About Us

We're on a mission to to educate and empower future sustainability leaders through transformative education, responsible travel, and adventure.

Founded by students for students in 2009, The GREEN Program (TGP) is an award-winning, experiential education program focused on our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development.  

At The GREEN Program (TGP), we believe in using business as a force for good, and to help create a sustainable future for our community and planet. We're proud to be a triple-bottom line, woman and minority-owned, public benefit corporation.

Our innovative model for experiential education is driven by a desire to provide purposeful, real-world experience through impactful education, travel, and adventure. We envision a sustainable future driven by global citizens who catalyze change and propel communities and organizations towards progressive sustainability goals and climate resilience.

Since 2009, we have traveled with more than 3,500 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.

A new model of education for a new generation.
We're buillding the next generation of sustainability leaders that our world needs.

By using the world as our classroom, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as our educational framework, our model expertly balances sustainability-focused course work, exclusive industry exposure, and bucket-list adventures in just 10 days. We specialize in providing exclusive access to leading industry facilities, from Iceland’s largest Geothermal Facility to Fukushima’s Nuclear Power Plants.  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, National Geographic, United Nations, the Environmental Defense Fund, NREL, and more.

We know that experience is invaluable. Nearly 91% of employers prefer that their candidates have experience, and 65% prefer relevant experience (Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)). While textbook knowledge and classroom environments are traditional methods for learning, it’s simply not enough for the 21st century workforce. With The GREEN Program, university students and graduates have the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills, and competencies to prepare them for an impactful career - for themselves and our planet. We're building the next generation of sustainability leaders that our planet needs.

Innovative programs designed with learning outcomes for the 21st century workforce:

  • Short-term,  intensive, experience-based curriculum
  • Human-centric approach
  • Diverse, interdisciplinary, and intercultural
  • Analyzing technical, social, cultural, economic, and political systems
  • Utilizing systems thinking in problem-solving for real-world problems
  • Professional practice, demonstrating leadership to challenge existing norms, and decision making
  • Built in focus on foundational literacies, key competencies, and character qualities required in the 21st century workforce

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 "Sustainability International Impact Award" - PIEoneer Awards
  • 2020 "Education Hero of the Year" - The Stevie Awards Women in Business"
  • 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
  • 2015 "#1 Summer Study Abroad Program" - StudyAbroad101
  • 2014 "Green Innovator of the Year" - Clean Air Council, GreenFest Philly
  • Top 10 Young Company Driving Social Change - United Nations Social Innovation Summit 
  • Top 3 Student-Founded Companies in the World - New York Stock Exchange

Where you've seen our work

The GREEN Program Team

Photo: Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee

Founder, CEO

Photo: Megan Swanick

Megan Swanick

Director of University Partnerships

Photo: Courtney Roth

Courtney Roth

Assistant Director, Global Enrollment

Photo: Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Community Engagement & Administrative Coordinator

Photo: Gaven Simon

Gaven Simon

Social Media Intern

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

Photo: Akiko Kato

Akiko Kato

Vice President, National Institute of Technology - Fukushima College

Photo: Oscar R. Ortega

Oscar R. Ortega

Peru Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Magaly Porroa

Magaly Porroa

Peru Guide

Photo: María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Dr. Sagar Sharma

Dr. Sagar Sharma

Dean, School of Arts & Development Studies at Kathmandu University

Photo: Ágúst Valfells

Ágúst Valfells

Department Head, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, School of Science & Engineering, Reykjavik University

Photo: Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson

Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

Photo: Fernando Chara

Fernando Chara

Peru Guide

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