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Supporting Green Schools Nation Wide

Alcoa Foundation’s predecessor, currently known as Legacy Alcoa Foundation (and formerly known as Alcoa Foundation), was founded in 1952 as one of the few endowed corporate foundations in the United States. As a result of the separation of Alcoa Inc. into Alcoa Corporation and Arconic Inc. in November 2016, two new foundations were formed, into which the assets of Legacy Alcoa Foundation were transferred.  One of the newly formed foundations, known now as Alcoa Foundation, is the foundation associated with Alcoa Corporation.  Today, Alcoa Foundation invests where Alcoa Corporation has a presence, providing grants that contribute to environmental excellence around the world, particularly in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change research. Learn more at and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.


For more than Edison-Logo125 years, we’ve helped build stronger communities across Southern California and Central California. Using funds from shareholders of our parent company, Edison International, we contribute to local organizations that help meet the many needs in diverse communities. At Edison, our giving is focused on important and timely issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.


LEGO, NWF Partner

Thanks in part to the generous support of the LEGO Community Fund U.S., National Wildlife Federation and our Connecticut affiliate, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association are working on a monarch–related, “Green STEM” focused pilot program (the marriage between traditional science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and environmental-based education) with 25 schools in Connecticut. The “Monarch Mission” pilot will see the creation of much needed monarch butterfly recovery gardens at each of the participating schools and is expected to reach 13,000 students and 850 teachers.


GM-LogoSince 1908 General Motors has been producing some of the safest, most fuel-efficient, and most celebrated vehicles. Today GM, still committed to being the world’s leading automaker in innovation is also an important player in corporate-level sustainability and environmental responsibility as it strives to protect wildlife, educate communities on conservation initiatives, research alternative technologies, and improve the eco-efficiency of its operations worldwide. 


National Association of Elementary School Principals


The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization of elementary and middle school principals who serve 33 million children in grades Pre-K-8 throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP has devoted a section of their website to Green Schools to help principals determine how to get started with school greening and how to use it to improve student learning and engagement.



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National Association of Secondary School Principals

In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership.


National Green Schools Society [NGSS] is operated by the multi-award winning, non-profit organization, Project Green Schools, Inc., (PGS) a nationally recognized organization based in Massachusetts. Building on its reputation as a national leader in student recognition, Project Green Schools launched NGSS in 2012 as a way to bring a more formal structure to the student recognition process for environmental service. Project Green Schools is one of most respected environmental education organizations in the country when it comes to youth development. National Green Schools Society provides a structured chapter-based program for high-achieving, environmentally focused students to create extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities while getting the recognition they deserve on a state and national level. The NGSS program develops bright, civic-minded, environmentally literate citizens. By establishing a NGSS chapter in your school/organization, students in grades 2 through 12 will advance their passion for preserving the environment through environmental education, service projects, leadership, and activism

Oregon Oregon Green SchoolsGreen Schools (OGS) is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1997 to energize and engage students through student-driven activities that advance their understanding and ownership of sustainability. OGS programming helps schools make a difference in their communities on sustainability issues such as recycling, reducing waste and energy and conserving water. OGS is operated by a volunteer board of directors and has over 25 regional coordinators throughout the state to support schools and nearly 300 participating schools.  Regional coordinators help schools conduct waste audits, provide guidance and training for new programs and recommend curriculum resources and grant opportunities.  Certified Oregon Green Schools receive reciprocal status in a national network of green schools though Eco-Schools USA. 


Kansas Green Schools

Kansas Green Schools of Excellence

The Kansas Green Schools Network provides educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental interrelationships that impact public health and our society, and that promote responsible environmental stewardship practices. Their goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of air and water quality, climate change, energy, reduction and recycling of solid waste, and wildlife habitat. Eco-Schools USA has partnered with Kansas Green Schools of Excellence and PLT GreenSchools! to co-certify schools.



Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

The Maryland Association for Environmental Outdoor Education (MAEOE) encourages, educates and supports Maryland educators to inspire the people of Maryland, by increasing understanding of the natural resources that exist in the state and engaging adults and children to act responsibly as they enjoy being outside. MAEOE is recipient of the Governor’s Smart Green and Growing Award. MAEOE has certified 454, 20% of all public and private schools in Maryland since the program began in 1997. NWF has partnered with MAEOE to co-certify schools through Eco-Schools USA and the Maryland Green Schools program. 


NewPage Corporation

NewPage Corporation is the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America, producing papers used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging applications and direct mail advertising. They have committed to actively supporting responsible forestry practices around the world, and have begun looking at the practices used in their paper production that, when scaled internationally, can begin to improve our shared environment.  NewPage Corporation has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and McGraw-Hill to pilot a texbook recycling program in Minnesota and Wisconsin.



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Amgen, a human therapeutics company, is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and to environmental sustainability. They have established forward-thinking programs to ensure environmental compliance, with programs that target conservation of energy and resources, sustainable building designs, waste reduction, recycling, and the use of recycled or renewed products. Both regulatory agencies and local communities where Amgen operates have recognized the Company’s environmental performance. Amgen is also a sponsor of the Eco-Schools USA program, enabling us to reach out to schools in the Seattle, WA area.



EcoMyths Alliance

Eco-Myths Alliance busts environmental myths to make it easier to be green. They do this by calling upon an all-star alliance of experts from some of the most respected nature institutions around to provide just the facts. Naturally. They help people make the best green decision for themselves, their families, and nature.



Howard Ruby

Mr. Howard Ruby

Wildlife images featured on Climate Classroom Kids (part of the Climate Change Pathway) were taken by Howard Ruby. Mr. Ruby is a nature photographer, Chairman of Oakwood Worldwide, and a supporter of the National Wildlife Federation. He has spent years traveling around the world to photograph the many amazing wild animals and wild places seen on this site. For his efforts, Mr. Ruby was named the 2007 Conservation Photographer of the Year by NWF. He is passionate about using his photos in creative ways to teach children and adults about the effects of climate change and he has been the driving force behind the creative development of this new website.

Click on the photo to read our interview with Mr. Howard Ruby and see photos of him on location. You can also visit his website, to see a preview of other photos that will soon be featured on our site.



Facing the Future

Facing the Future empowers teachers with the resources they need to ignite their students' interest in complex global issues while helping them achieve academically. Their approach is positive and solutions-oriented, and their business model is systemic and leveraged: Facing the Future programming reaches hundreds of thousands of students each year at a cost of less than $2 per student.  


Green Living Project

Green Living Project is a media production and marketing company focused on documenting, promoting, and supporting unique, cutting-edge models of sustainability from around the world. Through award-winning multi-media content (HD video, photography), GLP educates and inspires people on sustainability initiatives (e.g. responsible tourism, wildlife conservation, community development, education, and food). To date, GLP has documented 60+ unique and successful sustainability-related projects across 17 countries in Africa, South America, Central America and North America. Additionally, Green Living Project’s Education Program brings sustainability education into the classroom by inspiring teachers and students with sustainability films, curriculum, presentations, student filmmaking and other unique educational opportunities. 



Recycle Across America™
Recycle Across America™ (RAA) is a non-profit solution initiated and funded by the Environmental Advancement Foundation®, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress.  Recycle Across America™ is specifically focused on introducing solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive, effective and prevalent in the United States.   Recycle Across America™ represents what can be accomplished when an industry unites to deliver simple solutions that have a large and measurable impact on society for the greater good. Click here to learn more about the partnership between Recycle Across America™ and Eco-Schools USA.



The Climate Project US

The Climate Project US is a movement established by Al Gore in the wake of interest following the launch of the film An Inconvenient Truth. Its aim is to educate and challenge citizens and governments into action against the growing crisis of global warming. Its first initiative was the training of 1,000 citizens across the US to present the information delivered in An Inconvenient Truth to audiences across the country. The National Wildlife Federation was The Climate Project's training partner and developed a high school curriculum based on An Inconvenient Truth. This curriculum is included in the Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Pathway.



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Sunwise School Program

Eco-Schools USA has partnered with the Sunwise School Program, an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components, SunWise seeks to develop sustained sun-safe behaviors in schoolchildren.  Recognizing the many issues schools are asked to address daily, SunWise was developed with the needs of schools and educators in mind. The program was designed to provide maximum flexibility elements and can be used as stand-alone teaching tools or to complement existing school curricula. The time commitment necessary to implement SunWise is minimal, while the potential payoff in lower skin cancer rates - and other health benefits in the future - is high.




Reusit logo has empowered hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce, reuse & save since its launch in 2003. It's a place where you will find our family of "best of the best" reusables available in many categories so you can eliminate disposables from every part of your life -- from bags and bottles to lunch, household items and beyond. An authentic, triple-bottom-line company, supports Fair Trade Practices and donates one percent of all sales to environmental causes through 1% For the Planet. To date, has empowered its 250,000+ customers to eliminate nearly 1 billion use-and-toss items.



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The U.S. Department of Education announced in April 2011 the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. Click here to learn more!