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Program Changes

Exciting changes are coming to the Eco-Schools USA program beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Modeled on a successful system implemented by our northern neighbors, EcoSchools Canada, the reenvisioned program will see a streamlined website experience, action plans created by student-led teams and made up of user-friendly action cards, centering equitable nature-based solutions. Data collected will be easily available and will reflect the school’s collective impact over time. There will be several important areas of change users will see with the redesigned program, starting with a name change to Eco Schools U.S. and a logo refresh! 

Update #1:

Important things to note:

  • All active schools that registered between August 2020 and June 2023 will be automatically registered into the new system.
  • In addition, schools that have earned a Green Flag at any time will be moved over to the new dashboard. Green Flag schools will see school information and Green Flag awards. Documents, photos, and badges for any current registered Eco-School (including Green Flag schools) will not transfer to the new dashboard. With that in mind, we ask schools to download any necessary data from the current dashboard before July 1, 2023.
  • If you are currently working towards a Green Flag award, please submit your application by June 30, 2023, in order not to lose your school’s progress.
  • Annual registration will be required.
  • Action plans will be submitted in the spring for review and certification. 
  • Extensive opportunities for both live and recorded training sessions for educators will be available beginning in August.

Bookmark this page and check back over the next few months for details about a refresh of the Seven Step Framework, the reorganization of the existing pathway structure into three familiar themes, and the revised point-based certification structure.

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