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In its inaugural year, GCSO seed-funded three projects to fulfill its mission: to implement and scale solutions to sustainability challenges.

Year one projects were mandated to create far-reaching, on-the-ground impact, and exhibited the following key features: a) collaboration – two or more GCSO member institutions participated in one or more projects; b) outcomes focused – existing solutions were implemented in a new location, sector, or social context (‘scaled’); and, c) non-academic participation – ‘implementers’, e.g., governments, industry, schools, non-profits, etc., were included from the beginning.

1. CapaCities: Building Sustainability Implementation Capacity in City Staff and Leadership

2. Sustainability Education: Continuing Professional Development for k12 School Teachers & Faculty

3. On- and Off-Campus Solutions: Sustainability Accelerator Program “Hot Water Reduction Project”