Scholarship Available

October 17 – 18, 2019, Scholarships are now available for the site seminar at Prairie Crossing Charter School. a two-day exploration of the Power of Place: A Walk Through Time.

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. 

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

Schools and Districts

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

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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.

Learning from Nature: SEI’s Biomimicry Curriculum Sparks Innovation in the Classroom

By. Katie Rogers, Strategic Energy Innovations Burs nestled in dog fur. The beak of the Kingfisher bird. Shark skin. These natural phenomena inspired the innovative design of Velcro, bullet trains, and Olympic swimsuits, respectively. Look closely and you will see...

Biomimicry Empowers Students with GreenSTEM Learning Experiences

By. Laura Arndt, Global GreenSTEM and Gretchen Hooker, Biomimicry Institute “Educators and noneducators were astounded, intrigued, and immediately curious about the natural world. There is no doubt that nature is the consummate engineer, problem solver, and artist....

Planting the Seeds of a Sustainable Future at Spark-Y

By. Carley Rice, Spark-Y In many ways, empowering youth is a lot like tending a garden. Where a garden needs water, sunlight, and pollinators, a student needs attention, trust, responsibility, and encouragement. At Spark-Y our mission, at its core, is to empower...

Farm to Table Rules at Lost River

By. Marcia Schlottmann and Meghan Miller, Lost River Junior-Senior High School Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School in Merrill, Oregon know where their food comes from. They eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their own chickens, and tomatoes raised...

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

Events and Competitions 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo The tenth annual Green Schools Conference and Expo will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon, March 2 – 4, 2020. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and network with...

Rethinking Lunchtime: Making Lunch an Integral Part of Education

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

Food as Culture: Building Community and a Sustainable Future through Agriculture Education at Cameron High School

By. Mark Swiger, Sustainability and Education Consultant When Cameron High School in Cameron, West Virginia was recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in 2013 it came as no surprise to anyone familiar with the school. The small, rural public...

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...

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.

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.