Weekly News Roundup – April 29, 2011

from Wildlife Promise

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s National Wildlife Federation news:

America’s First ‘Green Flag’ Flies Over Sustainable Savannah School

April 29, 2011 – Savannah Country Day School in Georgia was named the nation’s first Green Flag Eco-School in a ceremony yesterday, signifying exceptional achievement in ‘greening’ school grounds, operations and curricula. The school achieved this honor through a combination of excellence by “green” management of its facilities and grounds, providing opportunities for outdoor education and by integrating environmental learning throughout its curricula.

New Guidance Moves to Restore Clean Water Act Protections

April 28, 2011 – The EPA and the Corps are taking an important and necessary step to restore the Clean Water Act by providing new guidance grounded in law, science, and public health. This move will begin the process of restoring vital environmental safeguards for rivers, lakes, streams, and estuaries that are essential for sustaining healthy communities for people and wildlife.

Possible Tar Sands Price Fixing Needs FTC Probe Attorneys Say

April 28, 2011 – There are enough indications that tar sands oil companies are trying to manipulate U.S. oil prices to warrant an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), attorneys for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation allege.

May is Garden for Wildlife Month

April 28, 2011 – May has been designated Garden for Wildlife Month and it’s a great time to adopt some gardening practices that will make your yard a sanctuary for wildlife. To celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, National Wildlife Federation will plant a tree for every wildlife habitat that is certified during the month of May. “Anyone can garden for wildlife, no matter how big your space, or how expert a gardener you are,” said David Mizejewski.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Green Ribbon Program to Advance Sustainable Schools (pdf)

April 26, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Education announced today the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools that have taken great strides in greening their curricula, buildings, school grounds and overall building operations. The program, celebrated during a tree planting ceremony at the Department of Education headquarters, will help cash-strapped schools save money and prepare students for 21st Century jobs.

And here are a few highlights from NWF in the News:

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