The GSA started because ONE little boy wanted to celebrate Earth Day in his first grade class at Allen-Stevenson, and because ONE mother wanted to make EVERY day Earth Day for her son.

It started because ONE extraordinary astronaut, who hung upside down under the Earth on one toe fixing the Hubble said, “There are infinite complex life forms in this infinite universe, some survive and some don’t. I’m afraid we may not make it—what are YOU willing to give up?”

The GSA started with ONE school facility manager who thought that energy was the right way to challenge HIS community, and ONE Business manager who understood the financial implications on institutions and the need to support a collaborative effort. It started with ONE Headmaster who had the vision, understanding and determination to change his corner of the world.

The GSA started with ONE Music Director who began a Green Group, and ONE Science Director who joined him. It started with ONE student who pushed for renewable energy hoping it could make a difference, ONE parent searching for non-toxic cleaners and healthy food choices, ONE Trustee who thought a green roof was a great idea, and ONE more who caught the bug.

It started with ONE teacher and ONE child who began a community recycling drive and contacted PerScholas, an organization in the S. Bronx that collects and restores old computers and distributes them to those in need, and it started with ONE second grader who conspired with her best friend to make a recycling video.

The GSA started as an idea, a dream, then a possibility, and now because of every single ONE who has come with their story, their curiosity, interest or experience, who want to make a difference one small step at a time — it has become a reality. Well, we’re not taking small steps any longer. Coming together as one, to create a green school community, is ONE BIG LEAP! E Pluribus Unum: from the many ONE. WE are the Green Schools Alliance!

We understand that the education community can play a unique and vital role in shaping the future and we recognize the collective strength of individual action. We have an opportunity at this moment, to join our individual concern into collective action to protect our shared future.

The independent schools that first came together for the New York pilot, the boarding schools who first took part in the Green Cup Challenge, the public schools who first signed on as a whole school system, and the collective actions of every individual and school in every community, state and nation across the planet, reflect an unprecedented demonstration of human desire to become global leaders in our own communities and help share the future in a positive way.

Greening our schools is a commitment, not a competition. It’s not about winners, or losers, or who gets there first, or does it best. It’s about celebrating our successes, sharing our experiences and collaborating to build a community and learn together how to do it better. If there are winners and losers then we’re all losers, and we can’t afford to lose. Our future depends on it.

Green Schools Alliance (GSA) launch
The Allen-Stevenson School, October 11, 2007

 

Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. The founder, John Muir, appears on the back of the California quarter. People of every age and background embrace the Sierra Club's motto to "explore, enjoy and protect the planet." The Club works hard to include everyone in its mission.

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. National service helps your organization implement those projects or ideas that require special funding or assistance. Through programs and grants, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides human capital - people power - to help you address emerging needs in your community.

 

Blue Legacy is an initiative started in 2008 by Alexandra Cousteau to engage individuals around the world through telling the story of our water planet. Blue Legacy works to: to help shape society’s dialogue to include water as one of the defining issues of our century; to inspire people to take action on critical water issues in meaningful ways.
Blue Legacy is a catalyst for action and change—promoting ideas for innovative solutions that individuals and communities around the globe can implement to address the issues facing our water planet. We believe that for too long, activists have asked people to protect environmental treasures that most individuals have never experienced. Our projects leverage film, educational tools and traditional media along with emerging technologies and social networks to help “mainstream” audiences around the world experience the people, places and systems affected by critical water issues. We believe that every citizen of the world can be an environmentalist and are committed to shaping daily conversation to include critical water issues.

 

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, TNC has built a tremendous record of success since it's founding in 1951.

 

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provides knowledge to trusted professionals who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve everyday environmental problems. Together, we generate lasting positive change.

 

It's all about helping you get involved in creating a brighter, healthier future. It’s a dynamic and innovative Audubon program funded by Toyota that aims to provide inspiration, leadership and opportunities that inspire people everywhere to take action at home, in their communities and beyond to improve the health of our environment.

 

One of the largest youth development programs in the world with almost 6 million members. 4-H operates through the Cooperative Extension System with USDA and the Land-Grant Universities and Institutions. Since 1902, 4-H has empowered youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

 

For the last three decades, American Hiking Society has been at the forefront protecting the nation’s trails and the hiking experience. Our deep roots in outdoor recreation, advocacy, volunteering and experiencing nature through hiking bring me enormous pride and satisfaction. Hiking our nation’s trails offers Americans boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, renew themselves and establish a lifetime of fitness. American Hiking Society works toward ensuring that hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and for future generations as well. Join American Hiking Society. Be a trail volunteer. Protect and enjoy nature. Hike.

 

Welcome to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the non-partisan leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials. NALEO members represent all political parties, all levels of government, and diverse constituencies – from metropolitan cities to rural
communities.

 

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900’s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.

 

The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Its vision is to be a driving force behind a massive increase in active outdoor recreation in America.

 

The Corps Network is a proud advocate and representative of the nation's Service and Conservation Corps. Our number one goal is to sustain and grow the Corps movement.

The Corps Network's member Service and Conservation Corps operate in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Over 30,000 Corpsmembers, ages 16-25, annually mobilize approximately 227,000 community volunteers who in conjunction with Corpsmembers generate 21.3 million hours of service every year.

 

Celebrating 38 years of promoting excellence in environmental education! NAAEE is the professional association for environmental education. Our members promote professional excellence in nonformal organizations, K-12 classrooms, universities (both instructors and students), government agencies, and corporate settings throughout North America and in over 55 other countries. Since 1971, the Association has created opportunities for its members to improve their skills in creating and delivering programs and services that teach people how to think, not what to think.

 

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

 

The National Wildlife Federation works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature.

 

The BlueGreen Alliance is a national, strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.

 

SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Conservation begins here

Tens of thousands of green professionals, from park superintendents to urban planners, can trace their start to SCA. This is where college and high school students connect with nature, render hands-on service, gain new skills and perspectives, and launch a lifetime of stewardship.

 

Through a nationwide network of campuses, Job Corps offers a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs.