In the programme’s third year, students from twenty-five schools are participating in hands-on actions around the themes of Waste, Water, Energy (Watts), Climate Change (Warming) and Biodiversity (Wildlife). Eco-Schools national teams of the National Wildlife Federation
in the USA, FEE Norway
in Norway, and Keep Australia Beautiful
in Australia provide teacher training, develop resources, and support Alcoa volunteer opportunities.
Daniel Schaffer, FEE CEO, said, “With Alcoa Foundation’s support through this project we have been able to provide a positive action-based approach that has resulted in incredible student achievements at the community level – from increasing schools’ handprint to addressing local government about recycling management on equal footing. This project provides experiences that empower young people with skills to be active citizens who can better address the most pressing issues of our time”.
The Alcoa W5
project has led to increased biodiversity on the school grounds, energy efficiency and energy-saving initiatives, improved waste management systems and increased engagement in school communities and local governments in sustainability initiatives. Impact assessment from the last cycle of the project in 2017-2018, highlights that there has been a 58% increase of participating teachers having a better understanding of Green STEM
by the end of the project cycle, which allows them to start or consistently incorporate Green STEM learning opportunities in the classroom – a remarkable achievement of the project. Learn more about the Alcoa W5 project at https://www.ecoschools.global/alcoaw5
“Eco-Schools allows students in multiple Alcoa communities around the world to learn about the important issues surrounding our environment through a unique STEM framework
,” said Alice Truscott, Senior Program Officer for Alcoa Foundation. “Alcoa Foundation truly believes the future of sustainability relies on the education of tomorrow’s leaders, and that is one of the many reasons why we invest in this important programme