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Green schools, green products, green jobs. But what does it mean? Today, being green means living a sustainable lifestyle and incorporating sustainability education in the classroom. Sustainability is more than recycling and composting. Sustainability education uses a wide lens to understand the big picture - the environment, economy, and society. From this perspective, your decisions and actions become more meaningful and the opportunities to be a change-maker stand out. 

GEF is here to put the right tools in your tool belt so that you can make a difference. Here, you can find activities for your home or class, free contests with great prizes, or local youth groups that share your interests.

Online Sustainability Courses

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Visit the GEF Institute, a division of GEF, to find online courses about sustainability. You can even earn a Certificate in Sustainability from the Institute!  Some of the courses are eligible for academic credit that can work toward your college degree and give you an edge in the new green economy.  Learn More!

Free Sustainability Programs for National Green Week

EcoChallengesIconGEF offers free programs to get your class, group or school excited about sustainability! Schools, classrooms and youth groups are encouraged to pick a theme for National Green Week to make a difference! All sustainability themed programs include free lessons, activities,  contests and more! 

Read more about National Green Week sustainability programs!


ContestIconJoin one of GEF's contests to win great prizes and share your hard work with the world!

Green in Action Award - ask your teacher to join National Green Week and submit your sustainability projects! 
Gardening Grant - win a $1,000 grant from Gardener's Supply company to keep your garden growing! 
Energy Spotlight School - schools in MA, RI and NY are eligible for assistance from GEF in making energy conservation a priority 

Greening Resources


Energy Saving Activities
- find out what you can do now to start conserving energy!
Start Composting- learn how to recycle your food waste to make a nutritious fertilizer! 
Start Recycling - set up a recycling program at your house or school to reduce waste!

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