Classroom Based Courses
“I am highly appreciative of GEF's mission and diverse course offerings. I am confident that supplementing my knowledge with the Institute’s courses will truly help me to succeed as an effective sustainability educator in my community.”
~Shirley Bednarski, Sustainable Earth Education and Development (SEED);
GEF Institute Pilot Participant
“Green schools and environmental literacy complement the goals of providing a well-rounded education for the 21st century, of modernizing schools at reduced costs, and of accelerating learning.”
~ U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, 2012
"At Harvard’s extension school, enrollment in environmental courses has soared by more than 70 percent in two years. At U.C. Berkeley, enrollment in sustainable studies since 2006 has grown to more than 400 students per semester, from 55."
~ New York Times, 2009
Welcome to GEF Institute, where you can find robust sustainability education that meets your needs for credit bearing courses, classroom curriculum, and professional level certificates.
Partner with the Institute
As career opportunities in sustainability and other 'green' fields continue to grow, students are seeking quality information that can lend to their future successes. Give them what they want by offering courses in sustainability as part of their degree or certificate. "Students are really interested in sustainability and thinking about the environment in terms of a future career," says Stephanie Pfirman, president of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. "It used to be jobs versus environment. Now it's jobs and environment."
The only certificate in sustainability
Students, educators, and staff can set themselves apart by demonstrating expertise in, and commitment to, sustainability concepts with a Certificate in Sustainability Concepts from the Institute. The only certificate program in sustainability, each is comprised of online, on-demand education that provides big picture analysis and local application of important concepts to foster awareness and enthusiasm for sustainability.