Warming-Waste-Water-Watts-Wildlife (W5)

Thanks to the support of Alcoa Foundation, Eco-Schools programme has launched a global K-12 environmental literacy initiative focused on Green STEM. The project will educate children about environmental issues through science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

Through this project, twenty thousand students will be given opportunities to assess, design, and build innovative solutions to environmental challenges.


The pilot project is implemented in:

  • Australia
  • Norway
  • The United States

Green STEM utilises project-based learning to provide students with authentic, real-life environmental and sustainability issues to tackle while emphasising 21st century skills development like critical thinking, problem solving, cooperation, communication and teamwork. And it does this within the context of the students’ own communities, making the experience more relevant, inspiring, and engaging. 

FEE’s internationally acclaimed Eco-Schools programme provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum and provides a model for environmentally sound practices, enhancing science and academic achievement.


Warming (which includes climate change education, reducing carbon emissions, renewable energy);



Waste (which includes recycling, reduction, reuse, litter, and more);



Water (which includes fresh water consumption, watershed education, stream restoration, and more);



Watts (which addresses the energy usage and energy sources of the school).

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Wildlife (which includes biodiversity audits, identifying and monitoring species, and more).


The overarching goals of the Alcoa W5 project are:

  • Improve student and faculty environmental literacy;

  • Reduce the environmental impact and use of natural resources of the school;

  • Improve student engagement in hands-on, experiential Green STEM disciplines through the project-based learning afforded by the Eco-Schools’ framework;

  • Increase teacher knowledge of how to incorporate Green STEM and the environment into their curricula and lesson plans;

  • Provide opportunities for Alcoa employees and community members to engage with schools in action-oriented events.