GSA's mission is to connect and empower schools worldwide to lead the transformation to global sustainability.
Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global Peer-to-Peer Network of preK to grade 12 schools represented by sustainability coordinators, faculty, staff and students working together to solve climate and conservation challenges. Since 2007, the Alliance has grown to include more than 4,000 schools in 43+ U.S. states and 40+ countries - by word of mouth.
The GSA believes that schools are transformational hubs that build community resilience and prepare the next generation of innovators. Alliance schools collaborate locally and virtually to share and implement sustainable best practices, and promote connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them. GSA does this by: creating forums; exchanging resources; offering original programs and experiential STEAM learning opportunities developed by Member Schools that integrate education and action; and by connecting youth to nature.
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GSA envisions an equitable, healthy, abundant, safe and resilient, ecologically diverse world, connected through a global network of schools as transformational hubs of their communities. In this vision, schools collaborate across generational, geo-political and socio-economic boundaries to achieve a sustainable future that respects and protects all living things and wild places without depleting the resources on which they depend.
How GSA is Growing the Peer-to-Peer Green School Movement
GSA Member Schools and the Peer-to-Peer relationships within the GSA network are its heart. GSA helps schools to set and meet climate and sustainability goals and raise environmental awareness in their communities. By connecting and empowering schools as points of light and action, GSA is growing the sustainability movement in communities worldwide.
How GSA is helping to Reduce Our Aggregated Footprint
GSA supports school communities worldwide to reduce their environmental footprint and measure progress. You cannot reduce what you do not measure. By signing the GSA Climate Commitment, schools set and meet goals, and track results. By sharing best practices, they create a ripple effect, demonstrating that similar solutions are not only possible, but desirable. The GSA website enables schools to share their progress with schools worldwide.
How GSA is Integrating Education & Action
GSA’s Crowd-sourced Wiki: A priority of the GSA is to facilitate sharing of experience and best practices. A unique repository of programs, case studies, and curriculum provided by member schools that provide pathways to reduce our footprint, the website interlinks through individual School Profile Pages that enables all schools to quickly and easily find helpful resources, tools, templates and collaborative partners. GSA Publications, including The Green Journal, a collection of essays written and edited by school members, and Forums such as Ask The Experts, offer Peer support to schools to develop and implement sustainability strategies.
Green Cup Challenge™: GCC has already reached thousands of schools, making saving energy into a fun community effort that creates “buy in” on campus—from the students to the facilities manager—because of the near real-time feedback. This friendly competition between schools produces quantifiable [energy, water and waste] reductions and financial savings, and increases momentum to expand school greening efforts. A large percentage of energy saved and concomitant CO2 emissions reductions and cost-savings resulting from GCC efforts are permanent. Green Cup Challenge 4-year CO2 emissions reductions equal more than 4 million pounds.
GSAx Community Events: GSA member school hosted events range from 20-person Workshops to 1,000+ person Resource Fairs (the scale is determined by the host). Designed to connect and empower, GSAx events unite the community by bringing together stakeholders with resources including NGOs and green businesses.
How GSA is Connecting Youth To Nature
“As soon as I heard what the Sc3 was, I wanted to be there. I’ve stared at environmental questions for 45 years. I want to be of whatever help I can to the younger generations, to give them hope that they can make the world better. I want them to know that I care deeply about them and that an older generation is arm in arm with them, no matter how dark it gets.” -- Barry Lopez
The Student Climate & Conservation Corps engages students worldwide to take action along the four GSA Sustainability Tracks: grow the Movement; Reduce Your Footprint; Educate the greatest Number; and Connect To narure. The Sc3 Congress has graduated more than 500 students who are working in their schools and communities to help to create a sustainable future.