I met some of the most amazing and progressive minds in the movement, they truly made the experience.
Through an annual national conference and as a result of year-round networking and partnerships, the Green Schools National Network has created a “culture of collaboration,” bringing together like-minded people committed to the creation and support of healthy, green and sustainable schools.
Our annual Green Schools National Conference has grown in terms of attendance and scope. We have attracted thought leaders and early adopters of green school best practices, and our participants benefit from the opportunity to work with others who are passionate about transforming schools and the way they operate. Our conference is designed to allow attendees to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools.
In the process, they also meet colleagues who share their passion and offer their own green schools experiences in a true collaborative event.Our recent conference in West Palm Beach,
FL also continued our modus operandi in planning these annual events. Not only do we work to attract attendees from across the country, our planning process includes the ‘locals’ – green school representatives, advocates, and support organizations based in and around the conference venue. In Florida, we worked closely with the Florida Green Schools Network in developing programming and showcasing success stories that would inspire and motivate conferees.
“I definitely need to say once more that this year’s conference was incredible! I was so inspired by every bit of it, especially the empowered young leaders!! This is how REAL change happens. In a world where we see so little of that happening, it is just awe inspiring to be involved in this crucial, life saving movement!!”
Conference at a Glance
Number of Attendees?
Where Did Attendees Come From?
45 States (10% increase from 2012 conference), District of Columbia and three Countries (Canada, Australia, Bahamas)
Account Executives, Administrators (School & District Level), After School Program Directors, Appliance/Refrigeration Technicians, Architects, Authors, Business Community Leaders, CFO/Business Managers, College Professors, Community Education Liaisons, Consultants, Corporate Partners, Curriculum Specialists, Custodial Supervisors, Development and Communications Specialists, Directors/Assistant Directors – Governmental Agency (EPA, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service), Directors of Facilities, Buildings & Grounds, Directors of Purchasing & Distribution, Directors/Assistant Directors - Non-Profit Agencies, Energy & Sustainability Managers/Officers/Coordinators, Environmental Educators, Environmental Protection Specialists, Environmental Services Managers, Finance Specialists, Food Service Personnel, Funders/Foundation Staff, General Managers of Corporations, Green Building Professionals, Green Initiatives Managers, Green Schools Coordinators, Green Team Coordinators, Health and Safety Associates, Nutrition & Wellness Managers, Operations Supervisors, Parents, Policymakers, School Board Members, School Nurses, Schoolyard Habitat Specialists, Teachers, Transportation Managers, Union Representatives
“I benefited from the tons of materials from other teachers, leaders, and environmental advocates to implement at my school.”
2013 Conference Highlights
Inspiring keynotes by Honest Tea TeaEO Seth Goldman and student activist Jordan Howard, among others;
Pre-conference excursions that got us out into the sun and sea air -- and reminded us what ‘green’ is all about;
Business sponsors like Office Depot (the #1 Greenest Large Retailer in America), which printed our amazing GSNC 2013 program; and
Powerful Solution Summits and breakout sessions presented by thought leaders and early crafters of best practices that are shaping our movement.
We have tremendous admiration for what you have achieved in putting together this amazing conference; creating community and resources for the Greening of Schools.