Student-led sustainability initiatives in school foster leadership, support integrated curriculum and improve the health of occupants in school. During this session, college-level students who are part of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)’s EcoLeaders Initiative will share best practices for designing, implementing and measuring the impact of projects that support a more sustainable school community and support learning and career preparedness. The EcoLeaders will present projects they have developed on their college campuses and how the projects could be replicated in middle and high school settings; and they will also suggest steps that students can take in secondary settings to better prepare for leadership opportunities in post-secondary. 

This session is taking place as part of the annual conference of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network; a network of campuses, faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, community members, non-profits and government agencies dedicated to advancing campus sustainability in Georgia.

The National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders Initiative is a career development and leadership credential program that seeks to bring national attention and honors to the work students and young professionals are doing surrounding sustainability, conservation and environmentalism.

Key Questions

What factors help students determine which sustainability projects to pursue?

What did the panelists do in high school to prepare them for the work they have done in college?

How do sustainability projects set students up for success in college and help them toward their career?

How have the skills the panelists acquired through sustainability projects helped in their academic work?

Expected Outcomes

Students will understand the variety of sustainability projects that have been successfully implemented at schools across the country.

Students will gain useful information about how to integrate such projects into their academic studies.

Students will hear how to leverage leadership skills such as project planning, budgeting, public speaking, flexibility, accountability, optimism, motivation and humility into project goals and outcomes.

Students will learn what steps they can take now to develop a personal portfolio of sustainability-oriented action that will extend into their post-secondary activities.


Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 09/23/2016 11:50 AM   Eastern Time




Suzanne Haerther USGBC - Georgia


Amanda Driver MONACHE HIGH


Dawn Ramirez LITTLE ELM H S


Suzanne Haerther
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Grade 6 To 8   Grade 9 To 12  
Career Clusters
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources  
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Leadership for sustainable impact: gearing up to green your school and campus
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