Educating for a
is no longer an option;
it’s a necessity.
In many American schools, students are learning 21st century skills without the necessary experiences to prepare them for shaping the 22nd century and beyond.
A GreenPrint™ for becoming
a healthy, equitable, and sustainable school.
Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is dedicated to whole-school and whole–district sustainability that shifts the paradigm needed to transform your culture so that your students become changemakers, not just test-takers, who are prepared to live in and lead a sustainable future.
From test-takers to changemakers
Shaping schools and school districts where all students thrive as whole human beings and learn to steward the environments and communities in which they live is our mission and our passion
What is a Green School?
A Network Partner is a school or school district that is intentional about where, what, and how students learn to create a sustainable future:
- A healthy environment, a place for students and staff to grow with clean air and water in an energy-efficient building, as well as nurturing food and plenty of exercise
- Equitable access to resources and opportunities for all students through a curriculum that builds students’ cultural competence, compassion, and leadership skills
- A school-wide, interdisciplinary focus on sustainability that empowers students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to preserve and steward their school, communities, and planet
Holistic Impact Systems
Our GreenPrint™ offers a road map for holistic transformation based on four key systems:
This system integrates sustainability into the vision and mission and creates policies and procedures to support that vision and mission.
Culture & Climate
Curriculum & Instruction
Get on board to change the world,
one school, one district at a time.
“The Network provides the foundation for a symbiotic approach to sustainability and education”
“As a result, our students are more confident about who they are and empowered to make a positive difference for themselves, their environment, and their communities.”
Educators share their stories about the impact green schools have on students, families, communities and our shared home on Earth.
Waste reduction is a big deal for K-12 schools – and schools produce a lot of waste! To meet sustainability goals, schools may add a recycling program, or even a composting program if local infrastructure allows. Now, more schools are beginning to aim for zero waste –...
Nora Stewart, Friends of the Earth As the climate crisis intensifies, the need to make healthier and climate-friendly food choices is more urgent than ever. How? Changing what’s on school menus is a great place to start! School food is a daily source of nourishment...
Q&A with a Network Partner: Supporting a Diverse and Inclusive School Community at Centreville Elementary School
Josh Douds, Jennifer Killingsworth, and Rachel Forte, Centreville Elementary School (Centreville, Virginia) Throughout the upcoming months, we will be running a Q&A blog series that features GSNN partners describing best practices and lessons learned on topics...
“GSNN Statement on the Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas”
“Join us in lifting your voice to demand change. Demand more funding for mental health services; demand a registry for gun ownership; mandatory background checks for all gun purchases; and demand a ban on automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.” – Read Full Article