Educating for a
sustainable future
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.

Our Solution

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

This system shapes and influences behaviors and mindsets within the school community through programs, structures, and systems that support core beliefs about health, equity, and sustainability.

Curriculum & Instruction

This system reflects what is taught and how. It includes the design or adoption of sustainability curricula to ensure all students have equitable opportunities to learn and lead.


This system is responsible for creating and operating indoor and outdoor learning environments that support the vision, mission and core beliefs of the community related to health, equity, and sustainability.

Get on board to change the world,
one school, one district at a time.

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“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.”

– Geoff Deigan
Executive Director, Prairie Crossing Charter School

Featured GreenNotes

Educators share their stories about the impact green schools have on students, families, communities and our shared home on Earth.

COVID-19 lessons learned at Carson City School District

COVID-19 lessons learned at Carson City School District

Written by: Mark Korinek, Director of Operations and Sustainability at Carson City School District The year 2020 was a test for us at Carson City School District (CCSD). Every day we were learning. Every day was a pivot. Every day we were reacting to new infections....

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Bring Green Justice To Our Schools

We are raising funds to incorporate green justice into K-12 Green Ambassador programs across the country. You have the opportunity to help schools in our Network with high percentages of children from low-income families. Your gift will empower us to support the development and growth of Green Ambassador programs by integrating lessons at the intersection of social justice, environmental justice, and planetary stewardship.

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