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.
Andra Yeghoian and Amy Frame The climate crisis is well underway and humans need to act fast to adapt to existing threats and mitigate the crisis before it spirals into global chaos (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 Reports, 2018 - 2022). The need...
Portland Public Schools (PPS) is a recognized leader in racial equity and sustainability, so it’s no surprise that the Oregon school district is also emerging as a leader in climate justice. The initial push was largely driven by student leaders who demanded a greater...
Joel Tolman and Amy Champagne, Common Ground High School (New Haven, Connecticut) This is the third blog in a Q&A blog series that features GSNN partners describing best practices and lessons learned on topics tied to each of the impact systems in the GreenPrint....