September 23, 2019

Hosted by our Western States Catalyst partners, this webinar will focus on two exciting ways that energy can become a foundation for your sustainability initiatives

October 17 - 18

Join Green Schools National Network and 2017 Best of Green Schools award recipient Prairie Crossing Charter School for a two-day exploration of the Power of Place: A Walk Through Time.

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.

March 30 - 31, 2020

Join Green Schools National Network and 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Award recipient Virginia Beach City Public Schools for a 1.5 day exploration of Sustainability Leadership: Driving Innovation for a Prosperous Future.

July 14, 2020 - July 27, 2020

GSNN Goes to Kenya! Join us on a 13‐day adventure designed for educators that follows the footsteps of the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. 

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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

The only peer reviewed publication dedicated to green, healthy, sustainable K-12 schools.

A Recipe for Change: D.C. Public Schools Overhauls School Food Program with Delicious Results

By. Sally Parker, D.C. Public Schools In 2007, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty set out to overhaul many of D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) processes, from curriculum to payroll. One of the areas in desperate need of improvement was food. Nutrition standards were...

The Menasha Model: Innovative Hydroponics and One Million Meals

By. Alex Tyink and Gil Shaw, Fork Farms When your school district serves over one million meals per year, your food service program impacts thousands of lives daily. So, when change happens, students, staff, parents, school board members, and your community must all...

Wanted! Technical Reviewers Needed for the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

Now’s your chance to play a role in bringing the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly to life! We are seeking technical reviewers to join our editorial team and help us review and provide critical feedback on content submitted for publication in the Green Schools...

Designing Water Purification for a Better World

By. Brian Acheson, Chelmsford High School How can students learn about engineering while engaging in a discussion about their impact on the world? Introducing empathy into the design of a simple water filter can get teenagers to think not only about themselves but...

GSNN Educator’s Toolbox: Events, Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for August 2019

Events and Competitions 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...

Sustainable Design for a Bountiful Future

By. Ben Wheeler   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #90, Fall 2010. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at

A Work in Progress: Design Thinking as a Framework for Developing and Leading New Approaches to Learning

By. Dina Sorensen and Maria Burke This brief essay isn’t intended to reiterate the long history of design thinking as best expressed by the brilliant David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford, as there are numerous resources readily available for...

New GSNN Board Member’s Environmentalist Mindset Informs Passion for Green School Design

By. Cyndy Merse, Director of Communications and Membership, Green Schools National Network William “Billy” Almond was destined to be an environmentalist. Born and raised on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Billy spent many hours of his childhood...

Human-Centered Design Drives Student Learning at One Stone

By. Caitlyn Scales, Allison Fowle, and Megan Kittridge What is One Stone? One Stone launched in 2008 as a nonprofit supporting after school experiential service opportunities for high school students (grades 9-12) seeking deep involvement in sustainable outcomes to...

Design Thinking and Student Travel: Tools to Craft a More Sustainable World

By. Adam White, Atlas Workshops To build a more sustainable planet we need new perspectives. We need to reframe the global challenges of climate change, consumption, and waste, and develop ideas that can change the way the world functions. Design thinking is an...

Dreaming a New Way to Teach STEM in K-12 Schools

By. Timothy B. Baird, Ed.D. DREAMS Education (Design, Research, Engineering, Art, Math, and Science) is one of the newest educational models to evolve out of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) movement. STEM’s roots go all the way back to the...

This Teacher Turned Her Holiday Wish List into a Buzzing Community Initiative

By. Rachel Felous This article was originally published on February 28, 2019 by Teton Science Schools. It's reprinted here with permission from Teton Science Schools and the author. View the original article here. It was over a snack time conversation that fourth...

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.