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Emily "Alix" Fano is NYC Outreach Manager for Eco-Schools USA. Emily is a published author and has over 20 years of professional advocacy, media, and policy experience in the non-profit sector. She is a passionate environmentalist devoted to the goal of zero waste schools and was a core team member of the 2012 District 3 Composting Pilot - a model program in eight New York City schools that reduced the volume of cafeteria garbage by 85% and became the model for a citywide expansion (see www.GreenSchoolsNY.com). Emily has a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and is a trained presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
Park Rangers from Blue Heron Park assist PS 57 students with water sampling studies.

Students at PS 57 Conduct a 14-Month Water Quality Study

3/20/2014 // By Emily Fano

March 17–23 is National Wildlife Week, and this year’s theme is water, specifically people and wildlife’s shared need for clean water. In keeping with this year’s theme, Junior Scientists and Junior Rangers at PS57, a Green Flag Eco-School in Staten Island New York, […] Read more >

Students collect herbs on PS 41′s greenroof in Manhattan. Photo: Megan Westervelt

Three NYC Eco-Schools Collaborate on Green Roof Curriculum Guide

1/7/2014 // By Emily Fano

Guest post by Amy Sirot Schools interested in green roofs may soon have a valuable new tool: a green roof curriculum guide created by three NYC Eco-Schools. The guide will offer a curriculum that connects green roofs to existing NYC […] Read more >

NYC Eco-Schools Go Solar!

11/5/2013 // By Emily Fano

According to a landmark 2012 report, “Rooftop Revolution,” by the Manhattan Borough President’s office, there are 2.7 million square feet of usable roof space on NYC’s public schools. These rooftops represent a vast, untapped opportunity to generate renewable electricity from solar […] Read more >

A Great Year for NYC Eco-Schools!

8/9/2013 // By Emily Fano

It’s been a remarkable first year for NYC Eco-Schools. Aside from being the largest and most diverse public school system in the U.S. – New York City is also the urban area with the greatest number of registered Eco-Schools.  The program has […] Read more >

Local School Greening Projects Get a Helping Hand

8/7/2013 // By Emily Fano

There are 140 Eco-Schools across the five boroughs of New York City; many have fantastic school greening initiatives that need funding. Whether it’s starting a recycling program, creating an urban wildlife habitat garden, building a green roof, or restoring oysters to New York Harbor, […] Read more >

Bees, Birds and Butterflies: NYC Eco-School PS6 Hosts Gardening Workshop

6/19/2013 // By Emily Fano

In early June, over two dozen teachers, parent gardeners, and several students attended a free NYC Eco-Schools workshop “How to Create Wildlife-Friendly Schoolyard Habitats,” led by Eliza Russell, Director of National Wildlife Federation’s Education Programs. The workshop was held atop […] Read more >

PS 57 Earth Day - Flag in garden

NYC Eco-School PS 57 Gets 2013 Green Ribbon Schools Award

4/25/2013 // By Emily Fano

On a gloriously sunny Earth Day, cheers erupted in NYC Eco-School PS 57′s large outdoor garden as the Staten Island elementary school found out it had won a 2013 Green Ribbon Schools award.  WNBC-TV was there to capture the excitement. Pre-kindergarteners jumped up […] Read more >

Cows In the Garden: How One Teacher at a NYC Eco-School in the Bronx Engages Children in Science

3/5/2013 // By Emily Fano

One sunny day in 2010, a farmer came to visit PS 69 Journey Prep School in the Bronx, a NYC Eco-School. The farmer brought Rainbow, a 7-day-old calf, along with him.  While Rainbow munched contentedly on plants in the school garden, the […] Read more >

Students from St. Ignatius cleaning a green space _______. NWF photo by ____.

It’s an Urban Jungle Out There – Growing Sustainable Schools in New York City

1/25/2013 // By Emily Fano

Last October, I started my dream job as New York City Outreach Manager for Eco-Schools USA. Every day, I get to wake up and help teachers and parents find ways to make their schools more sustainable by reducing waste, saving […] Read more >