The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, doing business as the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and its program, My Earth Changing Moments (MECM), are committed to protecting the privacy of our website visitors. Please read this policy to understand what personal information we collect, why we collect it, and how we use the information we collect.

We track our visitors’ activities to make sure we are providing the best path and access to information. In the form of “cookies” we track the number of recurring visits to our site to minimize the repetition of information that we have already made available to you. This data does not include personal information about you, your school or your company.

Information Collection and Use

NEEF and MECM collect personally identifiable information in the following ways:

  • NEEF and MECM collect personal information when you submit your MECM entry.
  • When you send us an email inquiry.

  • When you indicate your interest in supporting or volunteering for NEEF or MECM.

  • You provide personal information (name, address, email address, telephone number, and payment information) when you click on the link to PayPal to make an online donation to NEEF or My Earth Changing Moments. This database is maintained by PayPal, but NEEF has access to information in connection with your donation.

  • When you submit a photograph or video.

  • When you complete an entry form for one of our contests.


  • When you share your MECM via email.

We may on some occasions use information we collect to inform you of upcoming publications or other marketing material that would serve your interest. We do not sell or share this information with unaffiliated individuals or organizations for any purpose, including marketing or promotional purposes. In the event a NEEF or MECM sponsor or partner wishes to use images or stories you have submitted to NEEF or ECM in their cause related marketing, we will provide you with notice of such intended use.

Links to Other Sites

Our site contains external links to other organizations and websites, and we do not control the use of data collection on external websites. We encourage you to read their policy statements and terms of use. This policy statement governs only this site and other sites of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation operating as NEEF.


NEEF makes every effort to protect your information, including:

  • Physical safekeeping:  As a secure facility, our offices are restricted to employees and authorized visitors only. All computers are password-protected.
  • Electronic safekeeping:  We use a perimeter firewall that is configured to let only necessary traffic through. All information is transmitted using encryption to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information that we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. All computers are patched regularly and have up to date antivirus software. Files and folders on the server are protected by Microsoft NTFS file permissions. Full backups are preformed nightly to tape and at least one tape is taken offsite to a secure location.
  • Administrative safekeeping:  All website visitors’ information is restricted to the NEEF offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific function (e.g. processing a donor receipt) are granted access to files and folders on the server containing personally identifiable information. All employees are educated about NEEF’s high expectations for ethical standards, policies and practices committed to the protection of user information. Training and review of these policies takes place periodically.

Whenever NEEF permits an external third party to access personally-identifiable information, appropriate procedures are followed to help ensure that the information is used only for authorized purposes and by authorized persons in a manner consistent with the choices NEEF website visitors have made, and that the security, integrity and privacy of the information is maintained.  Please refer to the following privacy policies for further information on how information is handled through third parties used by NEEF:

Although NEEF takes all measures—physical, electronic and administrative—to prevent unauthorized access to and maintain the accuracy of your data and information, no information transferred over the Internet is 100% secure. NEEF cannot guarantee the total security of information transmitted to us.

Children’s Privacy

NEEF and MECM are committed to protecting the privacy of children. For that reason, we do not maintain personally identifiable information at our website from those we actually know are under 13 and we request releases from parents or guardians prior to the use of images including those we actually know are under 18.

By visiting our website you understand our privacy statement and limitations.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please contact NEEF by email at [email protected] or by mail: NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 160 Washington, DC 20008 or by phone (202) 833-2933 or fax (202) 261-6464.

Your use of this site is also governed by our Terms of Use Statement, so please read that as well.

About the Project

My Earth Changing Moments lets you share your ‘aha moment’ about the environment with others and expand our national conversation on the environment. 
We want to know how an experience or set of experiences taught you about the environment you live in, changed your perspective or inspired you to do something differently for the environment.
Was it a class, maybe a parent or teacher’s inspiration, a show, your job...?

Tell it any way you like – video, essay, photo, collage, etc...  Just suggest a headline and provide some description of your Earth Changing Moment.

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