Career Tech/Votech Students Need Sustainability Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools helps our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. Some 14 million students are enrolled in CTE – encompassing every state, with programs in nearly 1,300 public high schools and 1,700 two-year-colleges (read more in the National Center for Education Statistics.) Today, global competitiveness means efficient technology, green construction, and green design engineering, to name only a few.

To help the next generation of leaders get a leg up in this burgeoning global opportunity around sustainability and green jobs, GEF Institute is offering a Sustainability Certification. Comprised of a 15 hour, self-paced online course and a 100 question certification test, students will be equipped with a strong foundational knowledge of sustainability, the science and technology of promoting sustainability, and the balance between environmental, social, and economic concerns. The materials provide students with a thorough introduction to sustainability topics such as ecosystems, energy and water challenges, life-cycle analysis, new technology, and climate change science. They’ll participate in hands-on activities and discussion forums, and be engaged by videos and rich text and imagery.

Through this opportunity, it’s hoped that students will become knowledgeable and engaged citizens who are involved in sustainability initiatives at their schools and communities. Once in the workforce, these important principles will forge a generation of champions for sustainability in their daily lives, including at the workplace.

For more information about GEF Institute’s CTE Sustainability Certification visit

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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