Protect Wildlife on Campus

The National Wildlife Federation’s Higher Education Programs is a cornerstone of our mission to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. Working with students, staff and faculty at nearly all of the 4,100 colleges and universities across the U.S., the National Wildlife Federation’s campus team fosters appreciation and protection of wildlife in ways that advance student leadership, restore habitat and conserve natural resources on and beyond the campus, and prepare the next generation of wildlife and conservation professionals. Working with the nation’s leading land grant and natural resource schools, minority-serving institutions and professional societies, the National Wildlife Federation’s Higher Education programs is a pioneer in helping college and university leaders define the state of the art in what it means to be sustainable and wildlife-friendly.

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In addition to habitat loss and climate change, pollution, specifically plastic pollution, is rising as a critical threat to the world’s wildlife and to human health, with an estimated one million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals ingesting plastic each year. And 5.25 million plastic particles can be found in the ocean and the fish we eat from food and beverage containers, personal care products, etc. There are few solutions to this problem as important as engaging America’s higher education institutions on the dangers of plastics build-up, and how the problem can be addressed through the reduction of purchase and use in campus dining facilities, laboratories, academic buildings, and more.

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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