Generocity: The GREEN Program Brings Students to the Best Places to Study Sustainability, Including Philadelphia


Aug 6, 2014

The GREEN program is a new kind of study abroad program that helps students from around the world visit other cities and countries to study innovative practices in sustainability. “We run short-term career accelerating programs abroad, focused on specific topics revolving around sustainability, sustainable development and renewable energy,” said Brady Halligan, director of strategic partnerships and enrollment. […] 

Photo: city hall

The GREEN program is a new kind of study abroad program that helps students from around the world visit other cities and countries to study innovative practices in sustainability.

“We run short-term career accelerating programs abroad, focused on specific topics revolving around sustainability, sustainable development and renewable energy,” said Brady Halligan, director of strategic partnerships and enrollment.

“We do these programs currently in the best places to study these topics,” he added.

Photo: students iceland hike

The GREEN program currently has a program in Iceland, which focuses on renewable energy and sustainability, and in Peru, which covers water resource management and sustainable practices.

“It’s important for us to be taking students to the best places in the world to learn about and gain access into these types of technologies,” said Melissa Lee, founder and CEO.

The study-abroad programs take place during university breaks, compared to some traditional study abroad programs that last an entire semester or school year. Students also have the opportunity to receive university credit through the program. The GREEN program has worked with at least 180 universities so far.

“We’ve been really doing a great job at revolutionizing the way students within STEM get industry access,” said Alex Tanenbaum, director of marketing and strategy, adding that the program allows students to get industry access in ten days without having to do an entire semester abroad or a summer-long internship.

Recently The GREEN program was ranked a top-10 social innovation company at UN Social Innovation Summit by the STEM Education Committee. Last March, it became a partner in the Institute of International Education‘s Generation Study Abroad program, which is aimed at increasing the number of US students who study abroad to 600,000 students in the next five years. 

Photo: philadelphia skyline


The team, which was originally based in New Brunswick, New Jersey (they started the program in a college dorm room at Rutgers University), moved to Philadelphia because of the resources here.

Now, the team is developing a study abroad program to bring students to Philadelphia. The program is set to begin next summer and will focus on sustainable design and urban regeneration.

“We wanted to create a program here to demonstrate those great things and how Philadelphia is reshaping itself and redefining itself as a leader in green initiatives,” Halligan said. “[And to] also put Philadelphia on the map as place to come study, learn and then stay to work.”

The team’s goal is to attract students from around the country, as well as international students, to come to Philadelphia. Philadelphia University’s Master of Sustainable Design program will be one of the partners.

Find more information about the program (including how to apply as a student or University partner) on The GREEN program website.

See the originial article here:

Read Another Article

Honoring Kate Slattery & Highlighting the Shine On Scholarship for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, The GREEN Program is happy to highlight Kate Slattery – a mechanical engineer and photovoltaic designer for SolarCity who challenged herself and others to work toward a global mission of renewable energy and sustainability. We are honored to work with Kate’s family and GivePower to share Kate’s story and provide the Shine On Scholarship to TGP students in memory of Kate. 

read more

How an Online Sustainability Program Helped Jaedyn Medrano Become an Intersectional Sustainability Advocate

This blog features the virtual Nepal Ethics of Sustainable Development Alum, Jaedyn Medrano who says, “this program taught me how to think about a project holistically, and it has guided me along the path to being a better cultured and inclusive young professional.” She is set to graduate with a double major in Renewable Natural Resources & Ecological Restorations in December of 2022.

read more

Defending Reproductive Rights in the Battle for Climate Justice

Reproductive Justice is Climate Justice. The GREEN Program stands to defend the reproductive rights of all women and people who give birth to access safe reproductive health care. We must do more to educate others and understand the interconnection between Reproductive Justice and the Climate Crisis. It’s important to draw the connections between climate change, pollution, and reproductive rights.

read more

An International Graduate Student Embraces Nepali Culture by Studying Abroad through Shine On Scholarship

On one hand, I believe that every student should be given a chance to study abroad at least once in their life, because it teaches us things that textbooks cannot: adaptability, resilience, curiosity, empathy, just to name a few. Whether good or bad, bursting our bubble and learning about our world will inspire us and open our minds. On the other hand, the people we interact with benefit from the diversity, because all of us bring unique perspectives to the table. Perhaps we share an idea that no one has thought of but could be key to solving a problem; we fuel the aspirations of someone who is facing similar difficulties; or help take down stereotypes.  

read more

Remembering Juneteenth and the Fight for Environmental Justice

n June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. It is on this day every year since that we celebrate “Juneteenth” as the end of slavery in the United States. It is a day that we celebrate ancestors and leaders who fought to be liberated. We celebrate their power, resiliency, and tenacity. 

read more

LGBTQ+ Leaders and Organizations in Sustainability to Know About this Pride Month

The GREEN Program loves to celebrate love, and there is no better way to do that this month than by recognizing a few LGBTQ+ leaders and organizations that are making a difference not just in their own communities but for our planet altogether. Read below to learn more about some people and spaces that are working together to promote a better world that focuses on inclusion and equality.

read more

Meet 8 AAPI Leaders in Sustainability: Across the Globe and At Home

The month of May is known to many as the end of classes and the start of Summer, but May is also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Our team at TGP wanted to take a moment to recognize the contributions and influence of AAPI Americans throughout history, culture, and achievements both on a global scale, and from those who are a bit close to home. We also encourage you to learn more about AAPI Heritage Month and get involved through additional resources.

read more

From a Start Up to a Sustainability Study Abroad Program: How Patrick Applied his Passion for Renewable Energy in Iceland

When Fall 2021 rolled around and I saw the TGP scholarship opportunity, I thought I’d apply not expecting much. When I found out that I actually got it, I was like “I guess I’m actually doing this!”. I was a little nervous and anxious but also so excited for the opportunity! I was also grateful that the enrollment process was very smooth for me with no significant challenges along the way.

read more

Boston University Student Gains a Unique Perspective for Renewable Energy & Sustainability by Studying Abroad in Iceland

Global experiences have definitely shaped me into the person I am today through increased cultural awareness and sensitivity. Getting to really know a great group of diverse individuals from all over the world has not only shaped my perspective on current world issues, but has also allowed me to take a glance at certain topics from another angle and point of view.

read more

A Construction Science Major Turns Lessons into Opportunity after a Sustainability Study Abroad Program 

AJ Ewing spent his past Winter Break a little bit differently than most students, by studying abroad on our GREEN Nepal program. As a Construction Science major, AJ notes that he was nervous coming into the study abroad program having no prior experience in sustainability or electrical/solar grids, but he was excited and eager to learn. As soon as he arrived, all his nerves were gone as he was welcomed by our team and ready to dive in. Now, he can honestly say that when he thinks of The GREEN Program, he thinks of “family away from home.”

read more

How a Geologist Made His Sustainability Dream in Iceland a Reality through a Study Abroad Scholarship

As someone who is in a field with a limited representation of ethnic minorities, TGP created a neutral ground where there was a range of diversity on different levels. My GREEN Program experience in Iceland wasn’t just about the adventures and cultural immersion, but about the education too. I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures because I saw how passionate the different lecturers were about their work and research which is truly inspiring. As a geologist, learning more about the wonder that is Iceland in Iceland was definitely a dream come true.

read more

Get to Know GREENie: Maryam Aida Tidjani

Maryam Aida Tidjani got to experience a brand new kind of GREEN Program during the hard times the world was facing, a 100% Virtual and Online experience. Initially planning on traveling to Peru in 2021, the global pandemic continued to shift things around and we had to pivot all travel programs to Online experiences.

read more

Subscribe to The GREEN Program newsletter & updates

Skip to content