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Academy for Global Citizenship: Sustainable Schools Handbook

We offer our School Sustainability Handbook here as a roadmap for implementing a range of operational and academic environmental initiatives for your learning community. Whether you are just beginning to consider "going green" or are well on the path to sustainability, this handbook offers real, tangible ways to move forward.

Climate Cycle

Grants for Green Schools


Eco-Schools provides you with the framework to make positive, lasting change in your school community. And it can be directly integrated into your existing curriculum, so you still meet the educational standards you need to teach, all without taking extra time out of the school day. The Seven Step Framework is your road map for implementing the Eco-Schools program, with students playing a primary role at every step. By following the steps, students think creatively and critically about environmental and sustainability challenges at their school and develop place-based solutions. As students implement their plans, progress is measured, helping them gain recognition with school-wide awards.

Education for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is an educational approach that aims to develop students, schools and communities with the values and the motivation to take action for sustainability – in their personal lives, within their community and also at a global scale, now and in the future. Education for Sustainability (EfS) aims to build awareness and knowledge of sustainability issues but also to develop students and schools that are able to think critically, innovate and provide solutions towards more sustainable patterns of living.

Energy grants for schools

Green Classrooms Professional Certificate

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC proudly presents the Green Classroom Professional (GCP) certificate program. The GCP certificate program provides pre K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

Green Ribbon Schools

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ.

Green Schools Alliance

Our mission is to connect and empower schools worldwide to lead the transformation to a sustainable future.

Green Team Superheros

This award winning program develops lifelong leaders in sustainability through a student led, real-world, project-based program. Using the Eco-Schools USA Pathways to Sustainable Development as the foundation, each Green Team Superhero is assigned a classroom in their school to lead and monitor while conducting sustainability audits, delivering presentations, and implementing school wide contests. Primarily for upper-elementary.

Higher Education Curriculur Toolkits - United States Green Building Council

The toolkits in this series provides higher education faculty curated access to resources and processes, organized to aid in teaching about and engaging students in the concepts of sustainability including: green building, LEED, and sustainable land design and development. The materials can be adapted and scaled to fit a variety of class topics, degree programs, and student learning levels.

Kids Gardening

Our mission is to create opportunities for kids to play, learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder.elementary school

LEED United States Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED, the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide.

Project Green Schools

Developing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, project-based learning and community service.


We’re a non-profit social business, building a movement of students and staff who mobilize institutional support for sustainability projects and initiatives in higher education. Information on 45 university campus sustainability initiatives

Solar My School - Australia

We are a free Council program helping schools go solar, with support from start to finish.

Solar Schoolhouse

Various teaching materials and project curriculum about solar in schools and homes

Solar Schools

Solar Schools makes it easy and exciting to teach students about energy efficiency. Use your school’s own energy data to bring this innovative educational program to life.

Solar Schools - Generation 180

Get step-by-step guidance on how to advocate for solar at your schools. The Solar Schools Campaign Toolkit will help you get started and harness your own power for change.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in fall 2014, we are a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.

Sustainable Schools Project

Educating for Sustainability is “learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet.” EFS helps teachers bridge grade levels and subject areas, curriculum and school operations, parent and community partnerships. Through SSP, a school develops its own meaningful, coherent approach to improve curriculum, community partnerships and campus ecology.

Sustainable Schools: A Program of Resources for a Sustainable Community

Sustainable Schools is a free supplemental education program that provides teachers with resources and staffing to get students outside and think critically about their impact. Education programs are creative, hands-on, and easy for teachers to incorporate. Our programs provide: up to 10 hours of free in-class support; interactive and comprehensive learning; Next Generation Science Standards; empowerment for students to take responsibility.

The Center for Green Schools

Green schools strive to achieve success in three pillars. Over 60 organizations in the United States and abroad use these pillars to describe their work on green schools, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program.

The Green Schools National Network

Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with educators, government and non-governmental organizations and agencies, and private partners to create broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States. Founded in 2008 by principals, superintendents, and teachers, GSNN is devoted to accelerating student achievement through the implementation of green, healthy, and sustainable practices as outlined in our GreenPrint® for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Schools.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR. Through its strong association with the United Nations, HESI provides a unique space for higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy making across the UN.

The Hummingbird Project

Our Sustainable Schools Initiative will educates students on basic ecological principles by incorporating local, holistically designed solutions. The school campus will become a ‘living laboratory’ for water, energy and waste management practices which benefits the school and educates the students. An environmental ambassadors program will be created to educate a sub-set of highly motivated students on holistic lifecycle analysis (AKA ‘cradle to grave’) and environmental footprint monitoring utilizing freely available resources.

The International Sustainable Campus Network

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is a non-profit association of globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching.

The National Wildlife Federation | Certified Wildlife Habitat®

Certify your Schoolyard to Show Your Commitment to Wildlife.