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Laura Hickey is the Senior Director, Eco-Schools USA program of the National Wildlife Federation. She has been with NWF for over 24 years in a variety of positions, but finds working with K-12 schools to integrate environmental education throughout the school is the most rewarding.
canoeing at dawn on Port Isobel

My Days On The Bay

8/4/2014 // By Laura Hickey

It’s true: I am a very fortunate person and I have the coolest job. And, I was lucky enough to be asked to attend a Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) three day workshop off of Tangier Island, Virginia with 22 Fairfax […] Read more >

Eco-Schools Mentor Visits from Wales

4/3/2013 // By Laura Hickey

The NWF Eco-Schools USA team was thrilled to host Lesley Jones, our Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) mentor, last month.  Lesley is the Chief Executive Officer for Keep Wales Tidy which operates the Wales Eco-Schools program.  We asked Lesley to […] Read more >

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The Joy of the Season

12/18/2012 // By Laura Hickey

As the holiday season is upon us, it always prompts me to reflect on all of the things that I hold dear – family, friends, colleagues, and our schools and teachers.  In light of the incredibly senseless and horrific events at […] Read more >

Carrick-a-rede in Northern Ireland. At the recent Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) General Assembly in Dublin, 70 countries were represented. (photo by Laura Hickey).

Thanksgiving in June at Environmental Education Assembly in Ireland

6/18/2012 // By Laura Hickey

I’ve just returned from the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland. The General Assembly is where all the participating host countries that run FEE’s education programs gather to make decisions on the group’s direction.  NWF is the […] Read more >

Centreville Elementary School is one of only a few Green Flag Eco-Schools (Laura Hickey)

Metamorphosis of a Green Flag Eco-School in Centreville, Virginia

5/24/2012 // By Laura Hickey

Last Friday, I had the privilege of conducting the in-person Green Flag Assessment for Virginia’s Centreville Elementary School. Elaine Tholen, Fairfax County Public Schools’ environmental coordinator, greeted me at the school, along with at least 30 students and several teachers.  […] Read more >

National Wildlife Week - Wolf

What National Wildlife Week Means To Me

3/21/2012 // By Laura Hickey

The endangered gray wolf was the poster child of the 1974 National Wildlife Week, whose theme was “We Care About Endangered Wildlife.” It’s also the reason that I came to work for the National Wildlife Federation in 1986. In 1974, […] Read more >

Laura Hickey, Ben Franklin students, US EPA's Director Jane Nishida and Justin Harris (Photo by Justin Harris, US EPA)

New Jersey’s Ben Franklin Elementary is the Highlight of My Week (and a Silver Award Eco-School)

3/16/2012 // By Laura Hickey

On Monday I had the privilege of traveling to New Jersey with Director Jane Nishida and Justin Harris of the US EPA Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs  to visit with our partners, Sustainable Jersey, at The College of New […] Read more >

Building Bridges: Can Eco-Schools Help Build a Stronger Sustainability Bridge Between Portland and Hong Kong?

1/20/2012 // By Laura Hickey

This week  I had the pleasure of attending a meeting hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer, Malcolm Jackson, for Portland, Oregon, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Donald C.K. Tong, of the Hong […] Read more >

Savannah Country Day School (Laura Hickey)

Eco-Schools USA: Celebrating Last Year’s Accomplishments and Ringing in 2012

1/4/2012 // By Laura Hickey

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. This lovely saying from Edith Lovejoy Pierce epitomizes to […] Read more >

In Taiwan (L-R: Donna Drewes, Randy Solomon, Laura Hickey, Minister Shen, Justin Harris)

Global Dimensions: A Sustainable School Partnership Growing in Taiwan

12/16/2011 // By Laura Hickey

I was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to travel on a US EPA mission to Taiwan this week with our partners from Sustainable Jersey, Donna Drewes and Randy Solomon, and Justin Harris from the US EPA International and […] Read more >

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