The Global Rivers Environmental Education Network program (GREEN) provides opportunities for young people to learn more about the watersheds they live in and to use their findings to create lasting solutions for pressing water quality issues. Through GREEN, Earth Force and our partners at General Motors share a commitment to civic engagement, education, and the environment.
In this award-winning program, middle and high school students acquire essential academic skills -- critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and decision making -- while actively engaging their communities on water quality issues.
How it works
- Partners Come Together to Host Aquatic Advocate Program in Rochester, NY - October 17, 2013
- Students Use the Earth Force Process at Lake Superior Youth Symposium - May 16, 2013
- Dynamic Partnership Creates Youth Environmental Leaders - February 21, 2013
- Is Earth Force Your New Year's Resolution? - February 05, 2013
- Students from Muir Middle School Take Action in the River - October 22, 2012
- River Legacy Teams Up to Teach Water Quality - August 29, 2012
- Students from Bailey Junior High Present to City Officials - June 28, 2012
- GM Reaches Century Mark in Landfill-Free Facilities - June 19, 2012
- Second GM Facility Receives ENERGY STAR Certification - June 19, 2012
- GM GREEN: Your Watershed, Your Backyard - June 05, 2012
- Students Test Waters in Youngstown, OH - May 18, 2012
- The Mott Foundation Talks about GM GREEN - May 18, 2012
- Students from Lapeer and Genesee Intermediate School Districts Gather at Flint Youth Summit - May 18, 2012
- Oshawa Students Test Creek Water Quality - April 24, 2012
- Students Participate in GM Earth Day and Mission Clean Stream - April 24, 2012
- For-Mar Nature Preserve hosts young biologists from Carman Ainsworth High School - April 24, 2012
- Carman Ainsworth High School Students Test River Health at For-Mar Nature Preserve - April 24, 2012
- Oak Valley Middle School students work to prevent water pollution - April 21, 2012
- Students from Bedford North Lawrence High School Take Action in Leatherwood Creek - April 18, 2012
- Eisenhower Middle School students study water pollution with Earth Force - April 18, 2012
- Clinton River Watershed Council Talks About GREEN Program on GM's Beyond Now Blog - March 05, 2012
- GM GREEN Propels Young People into STEM Careers - January 24, 2012
- Video of Don Hammond discussing the Chevrolet GREEN Award and his use of the Volt in the classroom - January 03, 2012
- Aurora, CO
- Bolingbrook, IL
- Bedford, IN
- Indianapolis, IN
- Marion, IN
- Kansas, KS
- Bowling Green, KY
- Bay City, MI
- Romulus, MI
- Detroit, MI
- Flint, MI
- Lansing, MI
- Lapeer, MI
- Milford, MI
- Oak Park/Warren, MI
- Pontiac/Lake Orion, MI
- Tonawanda, NY
- Toledo, OH
- Youngstown, OH
- Philadelphia, PA
- Charleston, SC
- Arlington, TX
- Grand Prairie, TX
- Oshawa, ON
The idea quickly caught on and the experience gained with schools along the Huron River set the stage for an expanded program on the Rouge River in 1987 - part of an effort to improve education and the environment in metropolitan Detroit. The educational model moved to other watersheds around the Great Lakes in the U.S. and Canada.
When GREEN became a program of Earth Force in 1999, its long standing financial and volunteer supporter, General Motors, joined Earth Force as well. With the help of General Motors, Earth Force was able to develop the nationally recognized curricula, training, and resources for supporting educators in implementing GREEN around the country.
Through Earth Force’s GREEN program, corporations like General Motors are providing leadership to young people in the classroom as well as in the field. Using the Protecting Our Watersheds curriculum, corporate volunteers and local partner organizations are working with educators to engage young people in their watersheds through experiences that will hone their problem solving skills and will increase their ability to make informed decisions in the future.
To date, with the support of over 22 local partner organizations and several corporate sponsors, GREEN has engaged over 100,000 young people in watershed protection.
Over that span of time, thousands of GM employees have worked side by side with teachers, community partners and more than 100,000 young people in more than 32 communities in the United States and Canada. This successful partnership effort works to engage our youth and whole communities in watershed education and river protection efforts.
Students, teachers ,and GM employee mentors literally get their feet wet while visiting their local bodies of water to conduct water quality monitoring -- performing chemical tests, sampling for aquatic insects and assessing the stream's physical attributes.
Young people are supported throughout the program by GM mentors who help them see the "real-world" application of science. Before and after water quality monitoring, GM mentors support students in interpreting data, analyzing local issues, applying critical thinking skills and balancing opposing viewpoints. With the help of their mentors, students use scientific knowledge to discover community problems and then work to create lasting solutions to pressing water quality issues.
With the support of GM, Earth Force developed the nationally recognized Protecting Our Watersheds curricula, training and resources for supporting educators in implementing GREEN around the country.
You can read more about the success of the GM GREEN program in the annual reports below!Annual Reports: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004