Emily "Alix" Fano is NYC Outreach Manager for Eco-Schools USA. Emily has over 20 years of professional advocacy, media, and policy experience in the non-profit sector. She is a published author whose writing on health, bioethics, and the environment has appeared in national and international forums. A passionate environmentalist devoted to the goal of zero waste schools, Emily has led winning energy conservation and recycling campaigns, eliminated styrofoam lunch trays in school cafeterias, created a “No-Idling Zone,” written her district's first Green PTA Policy, and launched and managed numerous eco-friendly fundraising programs. Emily is an active member of the District 3 Green Schools Group – a coalition of public school parents working on sustainability issues in Upper Manhattan. In 2012, Emily co-authored, and was a core team member of the District 3 Composting Pilot - a model program in eight New York City schools that diverted 450 pounds of food waste from landfill daily and reduced the volume of cafeteria garbage by 85%. Using District 3's model, the City of New York replicated the program in 60+ schools in September 2012. Emily developed GreenSchoolsNY.com with her composting pilot team, as a resource to help other schools launch their own composting programs. She 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. Emily can be contacted at FanoE@nwf.org.
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 >
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 >
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 >