Developing Citizenship as an Eco-School

Citizenship is one of our 6 C’s, the 21st-century skills students need to succeed in the world of tomorrow. It’s about making students globally aware, and developing within them the concept of “agency.”

At FAA, we prioritize education for sustainability to equip our students with the power to drive change. Through sustainable projects, we engage students in fun, action-oriented, and socially responsible learning that focuses on embedding transformative thinking into everyday life and communities.

Our Eco-school initiatives include 17 Un Goals, The Eco-delegates, Carbone 0, Gardening and Nutrition, Photo ODD, Ma Petite Planete, Les Foulees Olympiques and Ecoschool label.

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17 UN Goals

Building a sustainable future together

The 17 UN Goals for Sustainable Development are part of our daily life at the French American Academy. Our students, teachers, staff, and parents are actively involved in these 17 interlinked goals designed to be a “blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.”

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The Eco-delegates / Les Éco-délégués

Student-led Eco-delegate group that actively engages students & community

Our eco-delegates are students from fourth to eighth grades who create and plan environmental initiatives for our school. Students serving as eco-delegates not only take proactive steps to protect the environment, but they also have the opportunity to teach and model good behaviors for their classmates, sharpening their leadership and communication skills. 

sustainability in a private school. Eco-delegates at the French American Academy
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Recycling Actions

Empowering students to promote sustainability and protect the planet

Our students and community have firmly committed to promoting sustainability and reducing waste through a recycling program. We collect and recycle materials such as paper, plastics, and aluminum. Along with clean-up efforts, our students have actively taken steps to reduce their environmental impact. We also aim to educate and raise awareness within our community on ways to reduce their environmental impact.

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ADN Carbone 0

AEFE project to raise awareness, educate, and launch actions around sustainable development

The aim of ADN Carbone 0 is to unite teachers and 4th and/or 5th-grade classes (ADN Carbone 0 Junior) from schools in the French educational network abroad to develop and build together a common educational project. 

There are 3 phases of the partnership

  • Connect to know each other and share our cultures
  • Sharing our projects related to Sustainable Development
  • Take action during the 0 Carbon DNA week ((May 15-May 21)

During the final semester, our students engage in eco-friendly actions related to reducing and increasing awareness of carbon emissions caused by digital communications. As part of this initiative, our students engage in small debates based on a chosen quote from around the world. This year, our 4th and 5th-grade students from both schools have partnered with the French Lycée of Mexico through the ADN Carbone 0 Junior project.

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Sustainability in private school. Jersey City Brunswick Community Garden

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Gardening and Nutrition

We engage students in science and sustainability through a community garden

We have a plot in the nearby Brunswick community garden in Jersey City, and a large field at the Englewood Campus

Preschoolers to middle schoolers visit the garden to experiment nature and gardening and study topics such as plant growth, insect life cycles, and the critical role pollinators like bees play in our ecosystem. Through these hands-on activities, our students can make connections between science, language, and sustainable development. By engaging with the natural world meaningfully, students develop a deeper appreciation for protecting our planet and its resources for future generations.

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Photo ODD

Promoting sustainability through photography

We are promoting sustainability through photo ODD competition illustrating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through photography. This initiative provides an opportunity for students to think critically about how we might visualize each goal within a single picture while promoting awareness of the SDGs. Staff and parents are also welcomed to participate in competition. 

sustainability in private school. Photo ODD Contest at the French American Academy
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Ma Petite Planete

Small Actions Can Make a Big Difference

My Little Planet challenge, encourages our students of all ages to take part in eco-friendly actions, such as recycling, walking or biking to school, reusing materials, enjoying nature. While the students’ deeds are each small and manageable, they are linked to much greater goals for the planet. All actions are linked to the 17 UN goals. The challenges are adapted student’s ages, with older students being challenged to make more responsible choices for themselves. The challenge demonstrates that even small actions taken by students can make a significant difference in achieving a better and healthier planet.

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Ecoschool label

Recognition of our school’s commitment to sustainable development

The Eco-School Label focuses on sustainable development and sustainability in private schools. It includes involving students in the process, improving the school’s material aspects and human relations, connecting with the local community, and working with local partners.

The EFE3D label, specific to the AEFE network, was created to recognize schools committed to sustainable development. The label indicates the level of progress made by the schools. In June 2022, our school received level 1 (commitment) certification.

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The French American Students Raising Funds

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Les Foulées Olympiques

Empowering students to promote sustainability, health, and social responsibility.

Every year, the FAA hosts “The Foulées Olympiques,” an event where students raise money for a charitable foundation. For instance, in 2022, the students raised funds for the Georgie Badiel Foundation to provide clean water to a Burkina Faso village by constructing wells. Furthermore, the Foulées Olympiques promotes physical fitness and mental resilience while motivating students to make a positive impact through their actions, all of which are integral to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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