The National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program partners with many youth and conservation organizations in an effort to extend our reach to U.S. campuses and communities and support them in their sustainability efforts to protect wildlife and habitat.
Learn about the National Wildlife Federation's recent partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools, Second Nature, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)—Collaborating for the Future of Higher Education Sustainability.
Organizations and groups listed below include current partners and partners that the Campus Ecology and EcoLeaders programs have worked with in the past:
American Association for Community Colleges
American College and University Housing Officers International
APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
Assocation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
Campus Conservation Nationals
Campus to Congress
Clean Air-Cool Planet
Energy Action Coalition—Power Shift and Power Vote efforts
Environmental Paper Network—The RePaper Project
Geothermal Energy Association
GEOExchange: The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Jobs for the Future—The Greenforce Initiative
Keep America Beautiful
Lucid Design Group
National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)—Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
NewPage Corporation—Textbook Recycling Program
Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE)
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Sustainable Endowments Institute
The Wildlife Society
United Negro College Fund's Building Green Initiative
U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools (USGBC)
The National Wildlife Federation has partnered with McGraw-Hill and NewPage Corporation to pilot a textbook recycling program. The partnership combines McGraw-Hill's sustainability commitment, NewPage's desire to increase fiber recovery, and the National Wildlife Federation's environmental education and sustainability programs. The Campus Ecology program will help coordinate the pilot project in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program.
The National Wildlife Federation will hold textbook recycling events at select K-12 schools and colleges campuses in Minnesota and Wisconsin twice throughout the school year. Two fellows from the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program will coordinate these events and help with outreach in the pilot locations. Efforts will aim to draw in not only students, teachers, and schools officials, but also members of the larger community.
NewPage Corporation will supply recycling bins at the events and ensure that the textbooks collected are appropriately recycled. The textbooks will be processed by a third-party to remove the hard covers (if existing) and bindings prior to recycling as these would be considered contaminants in the recycling/deinking process.
As part of this program, the National Wildlife Federation will identify existing curricula and activities about recycling that could be adapted for use by participating schools, and to assist them in integrating environmental education into their recycling activities. The National Wildlife Federation will also provide an online webinar for participating schools and community members on the benefits of recycling as well as program logistics and timing for the recycling events.
What is a Campus Ecology Fellow?
Campus Ecology Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront climate change on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts. Campus Ecology fellowships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about Campus Ecology Fellowships.
Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA program and find out how your school can tackle consumption and waste.
The National Wildlife Federation is a partner in the Environmental Paper Network's RePaper Project. The RePaper Project was created in 2007 to improve the quality and quantity of paper being recovered by recycling. In working with major paper purchasers and recycled paper manufacturers it became clear that the demand for recycled paper was soon to outgrow the capacity to manufacture recycled paper. Therefore, the RePaper Project was created to boost the recovery of paper to best meet the needs of both manufacturers and purchasers.
The RePaper Project works collaboratively to build bridges between common grounds and foster robust dialogue, action plans, and commitments to making the U.S. and ideally all of North America, leaders in paper recovery and recycling.
Learn more about the RePaper Project
Check out the RePaper Challenge
Check out the guide, Paper Steps on Campus - 9 Steps to Protecting the Climate
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom, to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials, and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. www.centerforgreenschools.org
Webinar: Using LEED on Campus: Making the most of green building planning and implementation for your buildings, old and new. Watch it now.
This webinar was hosted in partnership with USGBC's Center for Green Schools and National Wildlife Federation's Greenforce Initiative, an effort of the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future.
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