QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GSA


Who can be a member of the Green Schools Alliance?
I thought the Alliance was only for institutional members?
How much does it cost to join the Alliance?
Does the Alliance also cover colleges and universities or is there an equivalent?
Can my Student Club join the Alliance?
How does my principal or superintendent make the leadership commitment?
I am leaving my school. What do I do with my collaboration group?
How do I become a GSA Connect blogger?
Does the Alliance have a yearly conference I can attend?
Does the Alliance put on professional development events?
Does the Alliance have leadership development programs for students?
Does the Alliance recommend "xyz" products?
I have a great product for your members. How can I make them aware of it (Solicitors/Vendors/Sponsors)?
Does the Alliance's website come in any other languages?
Does the Alliance provide financial support for schools or clubs?
 

Who can be a member of the Green Schools Alliance?  

Any individual person who is interested in creating healthier and sustainable K-12 schools is welcome to join the Alliance. Sustainability Coordinators, Students, Principals, Faculty, Facility Managers, Business Officers, Procurement Professionals, Administrators, School Staff, Parents, Volunteers, Non-profit Advocates, Conservationists, etc. are all welcome to join.
 
I thought the Alliance was only for institutional members?  

It used to be for schools or districts as institutional members. In 2017, the Alliance decided to restructure its membership to better support the individual champion who is creating change at their school or district. The school/district leadership commitment that used to be a prerequisite to membership has now been separated to better highlight the principals and superintendents taking the lead. 
 
How much does it cost to join the Alliance?  

Becoming a member of the Alliance is FREE to all.

Does the Alliance also cover colleges and universities or is there an equivalent?
 
We are an organization that focuses on K-12 school sustainability, but college-affiliated persons could become individual members of the Alliance if they choose to help K-12 sustainability champions. For college and universities seeking to make their campuses more sustainable, the equivalent organization is AASHE, the Association for the Advanced of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Can my Student Club join the Alliance?
 
The student club as an organization cannot "join" the Alliance, but the club can have a collaboration group in the community!  

How does my principal or superintendent make the leadership commitment?

Check out instructions and leadership commitment letter template here
 
I am leaving my school. What do I do with my collaboration group?

You can always remain an individual member of the Alliance, but make sure to update your email address for your personal account.
If you are an ADMINISTRATOR of the school's collaboration group, you need to give ADMINISTRATOR privileges to a new person. This new person has to be a member of the Alliance and the group, so invite them to become a member and to join your collaboration group. Then...
1. Go to your collaboration group and click on "Group Admin"
2. Click on the "Permissions" tab.
3. Under "Group Administrators", click the green "ADD" button.
4. Locate the member you wish to become a new ADMINISTRATOR. Click on their name and then click ADD. Their name should now show in the Group Administrators list. Check all the permission boxes so they can make changes to the group's page.
5. Click SAVE CHANGES at the bottom. You are done!

How do I become a GSA blogger?
 
Please read our Blogger Guidelines and follow the directions at the bottom of the page.

Does the Alliance have a yearly conference I can attend?
 
No. But we have youth and professional leadership training events in the summer. We also maintain a presence at certain conferences throughout the year, such as the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference or the Green Schools Conference & Expo. Please check the calendar for a list of events or conferences.

Does the Alliance put on professional development events?
 
Not at this time. The Alliance piloted the Educator Climate & Conservation Colloquium (Ec3) for sustainability champion leadership training in 2015 and 2016. We are working on developing online trainign modules from the content so more people can access the training. Check out our professional development partners for teacher, building operator, and facility manager trainings. 

Does the Alliance have leadership development programs for students?
 
Yes. The Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3) is our student leadership development program.

Does the Alliance recommend "xyz" products?
 
Through the GSA Purchasing Solution, schools and districts can get product research and analysis of sustainable products.

I have a great product for your members. How can I make them aware of it (Solicitors/Vendors/Sponsors)?
 
You can do this by becoming a vendor of the GSA Purchasing Solution or a Sponsor. Click on the links to learn more.  

Does the Alliance's website come in any other languages?
 
No. At this moment our website is only available in English with the Google Translate widget available, but we are working on making our site multilingual to match our diversity over time.

Does the Alliance provide financial support for schools or clubs?
 
No. The Alliance does not provide funding, but check out the tools in the Financing and Funding resource group. Join the group and search the resources.

QUESTIONS ABOUT OLD GSA WEBSITE

 
Does my current login transfer over to the new site?
 
No. Due to a major difference in our hosting systems, we could not transfer logins. We also had a major restructuring of our membership to focus on the individual instead of the school organization. Check out GSA's individual membership. It’s simple to create a new account.

Where is my school’s profile?
 
School profiles are not available on the new site. The Alliance is redeveloping a new interactive reporting and roadmap system where schools can share what they are doing and learn what still needs work. On the current site, your school can be represented by a collaboration group with some details shared on the home page. The big difference form the old site is your school group is now an interactive space to work with your fellow co-conspirators at your school to plan your sustainability efforts. 

Where is the information from my old school profile?
 
For schools that were on the old site, we copied the basic school details into your new collaboration group for you. If you want to copy more details from your old profile to your new group, you can access your old school profile through August 2017, but you must be a member of the Green Schools Alliance in order to see the access code. Our new reporting system, coming in 2017, will be replacing the old profile page checklist.

Where is the Resource Center?
 
All of the items from the Resource Center, (including webinar listings, making the case papers, the Green Journal, video ocean, etc.) now live in the Resource Center, sorted by topic in Resource Groups. 

Where are the news and updates?
 
Blogs is now the place for announcements and stories, broken down into three sections: “news and updates,” “students,” and “school professionals.”

Where is “Ask the Experts”?
 
Ask the Experts is being refreshed and will debut again in 2017 with current and new experts within the Resource Center groups.

Where is the Smart Schools Toolkit?
 
The Toolkit is being absorbed into the new reporting and roadmap system, coming in 2017. It will be a fully interactive tool for sustainability champions to understand what whole-school sustainability is and how to achieve it!

Where are "Featured Schools"?
 
Featured Schools from the old website have turned into "Success Stories" found within the various Resource Groups in the Resource Center.
 

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