About Us

Using the world as our classroom, we exist to give purpose and meaning to education, adventure, and life.

Here at The GREEN Team, we know 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: it is a critical step that is missing from academics. So, cue The GREEN Program.

A new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost.

Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development.  Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad  driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost.

Our program attracts students and young leaders who are curious about the world, seek opportunities to break out of their comfort zones, and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

Our accredited, short-term model focuses on bringing transformative experiences to students around the world and unlocking doors to governmental, public, and private facility access, exclusive tours, and unique bucket-list experiences. We are working with universities around the world to redefine what a classroom should mean - from lecture halls to studying the effects of climate change on the top of our world's glaciers.

As commitment partners to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, The GREEN Program exposes students to the heart and guts of these sustainability challenges and initiatives around the world.

Our programs are catered to students who are opportunity seekers and 'student-preneurs' - they are curious about the world and seek opportunities to adventure, break outside of their comfort zones, and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

We don’t want students to choose between a job, internship, or a study abroad experience. We want them to do it all.
 

We help students maximize their winter, spring, and summer breaks in order to allow them to get in a fulfilling educational abroad experience within just 8-10 days abroad. All the while, students are able to land that awesome internship they’ve had their eye on, complete summer classes needed to graduate on time, or challenge their idea towards global citizenship.

Currently on our 8th year, we currently operate over the spread of four continents. Our organization’s core team and company headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our full-time team works out of Pipeline Philly, a co-working space located in Center City, Philadelphia. As one of the founding members of the space, The GREEN Program is a part of this ever-growing community now home to more than 200 companies and organizations.

Beyond Philadelphia, we work alongside numerous indigenous educational institutions and organizations specific to our program locations. Fearless adventure leaders and passionate education gurus, our in-country guides are an integral part of what makes GREEN, GREEN. Of course, our community would not be what it is today without our extended GREEN Family – The GREEN Program Alumni. Having hosted participants from more than 400 universities around the world, we are elated to welcome more than 2000 student leaders and young professionals into our ever-growing community.

Our team and students all have one underlying mission in common: we have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities, and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.

Our Team

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Melissa Lee

Founder, CEO

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T. Brady Halligan

Director of Strategy & Business Development

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Amanda Crawford-Staub

Director of Alumni Engagement

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Chris Johnson

Director of Technology

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Caitlin Cowan

Global Communications Coordinator

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Kelsey DeCerchio

Administrative Coordinator

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Stephen Amoroso

Alumni Engagement Associate

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Lauren Hamilton

Student Success Coordinator

Global Team

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Max Zahniser

Executive Director, Sustainability Nexus

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Ari Jonsson

President, Reykjavik University

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Randall Morgan Greene

Reykjavik University Director & Coordinator

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Gonzalo Villena Villar

Peru University Coordinator

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Cristian Lopez Zereceda

Peru University Coordinator

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Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

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Fanny Pimentel

Peru Operations

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Oscar R. Ortega

Peru Professor & Education Lead

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Helga Lucie Andrée Káradóttir

Iceland Guide

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Björg Árnadóttir

Iceland Operations

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Sigurður Bjarni Sveinsson

Iceland Operations

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Arnar Gauti Markússon

Iceland Operations

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Erla Margrét Gunnarsdóttir

Iceland Guide

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Bjarni Guðmundsson

Iceland Guide

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Magaly Porroa

Peru Guide

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Ágúst Valfells

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

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María Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir

Iceland Professor & Education Lead

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Corrie Rushford

Peru Operations & Guide

Awards & Recognition

In The News   |  November 10th, 2016

Visit to Machu Picchu inspires Maya Goldman to walk in the footsteps of Incan engineers

Senior Maya Goldman spent 10 days in Peru last summer studying water resources and sustainability through The GREEN Program. Working with Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in...

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In The News | October 20th, 2016

College of Natural Resources News: Green with Passion

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In The News | September 27th, 2016

Forbes: Experiential Learning Focused On The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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In The News | September 21st, 2016

NC State CNR Enrichment Fund: The Icelandic Experience

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In The News | September 8th, 2016

Magic Johnson's 32 Under 32: Melissa Lee

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