Download Free Green Building and Sustainable Energy Lessons from GEF Institute!

GEF Institute has announced the availability of their blended learning curriculum for high school and college classrooms and would like to offer a sample of the scripted lessons for free! Once you’ve used the lessons, tell us what you think!

Blended Learning Curriculum

The blended learning curriculum set combines online activities and videos with hands-on lessons for the classroom. The courses educate students on green building attributes and benefits, providing them with the educational resources necessary to understand, identify, and improve environmental inefficiencies within their own school building.

Key topics include sustainable sites, water and energy efficiency, and environmental quality as they relate to building construction, operation and maintenance. Read all about the topics and hands-on audits to learn more. Free lesson samples around sustainable energy and green building are available for download at

The curriculum’s capstone project (for those opting to choose multiple units to create a semester or year-long program of study) is a school-wide audit in which students make recommendations for effective changes necessary to upgrade interiors, energy and water systems, and site and landscapes to accommodate for green efficiencies. Students will be instructed to prioritize areas for enhanced efficiencies and recommend improvements based upon the greatest need/ROI. Students will research how and where to request funding (from government sources, etc.) to help offset costs of upgrades.

Each unit includes ready to use online materials and resources to help the educator integrate sustainability concepts into the classroom in a fun and engaging way. The following materials are included in each green building unit and can be accessed and printed by the teacher only:

  • digital textbook
  • 9-16 scripted lessons
  • audit overview
  • pacing guide
  • teacher manual
  • presentation slides
  • transparencies
  • handouts
  • capstone project (for those purchasing a semester or year-long green building curriculum)

Online content is available to both students and teachers. Participants must be logged into GEF Institute’s online Learning Management System, using any internet connection, to access these. They are intended to be completed at a self-pace, generally assigned as Homework.

The online content for students includes:

  • pre-assessment (5 questions)
  • reading sections (each unit is comprised of 9-16 sections; each section is 1-2 pages)
  • quiz (5 questions)
  • post-unit self-assessment (5 questions)
  • references
  • discussion forum
  • glossary

Each blended learning unit is roughly 30 hours, including time for homework. Multiple units can be combined to take advantage of discounted rates and to create a custom green building program of study. Purchased units are available for a one-year term with the option to renew at a discounted rate. To inquire about group or volume pricing options email

Please learn more about the Institute’s blended learning curriculum at With this fun and ready to use curriculum, we hope to educate a new generation on important sustainability and green building concepts that will propel them to success in the new green economy or higher education! Won’t you join us?

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability 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. 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. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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