Green Our Planet


“I couldn’t be more proud of Ciara Byrne, one of our 2019 #ObamaFellows, who not only helps students understand and learn science and math concepts, but also helps them understand the importance of taking care of our planet.”

-Michelle Obama, former First Lady

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based

Target Audience

All Students




Pre-K - 5

 Accomplished link

Program Impact

Since 2013, Green Our Planet has improved STEM education for over 130,000 students through implementing more than 220 school gardens and school hydroponics programs across the country.


Program Overview

Green Our Planet is a nonprofit education organization that runs the largest and most comprehensive STEM school garden and hydroponics programs in the United States. Green Our Planet uses school gardens and hydroponics as hands-on learning tools to increase student academic performance in STEM subjects. Green Our Planet’s programs are built upon standards-aligned STEM curricula for grades K-5, which also include lessons on nutrition, financial literacy and conservation. The experiential curricula empowers educators to help students connect STEM concepts to real-life applications using school gardens and indoor hydroponics.
How To Get Involved

In order to impact more students, Green Our Planet seeks businesses, foundations and organizations to financially support school garden or hydroponics STEM programs in their communities. Individuals can also donate to support improved STEM education through school gardens and hydroponics by visiting

Funders and Partners

Green Our Planet’s generous funders, partners and supporters include the following businesses and organizations: Switch, Consumer Technology Association, The Brees Dream Foundation, The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Obama Foundation. Please view a full list of our sponsors and supporters on our website.


Ciara Byrne

Co-Founder & Co-CEO


Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.