School is generally considered the place where young people prepare for their futures. Many believe that it is society’s responsibility to instill students with the tools necessary to succeed in life regardless of what future they choose to live.
GEF offers lessons and activities well suited to assist students in acquiring valuable skills and experiences in order to market themselves successfully in the competitive global economy. GEF recognizes that the demand for green jobs is increasing rapidly. Preparing young people today for the transformation toward an ever greener economy will give them a great advantage, and will hopefully result in a more positive future for our planet’s sustainability.
Several studies have been conducted confirming the growth of green jobs the past few years and the continued growth fo years to come. Careers in green construction, solar power, and wind energy have rapidly increased, especially in the past three years. According to a past study by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Booz Allen Hamilton, the green construction industry would increase with more than 1 million workers between 2000 and 2008, and for 2009 to 2013 this figure would reach 3.3 million. Green jobs have clearly soared in the past few years, and the potential for growth continues today. As our economy is stabilizing and the green industry is rising, the workforce and opportunities are as well.
The shift to a green economy has vastly affected the job industry, along with a greater need for educated workers for these jobs. GEF Institute was established to meet the increasing global market demand for sustainability education and training. The Institute’s online courses in sustainability concepts are directed to K-12 school educators, high school and college students students, colleges and universities, and corporations. GEF Institute certificates in sustainability distinguish those with a comprehensive understanding of important sustainability topics, which can provide a substantial advantage when entering the green job market, starting a green team, or pursuing higher education.