Educating in an Uncertain World: How GSNN Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think outside the box to deliver the best education possible to our students. For many, the last few weeks have been spent navigating unchartered territory, whether its practicing “social distancing” or figuring out how to move your classroom to the computer.

April 15th

Webinar | Curated Virtual Learning Resourecs

Designed for preK-12 educators, this interactive, 60-minute webinar highlights “best of the best” resources and curriculum that GSNN and its collaborators have curated for virtual and at-home 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.

May 11, 2020

Webinar | Preparing Students for Green Careers

Growth in careers within environmental and sustainability fields is expected to trend upward for the foreseeable future. This webinar will feature two school districts that are giving students opportunities to hone these skills.

March 30 - 31, 2020

Postponed: Site Seminar

Sustainability Leadership:  A Road Map for Driving Innovation Through the Triple Bottom Line has been postponed until further notice.

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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

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Educating in an Uncertain World: How GSNN Can Help

Just like that, the world of education has been turned on its head. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think outside the box to deliver the best education possible to our students. For many, the last few weeks have been spent navigating unchartered territory,...

My 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo Experience

By. Lacetia Walker I sat in anxious anticipation as the wheels of the plane smoothly touched down on the tarmac. It was a week of firsts for me: My first visit to Portland, Oregon, my first layover in Las Vegas, and my first opportunity to attend the Green Schools...

A Hybrid Green Building Inspires Student Learning

By. Joan Leavens and Greg Thiel It’s been said that if you move your body, you move your mind. So, it stands to reason that if you move into a carefully designed, inspiring, cheerful, collaborative environment, your mind will be moved in ways that you never previously...

Green Building: Tools for the Future

By. Susy Ellison   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #110, Summer 2016. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at

Student-Driven Solar: How West Bloomfield High School Students Powered Their Science Department with Solar Electricity

By. Joshua Barclay Introduction Connecting solar energy to a school or campus electrical grid has benefits well beyond carbon emission reductions that result from replacing fossil fuels with solar. In many areas, school districts and other tax-exempt organizations can...

Seeking Student Artists and Poets for Summer 2020 Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly!

Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is seeking student artwork and poetry to feature in the Summer 2020 issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly. The Summer 2020 issue marks the first time that we will be prominently featuring student work in one of our...

Math on the Playground

By. Jan Cohen and Tiffany Briery Place-based math learning is a topic that deserves attention. Whether at a park, community space, historic site, museum, or playground, place-based math experiences spark student interest, reinforce mathematical thinking, excite...

2020 Best of Green Schools Winners Recognized at the Green Schools Conference and Expo

On March 2, 2020, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, in collaboration with Green Schools National Network, recognized the 2020 Best of Green Schools Award recipients onstage during the Green Schools Awards Luncheon at the Green Schools...

Family Engagement: How It Looks Different (and is the Same) at a Green High School

By. Joel Tolman A person can get a little overwhelmed just listening to all the ways Mrs. Montreal Johnson-Godley has been involved at Common Ground High School this fall. She attended a new family night with two of her children who transferred to Common Ground this...

GSNN Educator’s Toolbox: Events, Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for February 2020

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...

Creating Earth Adventures: Self-Guided Programs to Connect Children with Nature

By. Alan Warner   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #85, Summer 2009. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at

Embracing Gender Diversity at Oak Park Unified School District

By. Jay Greenlinger Climate of Care Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) has a history of breaking from the norm. Whether it’s being named the first U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District in California (2013) or adopting an elementary literacy...

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. 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.