Eco-Schools USA in New York City: Helping NYC Schools Go Green!
Powered by students, teachers, and principals, National Wildlife Federation’s NYC Eco-Schools are advancing solutions to reduce waste, conserve energy, create green spaces, and engage students in experiential Green STEM opportunities! NYC Eco-Schools is partnering with the NYC Department of Education, the National Park Service, ioby.org and a variety of non-profit and corporate partners to give schools the support and resources they need to solve important environmental and education challenges, and to help students spend more time outdoors.
Registered NYC Eco-Schools receive invitations to free borough-wide events and workshops, including the popular Sustainability Coordinator gatherings at model green schools, a monthly e-newsletter, and opportunities to connect with other NYC Eco-Schools, as well as Eco-Schools around the nation and around the globe.
Students at PS87 in Manhattan participating in NYC Eco-Schools "Litter-Less Campaign," 2013
Emily Fano, Outreach Manager, NYC Eco-Schools
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What's Happening at New York City Eco-Schools?
New York City Eco-Schools are saving energy and reducing their school's greenhouse gas emissions by participating in programs like NWF's Eco-Schools USA Cool School Challenge.
Learn how your school can participate.
A Hands-on Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Educators with National Wildlife Federation, Gateway National Recreation Area, and Community Greenways Collaborative Staff
Where: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY
When: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 9am to 3pm
Pollination is an essential ecological function. Without pollinators like birds, bees, and butterflies, humans and all of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, wouldn’t survive. Insects, for example, pollinate 75% of the crops used for food worldwide. But pollinators are in trouble.
Join Liz Soper, Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s K-12 Education programs, Educational Specialist/National Park Service Ranger Dan Meharg at Gateway National Recreation Area, and Kerissa Fuccillo from Community Greenways Collaborative to learn about how climate change and extreme weather events are impacting pollinator biodiversity, migration, breeding, and food availability there. Educators will learn how to utilize NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat Programs™ to help their students develop critical thinking skills, analyze, and solve relevant environment-based problems, from understanding the local impacts of climate change and implementing school-wide carbon reduction plans, to increasing biodiversity at their schools and beyond. A hands-on ecological restoration activity at the Refuge in the afternoon will provide a much needed food source for migrating monarch butterflies.
Certificates of attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop.
Maximum capacity 50. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis until May 23, 2014. Transportation options will be provided upon registration. Lunch included.
Questions? Contact Emily Fano, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYC Eco-Schools Sustainability Coordinator Gatherings
From Landfill to Wildflowers: A Private Tour of Fresh Kills Park With NWF
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Staten Island, NY
Join the National Wildlife Federation’s NYC Eco-Schools for a private tour of Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island with Phil Gleason, Assistant Commissioner for Waste Management Engineering, and Robin Geller, Program Manager for End Use Development at the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Gleason, a civil engineer with DSNY since 1983, and Geller have been overseeing Fresh Kills’ transformation from a landfill to a 2,200 acre pastoral public access park. Come learn about the landfill’s design and hidden infrastructure; how landfills like Fresh Kills may impact both ground and surface water; and how environmental monitoring and control programs work. Learn about how gases from decaying garbage are collected and purified from Fresh Kills to provide natural gas (methane) to heat thousands of homes annually. <<Register and learn more about the Fresh Kills Tour.
U•KONSERVE GIVEAWAYS FOR NYC ECO-SCHOOLS!
Did you know that you can track your Eco-Schools program goals, progress towards awards, and your shrinking environmental footprint on your very own virtual dashboard page?! You’ll also help NWF collect important metrics about the impact NWF Eco-Schools are having across the U.S..
Our partner Kids Konserve has generously offered fabulous giveaways for the first 50 NYC Eco-Schools teachers who populate their dashboard pages!
Use the login information you received when you registered your school to access the dashboard. Contact me for assistance and/or when you’ve populated your page. Your prize will be on its way! Provide a shipping address and allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Here is what you’ll receive (one of each per person).
Leak-Proof Stainless Steel Containers
Use Kids Konserve’s leak-proof, BPA-free stainless steel food storage containers as a non-toxic and non-leaching alternative to plastic and disposables. These reusables are perfect for packing kid's lunches and picnics on the go, while saving trash from our ever-growing landfills.
Food Kozy Wraps
Stop using plastic baggies altogether when you stock up on these BPA-free and PVC-free reusable food wraps. An ideal waste-free alternative for takeout, picnics and travel.