Our mission is to connect and empower schools worldwide to lead the transformation to a sustainable, equitable and climate-resilient future.

We are an alliance working together to nurture and fortify
sustainable school communities. 

Sustainability Champions
in 48 US states & 91 countries


Leadership Commitments
representing 8,076 schools


9.84 million
kW hours

in the Green Cup Challenge


"Going green means so many things to different people, and despite our genuine commitment to sustainability, we were having difficulty focusing our efforts. Working with the Alliance has allowed us to find a community of like-minded schools and set challenging, but reasonable, goals." – Julian P. Bull, Headmaster, Campbell Hall School, CA.  more testimonials

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“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” ― John E. Lewis

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. Small, conscious actions relentlessly pursued, can protect all life on our planet. Yet no individual person can solve 21st century climate, conservation, or socio-economic challenges alone. The Alliance offers a unique framework through which to unite and engage all community members, including the youngest, to be active participants in working together toward a common goal. As hubs of communities, schools can help transform markets, policy, education and behavior, increase community resilience, mitigate climate change, and prepare citizens to think and act in new and creative ways today, so that future generations can thrive.


Green Schools Alliance focuses on a systems-level approach
based on Whole-School Sustainability

Whole-School Sustainability centers on the imperative that to be successful, schools need to incorporate sustainable solutions into their physical place, organizational culture, and educational programs. Green Schools Alliance develops innovative tools and programs, in collaboration with schools, to guide sustainability champions toward achieving this goal.

  • We encourage healthy systems, active design, and progressive efficiencies in the school’s physical place.
  • We cultivate charismatic leadership, connection to place, and broad-based action to elevate a school’s educational program.
  • We foster communication and interdepartmental learning so sustainability is an integral part of a school’s organizational culture.

Note: Learn more about Whole-School Sustainability from the Institute for the Built Environment.  

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