It Starts With You.
Schools that make a Sustainability Leadership Commitment lay the groundwork for fundamental change that will impact students for future generations.
Schools are the core of every society. They foster the minds of future citizens, voters, doers, and advocates who are the driving force for global transformation.
By signing this commitment, your school or district becomes a vital member of a global community that sets goals, takes action, and makes progress. No matter where you are on your sustainability journey, your leadership paves the way for others to follow. Join the 579 principals, heads of school, and superintendents who have already answered the call to action and committed to transforming their schools!
"When the New York City Department of Education adopted its ambitious sustainability agenda, we needed to make a strong public statement about the importance of climate stewardship. Making the Green Schools Alliance leadership commitment showed clearly that New York City schools were committed at the highest level to facing our environmental challenges." — John T. Shea, Chief Executive Officer, New York City Department of Education Division of School Facilities.
Sustainability Leadership Commitment: Call To Action
Green Schools Alliance envisions a world where every person is aware of and accountable for the impact they have in creating an environmentally, economically, and equitably sustainable future. The Earth cannot support our current level of consumption. We need to inspire everyone, including the youngest members of our community, that small, conscious efforts relentlessly pursued will protect all life on our planet.
As hubs of communities, schools can help to transform markets, policy, education and behavior, increase community resilience, mitigate climate change, and prepare citizens to think and act in new and creative ways. No individual school or person can solve 21st century climate, conservation, or socio-economic challenges alone. As active participants striving toward this common goal, we must work together now so that future generations can thrive.
LEVEL I: Sustainability Steward
Our school or district will encourage healthy systems, active design, and progressive efficiencies in the school’s physical place.
Educate & Engage Our Community
Our school or district will cultivate charismatic leadership, connection to place, and broad-based action to elevate our school’s educational programs.
Transform Our Culture
Our school or district will foster communication and interdepartmental learning so sustainability is an integral part of a school’s organizational culture.
LEVEL II: Climate Champion
Our school or district will develop and implement a comprehensive climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality at a time determined by our school or district.
Sign the Commitment Letter:
- Download the Leadership Commitment Signatory Letter.
- U.S. Based Schools
- International Schools
- Obtain the signature of an authorized representative (principal, superintendent, or high-level administrator) from your school or district.
- Agree to the Ongoing Participation Requirements: (starting 2019)
- Assign a Sustainability Champion to complete the Sustainability Tracking and Roadmap Tool (START) assessment at least once every 12 months to report your progress.
- Share your START progress publicly to demonstrate leadership and set an example for others.
Make the Commitment:
- Fill out a short form with information about your school or district.
- Upload the signed letter (within the form).