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2012 GEF Corporate Overview


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2012 GEF Corporate Overview

  1. 1. 2012 Corporate Overview © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Green Education Foundation (GEF) MissionGEF, a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. 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 © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Leading the New Sustainability Education MovementSustainability 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. © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  4. 4. GEF Community Demographics• Over 9,000 schools and in the GEF community today• Over 5 million kids• All 50 States• 55 percent elementary schools, 30 percent middle schools, and 15 percent high schools• Available to the over 55 million students and 3.8 million teachers in 125,000 plus K-12 schools throughout the U.S.• 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. © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  5. 5. GEF ProgramsNational Green Week• GEF’s flagship program mobilized five million students during National Green Week 2011• K-12 sustainability education campaign focuses on waste, energy and water reduction 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 © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  6. 6. GEF Programs 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 people • Students learn the importance of physical and emotional health and well-being through standards-based curriculum and activitiesGreen Building Program• Educate students and administrators on how to reduce energy and water usage, thereby lowering their schools’ operating costs• Improve indoor and outdoor environmental quality and to ultimately provide a healthier, more productive learning environment for school occupants Sustainable 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 © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF). All rights reserved.
  7. 7. National Green Week• GEF mobilizes millions of children annually to participate in waste reduction and sustainability education programs during National Green Week• The objective is to empower students to become environmental stewards within the context of their own lives• Schools can choose any week from Feb.6 until Earth Day, April 22, to participate in GEF curriculum or programs• Waste-Free Snacks encourages students to carry their drinks, snacks and home packed lunches in reusable containers for the week © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  8. 8. National Green Week LessonsFor each grade there is a week-long series of ReduceYour Trash lessons. Charts for data recording,worksheets for graphs, suggested teacher read aloudbooks, and a parent letter explaining the Waste-FreeSnack Challenge are provided. • Pre K-K: Recycling • Grade 1: Trees and Land Conservation • Grade 2: Litter • Grade 3: The 3 Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • Grade 4: Energy Reduction • Grade 5: Shopping Green • Middle School: Landfills © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Green Energy Challenge• The Green Energy Challenge introduces simple habits of energy efficiency and water conservation into classroom and home routines• In 2011, over one million students took on the role of energy auditors implementing eco-changes that resulted in thousands of dollars in energy cost savings, within just a few months © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Green Energy ChallengeThe Green Energy Challenge program includes:• Standards-based grade-specific turn-key lessons for teachers spanning numerous subjects including solar, electricity, conservation, wind, and biofuel• GEFs Green Classroom Pledge that features a checklist of behaviors to green classrooms• Green Energy Challenge hands-on audits and activities• Colorful reminder signs and posters to hang around the classroom and stickers featuring energy tips that students can color, cut out and use to decorate their binders © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Sustainable Water ChallengeThe Sustainable Water Challenge introducesimportant and complex topics around watersystems and conservation through lessons,activities, and more. Students learn that simplechanges in behavior can have a big impact. The program includes: • Standards-based, grade-specific lessons for K-12 • Home and school-based hands-on water audits • Video tutorials and water workshops • Green team projects and guidelines around water conservation © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  12. 12. GEF 2011 Measurable Results• 83% of the schools reported that the new recycling programs instituted during National Green Week ‘09 were still successfully deployed• 90% reported that they utilized the program as an opportunity to talk with their children about the environment• 84% of teachers reported that their students enjoyed their role as “green keepers” “We named our child the family recycle chairman. He is responsible for keeping our family green. He is in kindergarten and he loves it!” “This was the best event we have sponsored. Students that normally do not get involved in school activities participated.” “Seeing the children in charge of a huge project boosted their self-esteem.” © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  13. 13. 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 SE © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  14. 14. GEF InstituteGEF Institute was established to meet the increasing globalmarket demand for sustainability education and training.The Institute develops state-of-the art online courses insustainability concepts for use by K-12 schools, collegesand universities, corporations and individuals.The Institute’s robust Certification program currentlyoffers two distinct certificate levels to distinguish thosewith a proven comprehensive understanding of importantsustainability topics. Institute courses are eligible forcontinuing education, professional development, oracademic credit. © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Certifications in Sustainability Concepts• Provides teachers and high school students with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to incorporate sustainability into their current curricula and communities• Supports a global community of learning towards sustainability• Fosters a new generation of innovative teaching strategies and performance metrics across traditional disciplines © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
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  17. 17. 2011 Testimonials• "This has been a tremendously rich experience. I am impressed and happy with the resources you have provided." – Course Participant• "Great course! I learned a lot and was impressed with the quality of the information, expertise and resources, variety of content, the videos, etc. It was user friendly" – Course Participant• "This could well be the most engaging sustainability course I have taken (either online or face- to-face). Nicely presented, well organized and completely pertinent I found it very worthwhile." – Course Participant• "I loved the course. It enabled me to feel more confident about moving forward with sustainability at my school." Course Participant• "The videos are fabulous and just the right length. The questions and material are thought provoking and thus effective. I find this course so engrossing that I often do not see time fly by and suddenly I realize I have been working on it for 3 hours! I also had hesitations about on- line courses in general, but now I am sold." – Course Participant• "I think these units are terrific. I cant wait to incorporate these ideas into my already green classroom.” – Course Participant• "I have never seen a course on Moodle as nice as this." - Course Participant © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  18. 18. GEF Growth April 2011 Green Building Program GEF community Green Energy GEF Gains grows to Challenge June 2011 501(c)(3)GEF is founded, 2000 schools launches Launch Lesson Status,February 2008 by end of 2009 September 2010 Clearinghouse October 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 Sustainability Concepts nature! are empowered! Certification © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.
  19. 19. GEF Sponsors and Partners © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved. 2
  20. 20. Green Education Foundation (GEF)For more information, please visit: www.greeneducationfoundation.orgOr, contact:Leslie TaylorDirector, Partner Relationsltaylor@greeneducationfoundtaion.org508-668-2278Victoria WatersPresident & CEOGreen Education Foundationvwaters@greeneducationfoundation.org508-668-2278Molly HislopDirector, Programs and Marketingmhislop@greeneducationfoundation.org508-318-6618 © 2012 Green Education Foundation (GEF) All rights reserved.