From Our Executive Director: Equity and Justice Lead to Sustainability

Recent events have forced us to face that racism, police brutality, and systemic inequities continue to prevail. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others are symptoms of the unsustainable nature of our relationships. Over the past couple years, our partners have been pushing us to incorporate and lift up equity as a key focus of our work…

Virtual PD Workshop | July 15 – 17

Addressing Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future

This virtual PD workshop for high school teachers explores the implications of environmental pollution on our communities. Over the course of three, four-hour sessions, attendees will use the book, A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet Washington, as the anchor for a set of learning experiences that will shed light on how Americans of color are disproportionately harmed by environmental hazards.

Curated Virtual Learning Resources

Green Schools National Network remains steadfast in its commitment to provide K-12 schools and districts with the resources and support they need to educate for sustainability during this time of virtual learning. We have assembled a selection of age-appropriate lessons from our PD Collaborative Partners and others that are well-suited for virtual learning. 

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.

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healthy, sustainable K-12 schools

Schools and Districts

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

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Catalyst Quarterly

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

Using Existing Buildings as Teaching Tools: Investigating Indoor Environmental Quality at Adams 12 Five Star Schools

By. Shannon Oliver Walking the halls of North Mor Elementary School in Northglenn, Colorado, the design advisory group makes note of various building components for bond planning: movable partition walls (some of which don’t move well), operable windows that no longer...

Green Commuting Challenge

By. Duke Davidson   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #112, Winter 2017. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

Clean, Green Yellow School Bus Machines: A District’s Quest to Adopt a Propane-Fueled Fleet

By. Nathan Graf San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), located in San Antonio, Texas, operates around 145 daily school bus routes that serve almost 50,000 students. The diesel exhaust emitted by school buses that travel these routes each day is problematic...

From Our Executive Director: Equity and Justice Lead to Sustainability

To our community, Recent events have forced us to face that racism, police brutality, and systemic inequities continue to prevail. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others are symptoms of the unsustainable nature of our...

Biodiesel Fuels Real-World Learning at Rockwood Summit High School

By. Darrin Peters It was early in the spring semester of 2009. I was teaching a unit on hydrocarbons in my Organic Chemistry class at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Missouri. During a class discussion about hydrocarbons as a fuel source for vehicles, I...

Safe Routes to School: Making Green Transportation to School the Easy and Safe Choice

By. Emily Houser Green school advocates who aim to implement green, healthy, and sustainable practices at schools to accelerate student achievement can adopt principles and practices of Safe Routes to School to encourage green, healthy transportation to and from...

Get H(app)y! Outdoors: Tech Tools to Connect with the Natural World

Technology can be a powerful tool to teach young people about the natural world. When used responsibly, it can spark curiosity and wonder in the youngest of users and a drive to be better stewards of the planet in older children and adolescents. The shift to virtual...

Freaky Friday: How COVID-19 is Shaping One Michigan High School Senior’s Present and Future

By. Morgan Walker It was a normal Friday until it wasn’t. An announcement was made over the intercom that we would be moving to online classes for two weeks and that we would return to class after spring break. My friends and I joked around, saying that Friday would...

A Journey to Plant 1,000 Trees

By. Evan Nied Planting the Seed It may sound strange, but my motivation for starting Planting Shade was not a tree, but a hurricane.   In September 2018, I, like many others around the country, was following news of the numerous hurricanes that were threatening...

The Three P’s: How High School Students are Reinventing the Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability in Business

By. Naomi Asimow, TTriss Williams Renard, and Katie Rogers Youth around the world are asking big questions about how to make the world a better place. At the Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) in California, juniors in the Sustainable Enterprises...

Fun and Educational Outdoor Learning Experiences for Students and Their Families

The move to virtual learning means students are spending more time in front of computer screens. Why not break up screen time with a little family green time? While visiting some of our favorite outdoor spaces and places may not be possible right now, there’s plenty...

A Reel-y Authentic Food Truck

By. Daisy Sharrock and Liz Perry   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #110, Summer 2016. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.