August 13 - 15

Food for Thought

This education for sustainability seminar will use food production systems as an integrated inquiry for elementary school teachers.

Latest Issue: Catalyst Quarterly

The Summer 2019 issue of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly is now available.

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.

October 17 - 18

Join Green Schools National Network and 2017 Best of Green Schools award recipient Prairie Crossing Charter School for a two-day exploration of the Power of Place: A Walk Through Time.

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.

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Catalyst Quarterly

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

Human-Centered Design Drives Student Learning at One Stone

By. Caitlyn Scales, Allison Fowle, and Megan Kittridge What is One Stone? One Stone launched in 2008 as a nonprofit supporting after school experiential service opportunities for high school students (grades 9-12) seeking deep involvement in sustainable outcomes to...

Design Thinking and Student Travel: Tools to Craft a More Sustainable World

By. Adam White, Atlas Workshops To build a more sustainable planet we need new perspectives. We need to reframe the global challenges of climate change, consumption, and waste, and develop ideas that can change the way the world functions. Design thinking is an...

Dreaming a New Way to Teach STEM in K-12 Schools

By. Timothy B. Baird, Ed.D. DREAMS Education (Design, Research, Engineering, Art, Math, and Science) is one of the newest educational models to evolve out of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) movement. STEM’s roots go all the way back to the...

This Teacher Turned Her Holiday Wish List into a Buzzing Community Initiative

By. Rachel Felous This article was originally published on February 28, 2019 by Teton Science Schools. It's reprinted here with permission from Teton Science Schools and the author. View the original article here. It was over a snack time conversation that fourth...

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

Events 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo Save the date! The tenth annual Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, March 2 – 4, 2020. Registration for the conference will open in Fall 2019. 2019 Drawdown...

Finding a Place for Science

By. Sarah Hackworth and Ana Houseal   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #112, Winter 2017. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at

Capstone Projects Provide Stability in a Tumultuous School Year

By. Skylar Primm, High Marq Environmental Charter School I teach at High Marq Environmental Charter School in Montello, Wisconsin, an area surrounded by lakes and rivers. As an outdoor educator, I am quite used to adapting my practice to whatever Wisconsin’s weather...

Lasting Learning, Real Impact through Project-Based Learning

By. Suzie Boss, PBLWorks Across diverse contexts, I regularly meet students who are taking action to build a more sustainable future. Whether it’s first-graders designing a rain garden for their playground, middle schoolers educating adults about composting, or high...

Empowering Rural Students to Connect with Legacy Industries

By. Korah Soll, Rural Aspirations Project In Maine, our roots are entwined in three major legacy industries: fishing, farming, and forestry. Our use of natural resources has been, and continues to be, an integral part of community vitality. There are 1.3 million...

Fostering Environmental Literacy at Environmental Charter Schools

By. Tashanda Giles-Jones, Environmental Charter Schools Defining environmental literacy is crucial when you are cultivating a curriculum that fosters a sustainable school culture. According to California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, “An environmentally...

Rooting Readers in the Literary Garden

By. Jennifer McQuillan   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #114, Fall 2017. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at

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

Events 2019 Cornell Lab of Ornithology Summer K-12 Educator Retreat Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology education team in Ithaca, New York for a one-of-a-kind program, July 16 – 19, 2019. Participants will experience four days of activities, guest speakers, and field...

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.


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.