Green Education Can Save the World

Sep 30, 2011, 12:24 ET from ALISON

A Free Universal "Green Certification" aimed at schools and the workplace is to be published for free online access by ALISON.com, a Clinton Global Initiative member

The world's largest free online learning platform, ALISON commits to develop the green interactive multimedia courseware suite to assist the global drive towards more sustainable consumption worldwide.

NEW YORK, Sept 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ALISON.com announces that as part of its commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, it will publish for free online access a universal "green education" courseware suite with certification as part of its effort to aid more sustainable consumption worldwide. ALISON aims to register over 250,000 students by the end of 2012 and one million by the end of 2014 in the educational programme. The new courseware suite will educate students on how they can individually and collectively manage their consumption of energy, water, and food in a more intelligent and self-sustaining manner. The courseware suite will also educate students on general sustainable consumption management and introduce key innovative concepts such as carbon and biodiversity credits and trading to a global audience.

Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, ALISON Founder and CEO Mike Feerick stated "If you ever needed an awakening to realize just how interconnected the global community is, and why individuals and organizations worldwide need to be assertive in making sure we and our children can have a long-term sustainable existence on this planet, come to CGI.  As a major international educator, we realize that while there are many education initiatives in action around the world relating to sustainable consumption and all things "green", there is no comprehensive high-quality self-paced interactive courseware with certification available with free access worldwide. ALISON is pleased to commit to fill this educational void and play its part in educating people worldwide on this very important subject".

As a result of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, ALISON has received partnership proposals from a number of multi-national and government organizations. ALISON welcomes further partnership inquiries and contact from potential marketers and users of the proposed courseware suite in anticipation of a launch of the first modules in early 2012.

About ALISON

ALISON is revolutionising global education and training with its highly scalable "self-certification" model of online learning. The Irish-based social enterprise has attracted one million registered learners across 190 countries since its founding in April 2007, providing 300 free interactive multimedia courses covering a range of workplace skills and basic education categories, from Digital Literacy, Business Skills, Health & Safety to the English Language, at Certificate and Diploma level. Through 2011, ALISON will graduate over 50,000 people worldwide. In Jan 2011, ALISON received a prestigious Diploma Award for "Innovation in ICT Education for the Workforce" from the Director General of UNESCO in Paris, France. Founder & CEO Mike Feerick is an Ashoka Fellow and member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

"ALISON provides a new world of free online learning opportunity" UNESCO

"ALISON opens up the world of knowledge offering new, flexible, and exciting ways to learn" Department of Innovation, Universities & Skills, UK Government

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About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have convened nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize winners, and leading CEOs, heads of foundations, philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the international media. CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of  over 300 million people in more than 180 countries worldwide. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of US$63 billion.

For more information, please visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

For further information, please contact Petula Gallagher, Media Relations, ALISON pgallagher@alison.com

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