History

Green Across the World, Inc.

 

Green Across the World, Inc. (GATW) was established as a corporation in Vermont in April 2000, and received Federal 501(c)(3) not for profit status in May 2001.  For nearly two decades, Green Across the World's Founding Executive Director has developed experiences and associations which place the organization in a strong position to establish long term, sustainable exchange and curricular programs for high school students and teachers between Vermont, China, Japan, and with recent activity in Bhutan.  We believe that effective, long-term cultural and environmental exchange between North America, Asia and other parts of the world is beneficial to developing international relations through peace and reasonable prosperity.

History

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  • July 1995:  Green Across the Pacific's Founding Director, Peter Lynch, brought five students from Fair Haven Union High School, Vermont, where he taught at the time, to Hong Kong to study with Dr. James D. Lazell, a field biologists with The Conservation Agency (TCA), Jamestown, Rhode Island.
  • July 1996:  Another group of students traveled to South China with Lynch and Lazell.  This expedition included a visit to the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University (Hua Shi Fu Zhong- HSFZ)), Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China.  Program director Peter Lynch met with Principal Wu Yingmin of HSFZ to discuss establishing a summer exchange program in field biology and natural resource management.
  • July 1997: The exchange program with HSFZ began with a one-week program organized by Xia Tao, Biology Chairperson at HSFZ. Mr. Xia is currently serving as Dean of Students at HSFZ. He is an Honorary Director of GATP. This was embedded in the three weeks that Fair Haven Union High School students spent in South China. The field apprenticeship program continues to be available today through collaboration between TCA and GATP.
  • July 1998:  A delegation consisting of eleven students, three teachers, and one professor of biology traveled from Guangzhou, China, to Vermont, USA, to study field biology and natural resource management with Vermont students in a three week program organized by Lynch.  To the best of our knowledge, this was the first delegation of Chinese high school students to visit Vermont (and possibly the United States) for purposes of exchange and academic study since the founding of the People's Republic of China.
  • September 1999:  Mr. Lynch traveled to HSFZ for one week to help the school prepare for and implement a visit from Vermont Governor Howard Dean who was in East Asia on a trade mission to Taiwan.
  • February 2000:  A delegation from HSFZ Leland and Gray Union High School, Fair Haven Union High School, Mount Abraham Union High School, and The Gailer School.  This three-week exchange focused on theory and practice in education as well as cultural exchange.  Governor Howard Dean opened an exhibit, including twenty-five student drawings from the 1998 summer exchange, at the State House in Montpelier, Vermont.
  • April, 2000:  GATP was incorporated in Vermont.
  • May, 2000:  Collaborating with The Gailer School, GATP organized a visit to Hiroshima, Japan, in which six members of the 12th grade class shared their interdisciplinary study of the end of World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima with the staff of the Peace Museum in Hiroshima.
  • July 2000:  Vermont high school students and educators traveled to Guangdong Province, China to begin the second round of the exchange in field biology and natural resource management.  Mr. Xia organized activities and home stays in the northern Mountains of Guangdong, the city of Guangzhou, and the coastal island of Nan Ao.
  • May 2001:  GATP received 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • July 2001:  a delegation from HSFZ, including Principal Wu Yinming, visited New England to study field biology and natural resource management with American students and teachers to complete the second round of this exchange.  Three weeks of events were organized, primarily in Vermont.   A brief visit to coastal Rhode Island gave students experience with marine ecology.
  • February 2002:  a delegation from HSFZ shared two weeks of classes and events at Rutland High School, Middlebury Union High School and Leland and Gray Union High School.  An intended follow up trip to Guangzhou, China was not carried out due to travel restrictions following 9/11.
  • July 2003:  Exchange activities were cancelled due to the SARS epidemic.
  • July 2004:  Vermont high school students traveled to South China for a summer exchange in field biology and natural resource management in Hong Kong and Guangdong, China.  Following a one-week introduction to the region in Hong Kong by Dr. Lazell, HSFZ carried out a two-week program for Chinese and American students focusing on marine resources and problems associated with development in Guangdong Province.
  • July 2005:  Students and teachers from HSFZ joined GATP for three weeks of activities in Vermont.  During this program, we increased the role that businesses played in our study of natural resource management, and instituted projects designed to explore specific and current environmental topics in Vermont.
  • July 2006:  GATP began a brief collaboration with Champlain College, hosting Chinese students and teachers to work with American students and teachers in a three week, field based program centered at Champlain College.
  • July 2007:  a delegation of students from Vermont, New Jersey and Washington State visited South China.  Following an introduction to the region in Hong Kong SAR, HSFZ organized a two and a half week program including urban and coastal resources in Guangdong and rural challenges along the Fujian Guangdong border.
  • July 2008:  GATP at Champlain College included Chinese and American students and teachers for a three-week, field based program centered at Champlain College.  Access to the resources at Champlain College and ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, greatly enhanced the quality of our program, resulting in the most powerful and successful domestic program to date.  Students closed the program with interactive public displays at ECHO.
  • July 2009, the threat of the H1N1 influenza prevented us from working with HSFZ.  GATP collaborated with The Nature Conservancy of Jamestown, Rhode Island, to organize a biology field trip to Hong Kong and Guangdong Province.  Five high school students from Vermont and New York participated in field studies with students from South China Normal University in Ding Hu Shan, and Shantou University at Nan Ao.
  • March 2010:  Tottori Prefecture, Japan, and GATP initiated a youth exchange with a ten-day program in Vermont.  Harwood and Mount Abraham Union High Schools hosted Japanese students from 7 high schools and Tottori University of Environmental Studies.  The program focused on green, affordable housing design.
  • July 2010:  GATP hosted Chinese students and teachers to work with American students for a three week Environmental Leadership Program.  This program was based at the University of Vermont.  GATP began working to establish a relationship with The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
  • March 2011:  GATP continued student exchange with Tottori Prefecture hosting students and adults at Mt. Abraham and Harwood Union High Schools.
  • April 2011:  A scheduled student trip to Tottori, Japan, was cancelled in the wake of the Tsunami and problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.
  • July2011:  a delegation of Vermonters traveled to South China for a program hosted by HSFZ in Guangdong and Hainan Provinces.  Students spent time in Hong Kong as well.
  • March 2012:  GATP's Executive Director Lynch traveled to Bhutan with the Director of the Center for International Virtual Schooling (C4IVS) to visit schools and meet with officials in the Ministry of Education in anticipation of establishing physical and virtual exchanges with Bhutan.
  • March 2012:  GATP and Mt. Abraham Union High School hosted a delegation from Tottori, Japan.
  • July 2012:  GATP hosted our summer Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Vermont where we continued to strengthen our connections.  We established an informal partnership with the University through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  This program included students from the United States, China, Thailand and Bhutan as well as two teachers from Bhutan.
  • September-December 2012:  GATP helped C4IVS initiate a virtual exchange between Burlington High School, Vermont, and Sherubling Higher Secondary School, Bhutan.
  • October 2012:  GATP, Mt. Abraham Union and Burlington High Schools hosted a student delegation from Tottori, Japan.  This program focused on food and food systems.
  • April 2013:  GATP organized a trip to Tottori, Japan, for students from Burlington and Essex High Schools, Vermont, for an inaugural reciprocal Youth Environmental Exchange in Japan.
  • October 2013:  GATP, and Burlington and Essex High Schools hosted a student delegation from Tottori, Japan,  This program focused on Energy and Energy Systems.
   

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