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About GDL

AboutGDLMainPageThe Green Design Lab™ (GDL) is Solar One’s K-12 environmental education program. Through hands-on lessons and activities, GDL fosters sustainable behaviors and student-led solutions to real-world issues focused on Energy, Air, Water, Materials, and Food. Using the school building and surrounding community as a learning laboratory, students design and innovate, applying STEM skills to solve environmental challenges, while taking action to green their schools.

During Green Design Lab™ (GDL) programs, Solar One educators work with teachers and students to deliver curriculum, provide professional development, support school sustainability projects, and reduce energy use. Since its inception in 2009, the Green Design Lab program has reached 400 schools, 1000 teachers and 7000 students.

To become involved, schools can:

  • Join the Green Design Lab Sustainable Schools Network. Through the Network, teachers gain access to curriculum, standards alignment, video tutorials for hands-on activities, and much more. Learn more.
  • Bring Solar One educators to their classrooms or after school programs. Learn more.
  • Visit Stuyvesant Cove Park during an estuary or ecology themed field trip. Learn more.

The Green Design Lab is a program of Solar One. Solar One’s mission is to empower learning and innovation that result in more sustainable and resilient urban environments. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world. Visit www.solar1.org