The Eco-Schools USA Team is happy to share with you our 2012 milestones, which highlight how we've worked to build and strengthen the NWF Eco-Schools USA program this year!
January – Began a set of trainings that introduced 1,000 New York City Dept of Education Sustainability Coordinators to the Eco-Schools framework.
February – Formalized a partnership with the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree to co-certify Kansas Green Schools as Eco-Schools.
March – Added new Biodiversity pathway to Eco-Schools program.
April – First Green Ribbon Schools winners announced – 25% are registered Eco-Schools; Established partnership with Recycle Across America to help distribute almost 1,000 free standardized recycling labels to Eco-Schools.
May – Formalized a partnership with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education to co-certify Maryland Green Schools as Eco-Schools; Formalized a partnership with Earth Networks to cross-promote WeatherBug schools and Eco-Schools; Acton-Boxborough High School (MA) awarded the Green Flag; Added new Healthy Living pathway to Eco-Schools program.
June – Great month for Green Flag awards: Sleepy Hollow Middle School (NY); Skyview Junior High School (WA); and Centreville Elementary (VA); Added new Sustainable Food pathway to Eco-Schools program; Piloting began for a new Entergy-sponsored energy and climate change curriculum.
July – NWF becomes host of the Cool School Challenge.
August - Held a focus group with students to help us design our new program – Young Reporters for the Environment USA.
September – Launched the Young Reporters for the Environment program in the United States; Formalized a partnership with Oregon Green Schools to co-certify Oregon schools as Eco-Schools; Mary Rieke Elementary (OR) awarded the Green Flag.
October – Emily Fano joined our team as the New York City Eco-Schools Outreach Manager; Signed an MOA with the Austin Independent School District (TX) to implement Eco-Schools district-wide; Churchill Road Elementary (VA) and Unity Charter School (NJ) awarded the Green Flag.
November – Developed tools and resources to help students and teachers cope in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; Attended Eco-Schools International’s National Operators Meeting in Malta.
December – In calendar year 2012, we registered over 1200 schools as Eco-Schools; New Dashboard deployed so schools can track and announce their progress; NASA-Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Curriculum is complete and available to all schools.
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