Need to Do

Need To Do


Step 1: Appoint a Sustainability Coordinator and Submit your School Sustainability Plan

In order to comply with Local Law 41 (2010) and Chancellor's Regulation A-850 (2013), Principals must appoint a sustainability coordinator from school-based staff who will be in charge of creating the school's sustainability plan, detailing recycling, energy conservation, ecology and green curriculum initiatives.

identify a Sustainability Coordinator for the school year and ask the representative to complete the new online process on the GSA website. The Principal does not need to go online to complete any part of the process - the selected Sustainability Coordinator should follow the steps below to register their designation and submit the School Sustainability Plan. Since the designation and plan processes have been integrated, schools are encouraged to complete these requirements by September 30, 2016. The FINAL date to have the process completed for compliance is October 28, 2016.

There are 3 parts that you will be walked through step-by-step. The total process will take about 10-15 minutes. (for detailed instructions, view the instructional PDF)

1. Join the Community
    a. Set you log-in and password for the website.

    b. Create your individual profile page: Fill in brief information about yourself and add a photo (photo is option).

    c. Chose your ROLE:
        - IMPORTANT: Choose "New York City Dept of Education" as your DISTRICT

2. Fill out the NYC DOE Sustainability Coordinator Form
    a. Answer Sustainability Coordinator Designation questions and pick your school from a dropdown list.
    b. Answer questions about your School Sustainability Plan for 2016-17. (Preview the questions here to prepare your answers).

    c. Once you submit the form, download a PDF for your records.

3. Become the admin for your school's group: Find your school's home page and click JOIN.

Click to Get Started Here

For technical assistance with the community or the online process, email
For questions about NYC DOE compliance, email Joann Mascialino at

Green Schools Alliance (GSA) is a non-profit organization that manages this online process for the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability.

    Step 2: Submit Your Annual End-of-the-Year Survey

    All designated sustainability coordinators receive an e-mail in mid-May with a survey link and instructions to fill out a sustainability-themed survey, due by June 9th, 2017. The survey asks questions about what sustainability initiatives were completed in your school this year.  

    Step 3: Get Trained