Leading Green Schools Online Course

Want to learn more about whole school sustainability? Green Schools National Network and Auburn University have co-developed the first online learning resource for education leaders who aspire to lead with sustainability in mind.

March 30 - 31, 2020

Join Green Schools National Network and 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Award recipient Virginia Beach City Public Schools for a 1.5 day exploration of Sustainability Leadership: Driving Innovation for a Prosperous Future.

July 14, 2020 - July 27, 2020

GSNN Goes to Kenya! Join us on a 13‐day adventure designed for educators that follows the footsteps of the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. 

Leading the movement in creating green,
healthy, sustainable K-12 schools

Schools and Districts

GSNN identifies schools and districts in every state that are leading the charge to become green, healthy sustainability models.

Membership

Show your support for transformational change for green schools everywhere.

Catalyst Quarterly

The only peer reviewed publication dedicated to green, healthy, sustainable K-12 schools.

Celebrating Diversity is Not Enough

By. Susan Santone Celebrate diversity: This familiar phrase invites us to find joy in our uniqueness, inspiring many a workshop, T-shirt, poster, and bumper sticker. But there’s one thing diversity isn’t: a solution to educational inequities. That takes structural...

GSNN Educator’s Toolbox: Events, Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for October 2019

Events and Competitions 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo The eleventh annual Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, March 2 – 4, 2020. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and network with...

Butterflies and Biomimicry

By. Karen McDonald   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #99, Spring 2013. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

Submit Your Nomination for the 2020 Best of Green Schools Awards

Green Schools National Network is excited to partner again with the Center for Green Schools at USGBC to co-present the Best of Green Schools 2020. The Best of Green Schools celebrates the hard work being done—by people, schools, campuses, and organizations—to...

Bringing Biomimicry to Oak Park: One Approach to Integrating Biomimicry into the K-12 Curriculum

By. Winnie Litten, Oak Park High School I first fell in love with biomimicry while attending a county-wide science leadership meeting in February 2017. I was there in my capacity as science department chair at Oak Park High School in California’s Oak Park Unified...

Registration is now open for the 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo!

2020 Conference will feature Danni Washington as the opening keynote speaker Registration is now open for individuals and groups for the 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE). The event will be held March 2 - 4, 2020 in Portland, Oregon at the Hilton...

Learning from Nature: SEI’s Biomimicry Curriculum Sparks Innovation in the Classroom

By. Katie Rogers, Strategic Energy Innovations Burs nestled in dog fur. The beak of the Kingfisher bird. Shark skin. These natural phenomena inspired the innovative design of Velcro, bullet trains, and Olympic swimsuits, respectively. Look closely and you will see...

Biomimicry Empowers Students with GreenSTEM Learning Experiences

By. Laura Arndt, Global GreenSTEM and Gretchen Hooker, Biomimicry Institute “Educators and noneducators were astounded, intrigued, and immediately curious about the natural world. There is no doubt that nature is the consummate engineer, problem solver, and artist....

Planting the Seeds of a Sustainable Future at Spark-Y

By. Carley Rice, Spark-Y In many ways, empowering youth is a lot like tending a garden. Where a garden needs water, sunlight, and pollinators, a student needs attention, trust, responsibility, and encouragement. At Spark-Y our mission, at its core, is to empower...

Farm to Table Rules at Lost River

By. Marcia Schlottmann and Meghan Miller, Lost River Junior-Senior High School Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School in Merrill, Oregon know where their food comes from. They eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their own chickens, and tomatoes raised...

GSNN Educator’s Toolbox: Events, Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for September 2019

Events and Competitions 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo The tenth annual Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, March 2 – 4, 2020. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and network with...

Rethinking Lunchtime: Making Lunch an Integral Part of Education

By. Michael K. Stone   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #84, Winter 2008 – 2009. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is a peer reviewed digital magazine that highlights evidence-based practices for replication in green, healthy, sustainable schools. It explores issues in-depth, including qualitative and quantitative research, and includes columns that report on and explore emergent issues.

Membership

GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders (like you!) who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are transforming schools across the country.

Catalyst Schools and Districts

The Catalyst Network works with schools and school districts to document and replicate best practices that demonstrate how sustainability is driving innovation in K-12 education. This project is designed to demonstrate how educators are thinking beyond current models of high stakes tests and evaluation to engage faculty, staff, and students in problem solving, systems thinking, deep conceptual understanding, creativity, and innovation to implement sustainability initiatives.