Institutional Memberships & Affiliations


HomeEconomic and Social Council of the United Nations

In 2015, Viridis Graduate Institute was granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations platform on economic and social issues. ECOSOC is one of the 6 principal organs of the United Nations System established by the UN Charter in 1945. It consists of 54 Members of the United Nations elected by the General Assembly.

It is responsible for:

  • promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
  • identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
  • facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and
  • encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Functional commissions of ECOSOC which Viridis Graduate Institute participates in include:

  • Commission for Social Development,
  • Commission on the Status of Women,
  • Commission for Population and Development,
  • Commission on Sustainable Development,
  • UN Forum on Forests, and
  • Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


HomeThe International Union for the Conservation of Nature

The President of Viridis Graduate Institute, Dr. Lori Pye is a member of IUCN’s Committee for Education and Communication (CEC).


UNESCO and United Nations Education for Sustainable Development

unesco-logo-150squareViridis Graduate Institute participates in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a more sustainable future, education being the main focus for VGI. The ESD offers oversight, advice, and coordination support to Member States, National Commissions, stakeholders, and UNESCO programs.




Alliance for Liberal Learning (ALL)

The mission of the Alliance for Liberal Learning (ALL) is to promote and support conversations about great works and ideas. ALL seeks to open the public imagination to the enduring value of lifelong liberal learning, which prepares us to live freely and well. ALL believes that the foundation of liberal education lies in active engagement with the ideas, insights and discoveries embodied in the world’s great books and works of art and science. ALL will bring together members of the general public, scholars, academic programs and institutions, businesses and other organizations promoting liberal arts education to share its work via seminars and discussions, conferences, online networks and sponsorship of events.



Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) 

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides a single source of nationally recognized accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Viridis Graduate Institute endorses the Earth Charter




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