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What is Sustainability 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.

Welcome to your online home for sustainability education!

GEF has the curriculum, programs, and support you need to bring high-quality sustainability education to your classroom and community. Now, GEF has the resources to help you earn academic credit or CEUs while building your knowledge and skills around sustainability education.

Sustainability Education is more than being environmentally friendly. Sustainability Education takes a holistic approach to learning that incorporates environmental, economic, and social perspectives to frame children’s experiences in the classroom and community. Our goal is to help you integrate sustainability into your existing curricula by developing all levels of national standards based lessons to be used as supplements to individual lessons or as stand-alone, semester long, programs of study.

Certificates in Sustainability

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GEF Institute offers professional level certificates in sustainability concepts. Build a program that meets your needs, whether you want a basic introduction, K-12 teaching strategies or academic credit, you'll find what you need at GEF Institute.   Learn More!

Online and Classroom Based Sustainability Courses

You and your students are invited to learn more about the important concepts of sustainability and green building with application based courses from GEF Institute.  The Institute's online course platform takes the online educational experience to the next level.  Enjoy video narrations, assessments, discussion forums, and activities as you work through the basic concepts of sustainability.  High schools are encouraged to explore the Institute's Green Building curriculum, a fully scripted set of lessons that can be implemented through an online blended learning platform or as strictly classroom based education.  Learn More!

Free Sustainability Programs for National Green Week

EcoChallengesIconGEF offers free programs to get your students 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!

Free Stand Alone Sustainability Lessons


GEF's Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse contains a plethora of great lessons that can easily be integrated into existing curriculum. Search the database by grade level and subject area to find the perfect lesson or activity for your class! Learn More!

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