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GSA is an international coalition of sustainable schools

Providing tools for managing change, Green Schools Alliance (GSA) is an international organization of sustainable schools that fosters collaboration among its members to help them set and meet individual and collective sustainability goals. Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global peer-to-peer network of pre-K-12 schools represented by school decision makers (including sustainability coordinators, students, principals and heads, faculty, facility managers, business officers and other administrators and staff) who work together to solve climate and conservation challenges.

Since 2007, the GSA has grown organically, with more than 8,500 public and private schools across the U.S. and in 53 countries representing over 5 million students and almost a billion square feet of buildings. Members range from small rural schools in India to the largest school districts in the U.S., as well as many other international day and boarding schools.

The GSA is a catalyst for school communities to become global leaders in their own community, better stewards of the Earth, learn from one another, and put their passion into action. GSA brings to scale programs that empower schools to set sustainability goals, take action, and track and share progress. We use our collective power to transform markets, policy, education and behavior.

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We envision a world where every person is aware of and accountable for the impact they have in creating an environmentally, economically and equitably sustainable future.  As hubs of their communities, schools take a leadership role to reduce climate and ecological impacts, connect people to nature and place, and educate and empower the next generation.


To connect and empower schools worldwide to lead the transformation to a sustainable future.


“When the New York City Department of Education wanted to adopt an ambitious sustainability agenda, we needed to make a strong public statement about the importance of climate stewardship. Joining the Green Schools Alliance showed clearly that New York City schools were committed at the highest level to facing our environmental challenges. The fact that GSA was created by schools and for schools made it the logical partner for recognizing our unique position as educators in this effort. As the first public school system to join the GSA, I am so excited to consider our colleagues joining us in a collective force for positive change.”  John Shea, CEO, NYC Division of School Facilities


For more information, please contact:  info@greenschoolsalliance.org

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