After much research, Green Education Foundation (GEF) has launched a new division, GEF Institute, to meet market demands for online courses and certification in sustainability. All of the Institute's 15 hour online courses are eligible for professional development or academic credit, which has been identified as a major value add component for students, educators and professionals. Over 70 percent of those surveyed indicated interest in a professional certification in sustainability concepts. In achieving a certification, students have demonstrated their credibility and commitment to sustainability, positioning themselves for advancement and new opportunities.
GEF Institute’s Sustainability Concepts Certification is designed to introduce participants to important topics in sustainability using real world examples, interactive activities, and dynamic instruction. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for success in the classroom, workplace, or higher education. Course topics required for certification are Introduction to Sustainability Concepts, Sustainable Water Systems, Sustainable Energy and Technology, Introduction to Green Building, and an independent study project. Two courses will be available online beginning April 1, and the Institute is offering early bird enrollment through March 20 for these spring offerings – Introduction to Sustainability Concepts and Sustainable Water Systems. To learn more or enroll visit, GEF Institute's website.
About GEF Institute
GEF Institute, a division of GEF, is a virtual classroom established to meet increasing market demand for sustainability focused courses. The Institute builds on GEF's expertise by offering affordable courses in sustainability to educators, students at the high school and undergraduate level, employees and professionals. In addition to individual online courses, the Institute offers a professional certificate in sustainability concepts. All of the Institute's courses are available for professional development or academic credit.
About Green Education Foundation (GEF)
GEF (greeneducationfoundation.org) is a non-profit organization 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.
Become a member for free to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities at GEF's website. Join the sustainability education conversation by following GEF on Twitter @greenedufdn and on Facebook.