MORRISTOWN, NJ - Unity Charter School was recognized by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for exceptional achievement in ‘greening’ physical structure and grounds, conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into curricula. It is the 3rd time the school is honored in New Jersey. The Green Flag, is Eco-Schools USA’s highest honor. Unity Charter School is only one of three schools to receive this national recognition three times.
The Eco-Schools USA program, which is based on the work of student-driven teams dedicated to issues like recycling and energy conservation using sample materials, background information and teacher advice provided by NWF, claims more than 4,300 American schools across 49 states so far.
“We at National Wildlife Federation and Eco-Schools USA are proud of the example set by Unity Charter School for New Jersey’s other schools, and the country at large,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Director of Eco-Schools USA. “This award demonstrates not only a commitment to sustainability and environmental literacy for students and faculty, but an appreciation that the best, most effective education transcends the classroom and offers a hands-on approach to learning”
To win the Green Flag, Unity Charter School’s students and faculty tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action team; auditing facility energy efficiency, waste disposal and other environmental impact areas; and instituting environmental-themed curricula. These steps led to a number of different projects all designed to raise environmental and natural awareness, cut waste, increase student engagement and save money for the school.
National Wildlife Federation was named the stateside host for the international Eco-Schools program in 2008. The original Eco-Schools (http://www.eco-schools.org/) program is an international network of 50,000 K-12 schools in 62 nations, started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was named by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. To learn more about Eco-Schools USA, visit www.eco-schoolsusa.org.
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