Weekly News Roundup – October 21, 2011

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news:

A First for Education: Reauthorized ESEA to Include Environmental Literacy

October 21 – The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has voted to include environmental education provisions in an amendment to the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), marking the first time environmental education has been formally included in federal K-12 education policy.

“This bill is a bellwether for American education—it signals that K-12 schooling is entering a new phase, one that embraces a broadened curriculum that is focused on increasing 21st century skills such as critical thinking and innovation which is key to our success in the global clean energy economy” said Kevin Coyle, Vice President for Education and Training at NWF.

NWF-Supported ‘Billion Dollar Challenge’ to Boost Colleges’ Green Investments

October 19 – At a time when many colleges are struggling with budget cuts and rising energy costs, return-oriented “green revolving funds” are growing in popularity partly for their potential in financing energy efficiency upgrades.

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, a higher education initiative to help create green jobs and lower campus operating costs, aims to encourage that trend.

The Challenge, launched under the coordination of the Sustainable Endowments Institute with support from the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program and other organizations, invites colleges, universities and non-profits to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in such funds, which have a median annual return on investment of 32% according to Greening The Bottom Line, a report published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

National Wildlife Federation Announces Kids Photo Contest

October 18 – Ranger Rick magazine, published by National Wildlife Federation, has been delighting kids with amazing wildlife photography for over 40 years, and now kids have the opportunity to see their own cool nature photos in the magazine. Today, NWF is announcing its first ever Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” Photography contest for kids under 13 years old. The contest is free to enter, and the winner could have their photo featured on the Ranger Rick web site and in the magazine. Judges will select a winner every month and children do not need to subscribe to Ranger Rick to enter the contest.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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