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Green Teaching Program

Apply now for a Green Teaching Certificate for your Summer 2017 Courses

We are now accepting applications for a Green Teaching Certificate for Summer 2017 courses. Apply to help make American University greener and to earn a Green Teaching Certificate logo for your Blackboard course pages and syllabi. It only takes ten minutes.

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2016 Green Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Eve Bratman (School of International Service), winner of the 2016 Green Teacher of the Year Award!


Green Teaching Program at 2013 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

The Green Teaching Program was represented with a poster presentation at this year's EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA on October 16, 2013. To download the PDF or PowerPoint version of the poster presentation, click on one of the links below.

Greening the Classroom Poster (PDF)

Greening the Classroom PowerPoint (PDF)

About the program

The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning and Eco-Sense piloted a Green Teaching Certificate during the 2008-09 academic year. This is part of an attempt to reward faculty members who are green teachers, while giving green courses a familiar face among students. The Green Teaching Certificate is based on a system of self-reporting. Faculty members at American University can qualify for a Green Teaching Certificate by answering a number of questions about their efforts to make their courses more sustainable. Upon evaluation, qualified courses will be rewarded with a seal representing one of five different levels of the Green Teaching Certificate, which can be put on syllabi and Blackboard pages to market courses as green.

In the News

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Green Teaching Program in the news!

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and counting!

The number of AU Faculty members who have been certified so far since the program started in 2008.

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Green Teacher of the Year

Photo: From left, Anna Olsson of CTRL, students Allie Dart, Matt Lehtonen, and Director of Sustainability Christopher O'Brien.

Read about the faculty who have been recognized, their classes and what makes them innovatively green!