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Weekly News Roundup – April 20, 2012

4/20/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Nearly 400 Kansas Schools to be Recognized as Part of Eco-Schools USA Agreement April 20 – Nearly 400 pre-K-12 […] Read more >

Solar panel installation

GUEST POST: Helping Schools Reduce Energy Use Saves Money and Serves as a Teaching Tool

4/12/2012 // By Guest Author

The HELiOS Project (Helios Energy Lights Our Schools) was originally developed as a model for helping school districts build their own renewable energy systems to offset the cost of their electricity use. It has been adopted by a growing number of school districts in California. Read more >

schoolyard habitat

New Biodiversity Pathway Asks Eco-Schools (and Students) to Explore the Wild Around Them

3/20/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Many schools offer hands-on laboratories for studying life on earth without even knowing it. Just in time for National Wildlife Week, National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program has officially launched a new Biodiversity pathway to help schools explore their own […] 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 >

The Colorado Rockies (photo by Jennifer Hammonds)

Green Schools National Conference Draws Student Participation in Colorado

3/8/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The Greens Schools National Network’s (GSNN) mission is to advance the National Green and Healthy Schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations. What better place to do that than in beautiful […] Read more >

Program directors at the Artemis Temple

Young Reporters for the Environment Program Coordinators Gather in Turkey

2/29/2012 // By Kate Hofmann

Kusadasi, Turkey was the location for the annual meeting of the international Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program this February. Two members of NWF’s Eco-Schools USA team had the privilege of attending, in preparation for launching the Young Reporters […] Read more >

The Power Down Project is a student-run initiative aimed at reducing energy use at the high school. (Kate Crosby)

MA Energy Advisor Says Eco-Schools USA Helps Students Work Through Complex Challenges

2/16/2012 // By Jennifer Murck

One of the highlights of my job is when I get to talk with teachers and students, and hear about the work they are doing to green their schools. Last month I interviewed Kate Crosby, Energy Advisor for the Acton-Boxborough […] Read more >

School wouldn't be worth a whole lot if we taught every fringe 'controversy.' (flickr | sidewalk flying)

Koch-Funded Plan in Development to Teach K-12 Kids Global Warming isn’t Real

2/15/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Ah, the old ‘teach the controversy’ gambit. If there’s an easier, more cynical way of casting doubt on reality, I haven’t seen it yet! Case in point: ThinkProgress Green says it has acquired documents that show the partly Koch and […] Read more >

President Obama at the first White House Science Fair in 2010. No presidents ever came to my science fairs, just sayin'. (flickr | cerebus19)

Second White House Science Fair Features Young STEM Innovators and Environmental Projects

2/7/2012 // By Max Greenberg

President Obama is hosting the second White House Science Fair today, featuring more than 100 students representing “competitions and organizations that work with students and inspire them to excel in STEM”(science, technology, engineering and math). Exhibits will include designs for […] Read more >

Teachers link what they already teach to Eco-Schools USA pathways (Jennifer Hammonds)

Green Schools Trend on Display in Texas

2/1/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The green schools movement is now a bona fide national trend. Case in point: the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) voted to include environmental education provisions in an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act […] Read more >