About NWF’s Eco-Schools USA
The National Wildlife Federation granted host status from FEE to establish Eco-Schools programming for the United States
In December 2008, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) 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 NWF’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, NWF’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, there are over 59 countries around the world 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.
Eco-Schools USA has been privileged to award Eco-Schools’ highest honor, the Green Flag, to P.S 69Q for making significant and measurable changes impacting the environmental sustainability, both within the school and throughout the larger community.