“An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
(pulled directly from the Eco-Schools website)
Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, NWF's Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum; truly providing students with a unique, research and application based learing experience.
Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum.
GREEN SCHOOLS ALLIANCE
(pulled directly from the Green Schools Alliance website)
Green Schools Alliance redefines how schools approach sustainability education and action, by creating and offering tools and programs to make it easier for schools to do more. Originally developed as a network created by schools for schools, the Alliance has evolved to provide integrated and organized support to students, school professionals, schools, and districts to foster sustainability work.
OASIS - (Organizing Action for Sustainability in Schools)
(Pulled directly from OASIS website)
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools), created in 2007, is a non-profit consortium of 19 Central Jersey area schools who come together to focus on sustainability: to educate ourselves, to share ideas from our own schools, to learn from the experiences of our colleagues, and to share and create resources. Our goal is to help all the area schools become more sustainable. The only criteria for admission to the group is an interest in sustainability and a willingness to work for it; no prior knowledge is required. Our goal is to bring these discussions back into our own schools in an attempt to educate, inspire, and encourage others to participate in sustainability efforts in the areas of curriculum, organizational behavior, and facilities. We recognize that we are all working on similar issues and can help each other move the process along faster through cooperation and support.
Each school supports the organization by 1) designating a coordinator whose work is to attend the meeting, publicize the group’s work and the meeting dates within the school to faculty, staff, and administrators; 2) hosting the meeting at your school once every year or two. Any number of faculty or staff from a participating school may attend.OASIS Allies is the group of parents, Board members and Trustees, who come to OASIS meetings to share in bringing this important work back to our schools.