National Wildlife Federation


    Imagine a school building that can be used as a teaching tool. Or a campus with roof-top gardens, energy-saving lighting and a curriculum designed not only to help students learn, but to encourage them to be better stewards of the environment. 

    Through a partnership with The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under NWF's Eco-Schools USA program, HISD hopes to make this vision a vital part of the $1.89 billion 2012 bond that will replace or rebuild 40 schools across the city. 

    "We have developed an action plan for change," National Wildlife Federation Senior Education Manager Marya Fowler said. "Our program helps children reinforce science skills and helps create good leaders out of students."

    The partnership comes as the district begins the planning and design of the first group of schools in the 2012 bond program approved by voters last November. The NWF provides curriculum teaching the importance of sustainable schools, and the USGBC provides professionals who conduct energy audits on each campus. 

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