July 22 - July 26

Science, Stewardship, and Storytelling: An Exploration of Place and Service-Learning

Green Schools National Network and Conserve School invite you and your students to a week of service and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Latest Issue: Catalyst Quarterly

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

August 13 -August 15

Food for Thought

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

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

GSNN identifies 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.

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 www.greenteacher.com.

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 www.greenteacher.com.

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...

How to Design a Literacy Curriculum that Turns Curiosity into Understanding and Helps Kids Save the Environment

By. Katie Shenk, EL Education Turning on Curiosity Motors We all know children who become “obsessed” with sharks, rockets, butterflies, or dinosaurs. Their interests push them into books that seem too long, too hard, or more complex than they would choose if their own...

Sustainability Education Provides Authentic Learning Experiences in Science and Writing

By. Leona Williams, Brandywine School District Forwood Elementary School’s journey to becoming a green school started with a simple question. During a nutrition lesson led by a college intern, a student of mine asked, "How did you make the strawberry?" While...

Fostering Sustainable Intelligence through Hands-On Environmental Literacy Strategies in Austin Independent Schools

By. Abby Randall, EcoRise To foster environmental literacy for every student, at every grade level, sustainability education cannot be limited to after school programs and summer camps. It must be deeply embedded into the school day, in every classroom, in every...

Creating Sustainable Futures through Project-Based Learning at Yosemite High School

By. Katie Rogers, Strategic Energy Innovations At a school where some students aren’t even guaranteed their next meal, one teacher is creating a sustainable future for students and the planet alike.  Kahri Boykin teaches Green Technology and Energy Conservation...

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.