In December 2008, the National Wildlife Federation was granted host status for K-12 schools in the United States by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
This honor—this charge—fits seamlessly with the National Wildlife Federation's work to promote environmental education, connect people with nature, and raise awareness about the impacts to people and wildlife from climate change.
Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators, and community volunteers, the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities, and the curriculum; truly providing students with a unique research and application based learning experience.
Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum.
The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. Currently more than 59 countries around the world are participating in the program.
The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum, and enhance science and academic achievement. Additionally it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.
For questions about the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program, email Eco-SchoolsUSA@nwf.org.
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