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  • 1. 2012 OverviewCreating a Sustainable Future Through Education Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 2. GEF Mission GEF is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 studentsand teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 3. Leading the Sustainability Education MovementSustainability Education provideseducators with the real-worldapplied learning models thatconnect science, technology, andmath education with the broaderhuman concerns ofenvironmental, economic, andsocial systems. Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 4. Member Demographics and Outreach• Over 9,000 members• Over 5 million kids• All 50 States• Available to the over 55 million students and 3.8 million teachers in more than 125,000 K-12 schools throughout the U.S.Outreach• Schools are reached through teachers unions, administrator and principals’ organizations, national and local departments of energy, national and local departments of education, and like- minded non-profits• GEF devotes resources to connecting with schools in underserved communities through advocates like the office of environmental affairs in urban school districts, state and national associations of career and technical education, etc. Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 5. GEF’s National Green Week National Green Week is an annual program that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused projects or activities for at least one week between February and Earth Day (April 22). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups select from five GEF sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme.’ Each theme provides standards- based lessons, activities, Green Team projects, and more!Green Week Sustainability Themes include:Green Thumb Challenge • The largest youth gardening initiative connects new and existing garden programs nationwide • 5,000 school and youth group participants signed up for the pilot year—reaching over 771,000 kidsGreen Energy Challenge • Addresses the science of energy, non-renewable and renewable sources, and energy and water conservation strategies • Student projects include school and classroom energy and water audits Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 6. National Green Week Themes Cont.I Ride Green • Inspires families and individuals to develop lifelong habits for sustainable transportation that promote the health of the environment, the economy, and peopleGreen Building Program• Educate students and administrators on how to reduce energy and water usage, thereby lowering their schools’ operating costs• Understand the basic components and strategies around green buildingWaste Reduction Challenge• See the power of collective behavior by encouraging everyone to reduce their waste and recycle• Start a recycling program, conduct waste-free snack challenge or participate in fun lessons and activitiesSustainable Water Challenge• Discover the important role water plays in the survival of our planet and how our natural systems work together• Identify and implement conservation methods for the home and school building Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 7. 2012 Measureable Results• 89% of the survey respondents would recommend GEF’s programs and curriculum to peers• 87% of teachers responded that GEF’s programs were a valuable learning experience for their students and/or staff• 92% said they learned important environmental lessons “We are pleased to be apart of GEF and feel motivated and directed by great ideas in the newsletter. Thank you for all you are doing to inspire us and offer opportunities.” “Students are excited to do the right thing. I am always amazed at how interested they become when equipped with the knowledge and practices they can do.” “A school with more than 2000 students started separating their trash and making compost out of more than 80% of it.” “Getting out doors and being active is one of our focuses this year. Students were able to “Get Moving” having fun planting and caring for the garden.” Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 8. K-12 Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse• Largest online database of sustainability focused lessons for K-12 sorted by grade, subject, eco-area, keyword• Provides a virtual platform for teachers to upload and share K-12 sustainability education curricula• Educators across the nation rate, comment and provide feedback on curricula, with the goal of designing an online social network that promotes cross-school best practices in sustainability education Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 9. GEF InstituteGEF Institute is a division of GEF, launched in January2012, established to meet the increasing global market demand forsustainability education and training. The Institute develops state-of-the art online courses in sustainability concepts for use by K-12schools, colleges and universities, corporations and individuals. • Online Courses • Online Certificate Programs • Blended Learning Curriculum • K-12 Sustainability Blueprint • CTE Sustainability Certification Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 10. GEF Growth April 2011 Green Building Program GEF community Green Energy GEF Gains grows to Challenge June 2011 501(c)(3) GEF is 2000 schools launches Launch Lesson Status, Octobefounded, Februar by end of 2009 September 2010 Clearinghouse r 2008 y 2008 250,000 students uncover energy leaks GEF is First Inaugural Third Annualincorporated, National Green Thumb National GEF community reaches over April 2008 Green Week, Challenge Green Week 8000 schools by 12/2011 Spring 2009 Spring 2010 over February 2011 over 400,000 kids 770,000 kids over 5 MILLION Jan 2012 go green! connect with green stewards GEF Institute launched nature! are empowered! Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 11. GEF Sponsors and Partners Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org
  • 12. Contact Green Education Foundation www.GreenEducationFoundation.orgVictoria WatersPresident & CEOvwaters@greeneducationfoundation.org508-668-2278|Molly HislopDirector, Programs and Marketingmhislop@greeneducationfoundation.org508-318-6618 Copyright © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved. www.GreenEducationFoundation.org