The academies are physical infrastructures which promote practical and replicable environmental sustainability inside educational-premises. The Academies centre on youth education and will be set up in schools, colleges or universities.
UNESCO Green Academies are based on four pillars of sustainable development – Water Security, Recycling, Clean Energy and Biomass Production. The Academy is built upon the foundation of youth engagement, to encourage active participation in achieving a sustainable way of life and promoting this more widely in their communities. The impact of this will be specifically to youth and community education as well as reducing the environmental footprint of these buildings.
A lack of resources and a lack of practical knowledge in how to implement sustainable practices are often a constraint to environmental sustainability in schools. The Academy is centred on youth education, with the belief that sustainable practices can permeate from the youth to families and to wider communities.