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An Unsafe School Environment Can Affect Students’ Health and Academic Performance

1/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

In my years as a classroom teacher, I noticed an increase in the number of students who missed school due to respiratory problems. Why the increase? Was it the school itself?  I wondered what secrets the building held. Considering that […] 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 >

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Guest Post: Middle School Students Work to Ban the Plastic Bag

12/19/2011 // By NWF

Mike Garguilo is a passionate middle school science teacher in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He is the host of the Environmental Action Club which received the award for the environmental club of the year in Westchester County and co-writer of the […] 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 >

Eco-Schools ‘Healthy Schools’ Pathway Addresses a Toxic Problem

12/9/2011 // By Max Greenberg

Early this year, the National Association of School Nurses released a disturbing nationwide survey (PDF). The results: over 40% of respondents said they knew children and school staff “adversely impacted by avoidable indoor pollutants”and almost all affirmed that their schools […] Read more >

Trash sorting at school (photo by Ann Sussman)

Guest Post: Eye on the Green Flag, Massachusetts Eco-School Holds a Trash Audit Party

12/7/2011 // By NWF

Kate Crosby serves as the Energy Advisor for the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton Public Schools in Acton, MA. She will be presenting at the National Green Schools Conference on energy conservation in K-12 schools in February 2012, […] Read more >

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Red, Green and Blue! 34 States Opt In to U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

11/30/2011 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

In a time when our political differences seem to be more polarizing than ever, it is encouraging to see that education remains a bipartisan issue.  Half of the 34 states that have now opted in to the U.S. Green Ribbon […] Read more >

Eco-Schools National Operators gathered with Green Flag in Krakow (Liz Soper)

My Trip to Poland for the Eco-Schools National Operators Meeting

11/17/2011 // By Liz Soper

After three flights and 24 hours of traveling, I finally touched down in Krakow, Poland, three weeks ago and was met by our wonderful friends from the Environmental Partnership Foundation, which run Ekoszkola (Eco-Schools) here. I was in Poland for […] Read more >

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U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Award gets the Green Light!

9/29/2011 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

  Today is a fantastic day for the environmental education movement!   The U.S. Department of Education alongside the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency launched the U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Award.  This program will recognize and award […] Read more >

Flickr/D Sharon Pruitt

Back to [Green] School!

9/8/2011 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

The arrival of fall marks the end to longer days, ice cream trucks and the return to the classroom.  For some students around the country this return is often marred by preventable illness due to unhealthy school facilities—classrooms that are […] Read more >