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Welcome to the movement for a more sustainable future through education.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners, GEF is able to provide high quality sustainability programs, lessons, and contests to students, educators, and youth groups around the world.  Sustainability Education is gaining traction in local, national, and international arenas as it becomes increasingly linked to sustainable development. By incorporating sustainability principles in all facets of education, from elementary-level audits to hands-on skills training for career and technical education, students are equipped with a unique, holistic perspective useful in any discipline. 

Who We Are

GEF High Resolution Logo mediumGEF is a non-profit organization established in 2008 that focuses on developing and delivering sustainability education to students, educators, and adults globally. Visit our Newsroom to read the most recent press releases and media coverage.   You can also read more about GEF in the About Us section!

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Free Sustainability Programs

GEF offers free programs as part of National Green Week to get your students excited about sustainability! National Green Week takes place from the first week of February through the end EcoChallengesIconof Earth Month (April). Choose a day or week to be your green week and select a sustainability theme to focus on from the list below. Themes include contests, lessons, activities, and more!  

Waste Reduction Challenge - the largest waste reduction campaign in history! 
Green Energy Challenge - make small behavior changes to reduce your energy consumption!
Green Thumb Challenge - connect kids with nature through gardening!
I Ride Green - change the way you travel to be more sustainable!
Sustainable Water Challenge - teaching students about the importance of water and sharing conservation and waste reduction strategies. 
Green Building Program - educating students on the principles and strategies around green building

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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Download, share, and comment on hundreds of sustainability lessons in GEF's K-12 lesson clearinghouse! Find the right lesson, activity or audit for your students by searching by grade level and subject area. Access is unlimited and free to GEF members!

Online Professional Development

Visit GEF Institute's website to find online, sustainability-focused professional development courses. Earn a certificate or simply take a course for academic or professional development credits through the Institute's partnering university.

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Mahatma Gandhi