Case Study: Building Sustainable Communities through the U.S.-Taiwan Eco-Campus Partnership Program
This case study explores the U.S.-Taiwan Eco-Campus Partnership Program (EPP), which seeks to build a clean and healthy living environment to achieve the goal of sustainable communities. EPP’s main objectives include:
- Improve the collaboration between Taiwan and the U.S. in environmental education
- Promote the spirit of the Eco-Schools Program to elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Taiwan
- Encourage schools to participate in eco-campus certification
- Communicate philosophies and knowledge of energy conservation, carbon reduction, and environmental sustainability to local communities
EPP provides schools with a systematic tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing environmentally friendly actions and demonstrating community engagement. Working in cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (EPA Taiwan) commenced a trial operation of EPP in Taiwanese schools in 2011 and officially launched the program in 2014. EPP is based on the seven-step framework of the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) International Eco-Schools Program, and specifically NWF’s Eco-Schools USA Program. Students, teachers, and community members use the seven-step framework to address energy conservation, carbon reduction, and other sustainability issues in their communities, which enables Taiwanese schools to align with international sustainable development education standards more easily.