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Catalyst Quarterly

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Justice for All: Art is a Powerful Tool for Advocacy

By. Anne Vilen, EL Education In Braiding Sweetgrass, plant ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer asks this profound question: “Isn’t this the purpose of education, to learn the nature of your own gifts and how to use them for good in the world” (Kimmerer, 2013, p. 239)? For...

Math Trails Reveal the Beauty of Numbers and Patterns in Nature

By. Jan Cohen, Founder, UrbanMathTrails Math trails in nature are creative and authentic activities that stimulate student engagement and foster enthusiasm for math and the outdoors. They arouse interest by stimulating spontaneous observation among children of the...

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

Events American Forest Kindergarten Association 2019 Conference The 2nd Annual American Forest Kindergarten Association Conference will be held August 9 – 11, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School in Maple Valley, Washington. Learn valuable “tools of the trade” for best...


By. Alan Warner   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #98, Winter 2012 – 2013. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

Art and Biomimicry Collide to Create Discovery Elementary School’s “Nature’s Hideout”

By. Maria Cuzzocrea Burke, Discovery Elementary School “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ―...

GSNN Educator’s Toolbox Spring 2019 Catalyst Edition: Events, Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for March

Events Green Schools Conference and Expo Make plans now to join fellow green schools advocates in St. Paul, Minnesota April 8 – 9, 2019 for the ninth annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE)! GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players...

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...

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.