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Sustainability Programs!

GreenWeekIconGEF's sustainability programs are all free and are designed to make it easy for you to incorporate sustainability education in your classroom! Each themed based program includes standards-based lessons, activities, recommended reading, contests  and more! Utilize all or some of a GEF sustainability program any time or schedule your sustainability initiatives around National Green Week.  

National Green Week challenges schools, classrooms and youth groups to spotlight sustainability for at least one week! GEF has made it simple, pick a sustainability theme and become a leader of your own sustainability initiative! Choose any week between the furist full week in February until the end of Earth month (April)  to be your 'Green Week!" Big or small, everyone is encouraged to do something  in support of sustainability during Green Week! Click to learn more about National Green Week!

green energy challenge

GreenEnergyIcon.10.12The Green Energy Challenge calls on schools across the nation to improve their energy efficiency through simple changes of behavior. This K-12 sustainability education program empowers children to take small steps that can have a big collective impact on our environment, our economy, and our societies.
Make Energy your Theme!

green thumb challenge

GreenThumbIconThe Green Thumb Challenge enlists schools and youth groups to gets kids gardening! GEF provides gardening tools and resources, as well as standards-based curriculum and activities to connect the garden with the classroom. 

Make Gardening your Theme!


GreenBuildingThe Green Building Program encourages participants to learn about green building strategies through standards-based curriculum, case studies, and other GEF resources. Students and teachers learn how buildings impact the environment and how changes in the construction and use can help conserve natural resources. 

Make Green Building your Theme!

Waste Reduction Challenge

Recycling IconJoin the waste reduction challenge to learn how your trash impacts our planet. Plus, find out how you can make a difference by reducing the waste you create everyday and how you can start recycling! 

Make Waste Reduction your Theme!


RideGreenIconI Ride Green invites participants to start easy-to-adopt green habits that can lead to lifelong healthy behaviors.  Participants are encouraged to share success stories and strategies, set up carpooling schedules, and more! 

Make Sustainable Transportation your Theme!


SWCicon noTEXTThe Sustainable Water Challenge invites students to learn about the importance of water, our planet's most valuable resource, and learn how to conserve water in their homes and schools. 

Make Water your Theme!