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Green Schools National Network Welcomes Two New Members to Board of Directors

Green Schools National Network (GSNN) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to our Board of Directors, Lennie Scott-Webber and Michelle Carpenter. Lennie and Michelle’s expertise in educational space design and marketing, respectively, will add...

A School’s Journey Along the Road to Educating for Sustainability

By. Josh Douds, Centreville Elementary School At first sight, Centreville Elementary School (CES), located in Fairfax County, Virginia, is your typical brick and mortar school building. However, upon further inspection one discovers a school filled with innovative...

New Online Course to Help K-12 School Leaders Build Road Map for Sustainability

By. David DenHartog, Green Schools National Network Inspired by Dr. Lisa Kensler’s book, Leadership for Green Schools (2018), a new online course dedicated to sustainability and green, healthy practices is being developed for K-12 school leaders. The course is being...

Leading the Way Toward a Student-Centered Culture of Sustainability

By. Jay Greenlinger, Oak Park Unified School District Sustainability is embedded in the way we do things at Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD). Our solar arrays provide more than 80% of our electricity, and our kitchens create scratch cooked meals. We have...

Fostering Leadership for Sustainability

By. Patricia Armstrong   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #101, Winter 2013 – 2014. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

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

Professional Development Be a Catalyst for Change…Become a Green Schools National Network Member The green schools movement is the most critical education reform initiative of our time. Through the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) membership program, you can show...

Oak Park Unified School District holds sustainability summit to plan district’s environmental future

Seydel: ‘We’re dealing with age-old problems, but our climate has already moved on’ By. Olivia Buccieri, editor-in-chief, Oak Park Talon This story was published by the Oak Park Talon on January 30, 2019 and is re-posted here with their permission. You can read...

Marin School of Environmental Leadership – Shaping Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders

By. Michelle Laurie and Ally Teper, Marin School of Environmental Leadership “In middle school, I would have never dreamed that I’d be running my own business at 16. I never expected myself to be doing the things I’ve done until much later in life actually. It’s all...

Room to Root: At Boise High School, A Nearby Vacant Block Has Sprouted a Project-Based Learning Movement

By. Alison Ward, Boise High School It was warm by early afternoon, seventh period, the final trip to the farm for the year. The admittedly acrid smell had receded fivefold into the last warmth of autumn, but the compost pile still needed work. “Well, at least you...

The Roots of Inclusion at Prairie Crossing

By. Melissa Plucinski and Robb Freeman, Prairie Crossing Charter School In the spring of 2017, an idea sprouted during a first/second-grade team meeting at Prairie Crossing Charter School, located in Grayslake, Illinois. The teachers were hoping to repurpose their...

21st Century Learning with a Focus on Place-Based Service-Learning at Mulberry School

By. Jane Murphy, M.A., Assistant Head of Mulberry School Mulberry School, a private school in Los Gatos, California that serves approximately 200 students, was founded in 1963 with strong progressive roots and a philosophically based experiential approach to learning....

School Food Gardens in Multicultural Inner-city Settings

By. Sunday Harrison   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #84, Winter 2008 – 2009. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

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 Network

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.