Global Green School Sustainability Programs

Our school programs are designed to educate and create a deep shift in personal values with regard to one’s relationship with the environment, as well as a more critical understanding of sustainability issues. School staff, the children, and their families are shown how they can practically and collectively help curb climate change so that we can improve the well-being of all people and of our planet.

Global Green is setting up partnership programs with schools where management and teachers are empowered and given the tools that they need to create learning experiences and environments that will foster a deep connection to nature, self-transcendent values, and sustainable behaviors that make a meaningful difference. All programs are based on the Earth Charter Principles, which provide a framework that encourages students to engage in economically, socially, and environmentally just, peaceful, and sustainable actions.

What is Behavioral Sustainability?

Behavioral Sustainability is a people-focused movement based on insights from behavioral psychology and cross-cultural perspectives. It is a more holistic way of looking at and tackling the biggest challenges we face today.

What’s sustainable for the environment is more sustainable for us and vice versa because our planet functions as a single ecosystem. And because the natural environment, our economy, and society do not exist separately. That’s why we need to look at issues more holistically.

The goal of the Behavioral Sustainability movement is to change people’s mindset and help them realize that they can make a positive difference in the world.

CHANGE Perspectives & Mindsets

  • How can we think and see the world differently?
  • How can we think about and approach challenges differently

EMPOWER through Knowledge & Awareness

  • How can we be a force for change?
  • How can we make a meaningful impact on our community and the world?

Behavioral Sustainability helps us understand:

Why sustainability matters to all of us ; The interconnectedness of issues ; Why we need to understand human psychology and behavior to solve issues ; How to effectively communicate with others and inspire change ; That every individual can make a difference if we act together

Why Global Green Schools?

Schools ought to be microcosms of the ideals that we would like to see in the world. In a world where the encouragement of pro-social and pro-environmental behaviors are some of our biggest concerns, our schools should provide environments where values and habits that we want to see mirrored in our communities and the world at large can be developed. It has become clear that the earlier a child is exposed to certain habits and ways of being, the more likely it is that these behaviors will continue into adulthood.

Global Green takes a multifaceted approach to help schools become models of sustainable systems:

This involves:

    1. Workshops with educators

    2. Development of education programs based on the curriculum

    3. Policy development

    4. Physical assessment and development of school systems including:

  • Energy reducing strategies
  • Water reducing strategies
  • Healthy buildings
  • Zero waste policies
  • Recycling programs
  • Carbon sequestration programs
  • Biodiversity programs