The Green Film School Alliance (GFSA) is a collaboration of academic leaders committed to providing and teaching industry-standard sustainable tools to help students reduce the environmental impact of content production. We are supported by the Sustainable Production Alliance and the Producers Guild of America Green


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.


November 2022

October 2022 

  • Twenty-four student projects from five schools (AFI, NYU, UCLA, the University of Arizona, and the University of New Orleans) earned an EMA Green Seal for Students
  • The first student film to use GFSA’s tool, Shedding Angels, received a Bronze Medal at the Student Academy Awards in the Narrative category.

September 2022

  • GFSA launched its Student Ambassador initiative with seven school representatives

August 2021

  • GFSA’s PEACHy launched simultaneously with EMA’s Green Seal for Students
  • Eight of the eleven founding schools are among THR’s Top 25 American Film Schools, notably the first four among them

October 2020





Notably the top nine in The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Top Film Schools

American Film Institute (AFI) 

American University

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 

Cal Poly Humboldt

California State University – Long Beach (CSULB

California State University – Northridge (CSUN)

Chapman University 

Columbia University

Emerson College

Hussian College at LA Center Studios 

International Academy of Film and Media - Bangladesh

Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

New York Film Academy (NYFA

New York University (NYU

Occidental College

Pratt Institute

South African Film Academy

Southern Oregon University

Stony Brook University

Sundance Collab

Temple University

UMass Amherst

University of Arizona

University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA

University of North Georgia

University of Southern California (USC)

Vancouver Film School (VFS)

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.

For additional information contact and follow us on Instagram @greenfilmschoolalliance

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”.