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There Are Many Ways to Make a Difference: 

Enter to win a Green in Action Award!

Part of National Green Week, these awards distinguish schools, classrooms and youth groups who have shared their sustainability projects with GEF. Tell us about your initiatives to win a coveted Green in Action award! Applications are due at the end of National Green Week, April 30.

Sign the Green Classroom Pledge

Ask your classroom to sign a pledge that they will take steps to have a more environmentally friendly and sustainable classroom. By submitting a copy of your pledge and a photo you can win big!

Use Green Week Lesson Sets

Infuse green building lessons into your existing curriculum with GEF's 5 day lesson sets for each grade level! You can also design your own lesson plan by exploring our Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse! 

Conduct an Audit!

What better way to understand how your school or home consume energy and water than by measuring it! With an audit, you can identify where the  most energy is being used and come up with strategies to reduce consumption. 

Explore Case Studies!

Find out what green schools and office buildings from around the world are doing to be more efficient and healthy. 

Learn About Green Building

Explore the basics of green building and the LEED Rating System and find the definitions for common terms related to green building concepts. Then, find out why it's so important for schools to be retrofitted or built as green buildings.  Plus, learn 11 things to green your school building! 

Teach Green Building

Check out GEF Institute's green building curriculum for high schools to customize your own green building program of study.