What’s Next for ecoAmerica

Association of Zoos Aquariums This month marks two important milestones for ecoAmerica relating to
our first generation of higher education programs.  Looking forward,
we're just as excited about the new programs that are
following in their footsteps.

On July
1st, we handed off fiscal management of the American College &
University Presidents' Climate Commitment

to our partners at Second Nature who are managing the program on behalf
of the 645 signatories (educating about 35% of all American
undergraduates).  Tony Cortese at Second Nature is an inspiring leader
of the sustainability movement in higher education, and we've been
grateful for the chance to work with him, his amazing team, and with
Judy Walton & Julian Dautremont-Smith and the great folks at AASHE
in developing the ACUPCC.  This month also marks the announcement of
the second edition of the Green College Ratings by the Princeton
Review, and the fact that the number of schools participating in the
survey increased by 30% (697 vs. 534
last year) is a strong measure of the traction that sustainability now
has in the higher education sector.  

As proud as we are about our first generation of programs, we're just as excited about what's to come.

  • In
    May, we launched the Nature Rocks program, a national program to
    inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature in
    partnership with the Children & Nature Network, The Nature
    Conservancy, REI and the American Camp Association.  It's gotten a
    great reception in the media, from bloggers and from families across
    the country.
  • We just signed a MOU with the Association of Zoos
    and Aquariums to enlist America's zoos and aquariums as leaders in the
    climate solutions movement, engaging their 175 million annual visitors.
     This will launch in early 2010.
  • This fall, we're launching a
    Community College Sustainable Economy Resource Center to make green
    jobs accessible to millions more Americans.
  • Building on a pilot
    program we launched with Cleantech for Obama around the King Day of
    Service last January, we're incubating a program to ReCharge America,
    enlisting Americans to help their neighbors reduce their home's energy
    use, strengthening our communities, our economy and our country.

If
you're interested in reading more about these new programs, download our most recent program update.  We're always
looking for partners and support – send me an email if you'd
like to talk.

– Lee Bodner, Executive Director

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