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Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Green Education Foundation develops sustainability education with the goal of challenging people to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.
Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a national non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF aims to identify key factors and impediments influencing sustainability education, evaluate existing approaches, and develop effective educational materials and programs to promote behavior change towards sustainable practices. GEF offers free programs that provide curricula and hands-on activities to inspire K-12 students and teachers to think holistically about global sustainability concerns and solutions.
Today, GEF’s community of over 9,200 members represents more than 5 million students who, through GEF’s National Green Week programs, learn the principles of waste reduction, energy and water conservation, green energy, and sustainable building. In addition, GEF works to empower the teachers who guide K-12 students, helping them understand and integrate principles of sustainability into their curricula. GEF offers educators the tools they need to enhance their sustainability knowledge, incorporate sustainability into education subjects/standards, and collaborate with sustainability-focused faculty nationwide.
GEF's flagship program, National Green Week, is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first week in February and the end of Earth Month (April). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups select from GEF's sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme.’ Each theme provides standards- based lessons, activities, recommended reading, sustainability tips, contests, and more!