GEF Institute’s mission is to provide quality, online sustainability education and training to schools and businesses to help create a more sustainable future. To further this mission, we have announced our FREE Sustainability Partner Program! Sustainability Partners are those K-12 and higher education institutions interested in providing their stakeholders with an opportunity to integrate sustainability in context with existing curriculum, career interests, or academic area. The partner program also provides the backbone for ongoing training and education for those interested in advancing existing sustainability initiatives or starting a new program on campus or in schools.
The program is currently free and provides access to unit one of GEF Institute’s flagship course, “Sustainability Concepts.” This 1.5 hour unit, called “Introduction to Sustainability: Its Purposes, Challenges, and Requirements,” discusses the ways in which we can create a society and economy that is aligned with the ecological systems of Planet Earth. This unit makes up one-third of the requirements to earn our Sustainability Trainee Certificate, encouraging and motivating participants toward sustainability literacy with small steps.
Partners also receive access to one video course from the Institute’s Sustainability Steward video course series. These multi-media courses are comprised of a short video (typically 2-4 minutes), 2-3 paragraphs of follow up text, a three question quiz, and a take home action. Each fun and engaging video course can be used as stand-alone education for adults or as homework assigned to students. A new video course will be made available at no cost to partners each quarter. Lastly, partners will receive a 15 percent discount on any GEF Institute purchase! This includes online courses, the Sustainability Steward Series, certificate programs, and more!
As a Sustainability Partner, schools and universities agree to share the Institute’s opportunities and mission with their network of educators and administrators. Using the Institute’s digital marketing toolkit, partners will provide links to discounted education on their website, share the importance of sustainability education through social media, and make their stakeholders aware of the opportunities available through GEF Institute.