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4-4-12: GEF Institute’s Earth Month Facebook Contest Gives Away Online Sustainability Education

200 winners will receive enrollment in online course, Sustainability Concepts, a $500 value

April 4, 2012 – In honor of Earth Month, GEF Institute is hosting a Facebook contest in which 200 winners will receive free enrollment in their online course, Sustainability Concepts. The course is valued at $500 and is eligible for 1.5 CEUs or 1 undergraduate or graduate credit. To enter, Like GEF on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/greenedufoundation, and then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and state by April 30.

Sustainability Concepts is a 15 hour, online, self-paced course designed to equip students and adults with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability, the science and technology of promoting sustainability, and the balance between environmental, social, and economic concerns. The materials provide students with a thorough introduction to sustainability topics such as ecosystems, energy and water challenges, life-cycle analysis, and climate change science. The course incorporates hands-on audits, online modules, nationwide discussion forums, and dynamic instruction methods. Visit http://www.gefinstitute.org/index.php/online for more information about this and other sustainability courses.

GEF Institute also offers certifications to encourage and motivate individuals to take steps toward sustainability literacy and action. In this critical field of study, all levels of expertise must be acknowledged as an achievement, and then built upon. While working toward any level of certification, participants become engaged with important topics in sustainability through real world examples, interactive activities, and dynamic instruction. The goal of the certifications is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for success in the higher education or the workplace.

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About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

GEF is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.

Become a member for free to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities at www.greeneducationfoundation.org. Join the sustainability education conversation by following GEF on Twitter @greenedufdn and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenedufoundation.

About GEF Institute

GEF Institute, a division of GEF, is a virtual classroom established to meet increasing market demand for sustainability focused courses. The Institute builds on GEF's expertise by offering affordable courses in sustainability to educators, students at the high school and undergraduate level, employees and professionals. In addition to individual online courses, the Institute offers a professional certificate in sustainability concepts. All of the Institute's courses are available for professional development or academic credit.

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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