Green Mentor and participate in the shift towards a sustainable future by supporting your local schools.
The National Wildlife Federation offers you an online orientation to our program that illustrates how you and your team can effectively support schools in your community on a variety of environmental pathways and projects.
Eco-Schools USA Framework and Pathways
Eco-Schools USA is a nationwide school greening program that helps American K-12 schools to:
- reduce the environmental and carbon footprint of their buildings
- enrich their school grounds with gardens, outdoor learning classrooms, trees and natural landscaping
- incorporate hands-on environmental learning into their science, math, reading, art and social studies programs.
This program uses a 7-Step Framework for best environmental management practices within ten pathways. Eco-Action Teams or green teams focus attention on which pathway(s) they are most prepared to address in their local context and follow the framework to spiral change into the community from the student learning experience.
Many participating schools engage in community service projects and service learning projects such as watershed monitoring, invasive species removal at local parks, stream clean-ups and more. Implementation of this program results in increased student achievement, increased financial savings and increased environmental conditions. Eco-Schools USA recognizes the progress a school makes with a 3-tiered award system.