About Us

We know that experience is invaluable. While textbook knowledge and classroom environments are traditional, working methods for learning, it’s simply not enough. There is something to be said for having the opportunity to get up close and personal with your academics, interests, and passions. The GREEN Program bridges the experience gap between classroom and career transitions.

Our mission is to educate and empower future sustainability leaders through innovative models of experiential education, travel, and adventure.

Motivated students and young professionals travel with The GREEN Program to find a meaningful educational experience that fits their busy schedule and advances their career goals.

TGP participants are university students and young professionals who are...

  • Frustrated by the lack of short-term options
  • Stressed about the lack of direction and purpose in their degree and future career paths
  • Disappointed there aren’t more opportunities to learn about sustainable development
  • Seeking hands-on opportunities that aren’t available through traditional education
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the necessity to stand out in the job market 
  • Lacking connection with peers who share similar passions and interests 

We provide short-term, accredited programs in Iceland, Peru, Japan, and Nepal. By using the world as our classroom, our model expertly balances sustainability-focused course work, exclusive industry exposure, and bucket-list adventures. We specialize in providing access to leading industry facilities, from Iceland’s largest Geothermal Facility to Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Since 2009, we have traveled with more than 3,000 interdisciplinary student leaders and young professionals from 400+ universities and 70 countries around the world. Our programs provide hands-on, global experiences at the fraction of the time and cost of traditional study abroad. We challenge our cohorts to solve real-world sustainability challenges in the form of innovative business solutions. Beyond our program experience, we are one of the only program providers to offer leadership development and resume-boosting opportunities after students return home. In fact, 95% of TGP alumni stay engaged in sustainability efforts and have gone on to work for forward-thinking companies such as NASA, Tesla, SpaceX, and more.

Awards & Recognition

2019 Rad Awards "Educator of The Year"
2018 "Company of the Year" - The Stevie Awards Women in Business
2018 Best of Philly® - "Expander of Frontiers"
2018 Forbes 30Under30 - Education
2017 "Best Education Abroad Provider" - Global Youth Travel Awards
2017 Stellar Startups - The Philadelphia Inquirer
2015 "#1 Summer Study Abroad Program" - StudyAbroad101
2014 "Green Innovator of the Year" - Clean Air Council, GreenFest Philly
Top 50 Social Impact Ventures in the World - New York Stock Exchange
Top 10 Young Company Driving Social Change - United Nations Social Innovation Summit 
Top 3 Student-Founded Companies in the World - New York Stock Exchange

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Our Team

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Melissa Lee

Founder, CEO

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Daniel Watkins

Director of Enrollment

Photo: Megan Swanick

Megan Swanick

Director of University Partnerships

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Chris Johnson

Director of Technology

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Lauren Hamilton

Ambassador and University Partnership Associate

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Courtney Roth

Student Success Coordinator

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Jonathan Hric

Student Success Coordinator

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Jessica Casale

Administrative Coordinator

Our Global Team

Photo: Björg Árnadóttir

Björg Árnadóttir

Iceland Operations

Photo: Sigurður Bjarni Sveinsson

Sigurður Bjarni Sveinsson

Iceland Operations

Photo: Helga Lucie Andrée Káradóttir

Helga Lucie Andrée Káradóttir

Iceland Guide

Photo: Arnar Gauti Markússon

Arnar Gauti Markússon

Iceland Operations

Photo: Erla Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

Erla Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

Iceland Program Coordinator

Photo: Bjarni Guðmundsson

Bjarni Guðmundsson

Iceland Guide

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Akiko Kato

Vice President, National Institute of Technology - Fukushima College

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Oscar R. Ortega

Peru Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Magaly Porroa

Magaly Porroa

Peru Guide

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Fanny Pimentel

Peru Operations

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Max Zahniser

Executive Director, Sustainability Nexus

Photo: María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Ágúst Valfells

Ágúst Valfells

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson

Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

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Corrie Rushford

Peru Operations & Guide

Photo: Fernando Chara

Fernando Chara

Peru Guide

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