Eco-Schools USA's 2010 at a Glance

Year-End Milestones: Where We've Been and What We Accomplished this Year

12-20-2010 // Amanda Cooke

National Wildlife Federation is proud to host the Eco-Schools program in the United States.  This internationally acclaimed program provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curricula. When a school registers, it joins an international network of 38,000 schools and 10.5 million students in 51 nations.

We’re happy to share with you our coverage of the places we’ve been and the progress we made in 2010, the first full year of Eco-Schools USA. 

Total registered Eco-Schools (since USA program inception): 395
Students served: 221,550
Title I or Free/Subsidized Lunch Program schools:  60%
Average facility expense savings per school: 10-30%
Program fee: $0

Click on the following links to read accompanying blog posts and web pages from the Eco-Schools USA team:

In 2010, where in the world was the Eco-Schools team?
  • Shenzhen, China for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s General Assembly event
  • Baltimore , Maryland for the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference
  • Greenbelt , Maryland for the inaugural NASA/Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections professional development institute 
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first-ever Green Schools National Conference 
  • Buffalo, New York for the 39th annual North American Association for Environmental Education conference
  • New Orleans, Louisiana for the National Education Association national conference
  • Edinburgh, Scotland for the Eco-Schools National Operators Meeting
  • Washington state for a teacher training workshop at the Woodland Park Zoo 
  • Washington, D.C.’s National Mall for the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival
2010 Monthly Milestones:

- In January, we celebrated the New Year with the launch of a new website.  Lothrop Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska became the first Bronze Award winner of 2010. 

- In February, the team uploaded a new and improved energy audit checklist to the website.

- In March, we debuted the e-newsletter and published our first case study, which highlighted a Georgia Eco-School’s efforts to go green.

- In April, we celebrated our 200th registered Eco-School.  Days later, the oil spill crisis began in the Gulf of Mexico.  In response, the team developed a special website report section with related information and activities for students.

- In May, we talked to a parent from PS41 in Greenwich Village about the school’s upcoming green roof and environmental literacy laboratory.  Our team also encouraged people to take action on Endangered Species Day

- In June, Senior Director Laura Hickey traveled back in time to her former middle school in Fairfax, Virginia, now a Silver Award-winning Eco-School.

- In July, The Boston Globe featured a story on Boston Latin School’s student leadership and green roof project.  Last school year, Boston Latin won a contest sponsored by Eco-Schools USA and Warner Brothers. 

- In August, Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Elementary School received a mini-grant from the HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative to work on its greenhouse and green roof.  We hit 300 total school registrations that month, and nearly 100 new schools joined the Eco-Schools USA network since the summer of 2010.

- During September’s back-to-school season, the program unveiled its interactive map of all registered Eco-Schools in the United States, in conjunction with the release of NWF’s Back to School: Back Outside! report.

- In October, we attended the first-ever National Green Schools conference, and celebrated Earth Science Week on the National Mall.

- In November, the inaugural NASA/Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections institute showcased our new climate change curriculum.  Later that month, our team leaders represented the United States at the National Operators Meeting, which brought together Eco-Schools colleagues from 47 countries.

- In December, Eco-Schools USA held its first-ever teacher training workshop, at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

- In November and December, Public News Service produced stories about Eco-Schools in Virginia, Massachusetts, Arizona, Minnesota and Idaho. 

We expect 2011 to be another big year for the Eco-Schools USA program in terms of new registrants, improved test scores, and cost savings.  Continue to follow our progress on the Eco-Schools USA Facebook page and Twitter feed.  You may also subscribe to the RSS feed of Eco-Schools USA stories on Wildlife Promise.

Happy New Year from the Eco-Schools USA team,

Laura Hickey, Liz Soper, Jennifer Hammonds, Kate Hofmann and Jennifer Murck