AFI Among Top Film Schools Launching The Green Film School Alliance – American Film Institute


AFI Among Top Film Schools Launching The Green Film School Alliance

AFI is proud to celebrate today’s launch of the The Green Film School Alliance (GFSA). The AFI Conservatory is among the eleven founding film schools from across the nation that are uniting to integrate industry-level sustainable production practices into their programs and committing to bringing common language, standards and tools to their educational institutions. GFSA 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.

Achieving this nationwide alliance began in June 2020 when the founding member schools teamed up with the Sustainable Production Alliance – a consortium of the world’s leading film, television and streaming companies (Amazon Studios, Amblin Partners, Disney, Fox Corporation, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Participant Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia) – to incorporate sustainability into their production programs and develop resources for all film students.

Together, a new student checklist was created called the PEACHy, modeled after a student version of the industry standard PEACH (Production Environmental Actions CHecklist) and AFI’s internal Green Initiative and Green Seal programs. It is used to help standardize practices across schools and train filmmakers for future studio jobs. 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, which makes it possible for students who attend a school that doesn’t have a sustainability program to use this checklist as a tool to run their own green set and get recognized for it. The PEACHy comprehensive list of relevant sustainable production actions broken out by department and category is available as of today, open-sourced, at

“SPA and PGA Green have been working toward sustainable production solutions for more than a decade. Collaborating with the GFSA founding schools to get these aligned principles and practices into their programs is an exciting and significant next step,” says Heidi Kindberg, Director of Sustainability, HBO & HBOMax. “As these and future film students graduate, they can finally make ‘sustainable production’ a misnomer – it’ll just be ‘production’.”


Watch a conversation about sustainability in production with the Motion Picture Association, Green Production Guide, Producers Guild of America, Sustainable Production Alliance and the Green Film School Alliance. The panel features sustainability experts speaking from studio, producer, professor and student perspectives.


To learn more about GFSA, contact [email protected]

To learn more about the AFI Conservatory, visit

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