“Toto, I’m afraid we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Unlike Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, in the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, most people and animals affected by tornadoes don’t usually fare as well.  These natural disasters …

My Days On The Bay

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 …

Eco-Schools Mentor Visits from Wales

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 …

The Joy of the Season

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.  …

Thanksgiving in June at Environmental Education Assembly in Ireland

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 …

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

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 …

What National Wildlife Week Means To Me

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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