The Green Film School Alliance (GFSA) is a collaboration of leading film schools which have united to integrate industry-level sustainable production practices into their programs, committing together to bring common language, standards, and tools to their institutions. This alliance is built around specific actions aimed to reduce the impacts of physical production on the environment, a willingness to share best practices and a pledge to further sustainable initiatives at their schools.

In June of 2020, the Sustainable Production Alliance (SPA) teamed up with these founding member schools dedicated to incorporating sustainability into their production programs and developing resources for all film students, creating GFSA.

Modeled after the industry standard Green Production Guide best practices and American Film Institute’s (AFI) internal Green Initiative and Green Seal programs, GFSA developed the “PEACHy,” a comprehensive list of relevant sustainable production actions broken out by department and category. Additionally, like its parent document, the PEACHy is aligned with Environmental Media Association’s "EMA Green Seal" program, to which a specific category for students to earn this third-party recognition has been added.

For their soft-launch, GFSA and SPA partnered with the Motion Picture Association to produce the online panel, “Film School Friday: Sustainability from Studios to Students,” which aired in October 2020. Following, the PEACHy was piloted. It was made available to any school in the alliance to use and was specifically trialed by all AFI students in the class of 20-21 to collect feedback and perfect it before its official debut. Further, the GFSA PEACHy launched simultaneously with EMA’s Student Green Seal on August 16, 2021, providing these resources and more, open-sourced, at SPA members will continue to support the school and student efforts.


GFSA includes representatives from 11 film schools

notably the first four and eight in total of the 2021 top 25 in the US:

American Film Institute (AFI)
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Chapman University
California State University – Long Beach (CSULB)
California State University – Northridge (CSUN)
Emerson College

Hussian College at LA Center Studios
New York Film Academy (NYFA)
New York University (NYU)
University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Southern California (USC)

Requirements to join GFSA are to a) be an organization engaged in film education, b) designate a production staff or faculty member to participate in GFSA meetings and c) incorporate sustainable measures into their student productions in line with the GFSA mission statement and PEACHy best practices and other GFSA tools.

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The PEACHy, based on the industry PEACH, includes best practices adapted for student film projects. Go through the document in prep to start your planning, and then again at wrap to find out what was achieved. The PEACHy also serves as an application for an Environmental Media Association Green Seal (just save and send to EMA to apply).

The EMA Green Seal for Students, a recognition program honoring progress in sustainable production designed specifically for scripted student projects, is launching simultaneously with GFSA’s PEACHy. Submit your PEACHy to apply.


Check out the reel and sustainable production report about how one student film went “green”.