Curated Virtual Learning Resources

Green Schools National Network remains steadfast in its commitment to provide K-12 schools and districts with the resources and support they need to educate for sustainability during this time of virtual learning. We have assembled a selection of age-appropriate lessons from our PD Collaborative Partners and others that are well-suited for virtual learning. 

Virtual PD Workshop| June 17 – 19

We All Live in a Watershed: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and Its Impact on Living Systems

Over the course of three, four-hour sessions, attendees will take part in synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences that demonstrate how “We All Live in a Watershed!”, connecting backyards, schoolyards, and communities.

Virtual PD Workshop | June 24 – 26

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Pollinators All Around Us!

Over the course of three, four-hour sessions, attendees will learn how to translate their students’ observations into burning questions that will help them understand the importance of pollinators in an ecosystem and in our food system.

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.

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.

Leading the movement in creating green,
healthy, sustainable K-12 schools

Schools and Districts

Schools and districts in every state that are leading the charge to become green, healthy sustainability models.

Membership

Show your support for transformational change for green schools everywhere.

Catalyst Quarterly

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

Safe Routes to School: Making Green Transportation to School the Easy and Safe Choice

By. Emily Houser Green school advocates who aim to implement green, healthy, and sustainable practices at schools to accelerate student achievement can adopt principles and practices of Safe Routes to School to encourage green, healthy transportation to and from...

Get H(app)y! Outdoors: Tech Tools to Connect with the Natural World

Technology can be a powerful tool to teach young people about the natural world. When used responsibly, it can spark curiosity and wonder in the youngest of users and a drive to be better stewards of the planet in older children and adolescents. The shift to virtual...

Freaky Friday: How COVID-19 is Shaping One Michigan High School Senior’s Present and Future

By. Morgan Walker It was a normal Friday until it wasn’t. An announcement was made over the intercom that we would be moving to online classes for two weeks and that we would return to class after spring break. My friends and I joked around, saying that Friday would...

A Journey to Plant 1,000 Trees

By. Evan Nied Planting the Seed It may sound strange, but my motivation for starting Planting Shade was not a tree, but a hurricane.   In September 2018, I, like many others around the country, was following news of the numerous hurricanes that were threatening...

The Three P’s: How High School Students are Reinventing the Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability in Business

By. Naomi Asimow, TTriss Williams Renard, and Katie Rogers Youth around the world are asking big questions about how to make the world a better place. At the Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) in California, juniors in the Sustainable Enterprises...

Fun and Educational Outdoor Learning Experiences for Students and Their Families

The move to virtual learning means students are spending more time in front of computer screens. Why not break up screen time with a little family green time? While visiting some of our favorite outdoor spaces and places may not be possible right now, there’s plenty...

A Reel-y Authentic Food Truck

By. Daisy Sharrock and Liz Perry   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #110, Summer 2016. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

Girls Who Code Can Change the World

By. Madeline Levine “We have to teach [girls] to be brave in schools and early in their careers, when it has the most potential to impact their lives and the lives of others, and we have to show them that they will be loved and accepted not for being perfect but for...

Educating in an Uncertain World: Virtual Learning Resources for Sustainability-Minded Educators

Since our last COVID-19 blog update, GSNN staff have been hard at work mining our resource database and those of our PD Collaborative Partners to curate a selection of age-appropriate lessons that are suited for virtual learning. These resources were vetted using a...

Five Quick and Easy DIY Projects for Environmental Entrepreneurship

By. Quilen Blackwell More and more students are expressing interest in entrepreneurship, especially in environmental fields.  As an educator, you know that incorporating more entrepreneurial activities in your classroom would be a great way to tap into your...

The Next Best Thing: Preparing Students for Work in the 21st and 22nd Centuries

By. Drew Hirshon Innovation, by definition, is making something new or better. In essence, education is in an innovative state because the world is transforming before our eyes. If we as educators don’t evolve, we will be sending our students into the workforce...

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,...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Membership

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.