National Green Week, GEF’s flagship program, has adopted a new themed approach to motivate a broader range of education-driven sustainability campaigns around the world. This year, schools, classrooms and youth groups are encouraged to focus on one of GEF’s six sustainability themed programs during National Green Week, February 4 through the end of Earth Month (April). Choose any week during that time to be your Green Week!
Participants are encouraged to think big and tackle the sustainability theme they have a passion for and interest in. Each school can choose a single theme, or themes can be split up between different grades or classrooms. It’s up to you! With 6 themes to choose from, this new layout provides the opportunity for participants to continue to improve upon a single sustainability campaign year after year, or tackle a new challenge during future Green Weeks (and year-round!). Available sustainability themed programs include the Sustainable Water Challenge, Green Energy Challenge, Green Thumb Challenge, I Ride Green, Green Building Program, and the Waste Reduction Challenge. Each of these programs includes free lessons, activities, recommended reading, and more!
Furthermore, by participating in any of GEF’s sustainability themed programs as part of National Green Week, groups are eligible to apply for a Green in Action award! These coveted awards highlight the amazing work being done by schools, groups and classrooms across the country and world. To apply, simply submit an application and supporting documentation (pictures, videos, poems, or artwork) of your sustainability campaign. The winners will receive $250 for their class, news coverage and a spotlight on GEF’s website.
Join National Green Week today by signing up for free on GEF’s website! In your member profile, simply indicate the sustainability themes you’re interested in. As a member, you’ll receive a monthly newsletter that includes member-only contests and giveaways, member discounts on online courses, program updates, and lots of sustainability tips and facts!