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

July 22 - July 26

Science, Stewardship, and Storytelling: An Exploration of Place and Service-Learning

Green Schools National Network and Conserve School invite you and your students to a week of service and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Throughout the week, participants will explore our relationship with the land and how it has evolved over time. We will investigate Science, Stewardship and Storytelling through Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Climate Change and invasive species removal. 

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Catalyst Quarterly

The only peer reviewed publication dedicated to the advancement of green, healthy, sustainable K-12 schools

Sustainability Education Provides Authentic Learning Experiences in Science and Writing

By. Leona Williams, Brandywine School District Forwood Elementary School’s journey to becoming a green school started with a simple question. During a nutrition lesson led by a college intern, a student of mine asked, "How did you make the strawberry?" While...

Fostering Sustainable Intelligence through Hands-On Environmental Literacy Strategies in Austin Independent Schools

By. Abby Randall, EcoRise To foster environmental literacy for every student, at every grade level, sustainability education cannot be limited to after school programs and summer camps. It must be deeply embedded into the school day, in every classroom, in every...

Creating Sustainable Futures through Project-Based Learning at Yosemite High School

By. Katie Rogers, Strategic Energy Innovations At a school where some students aren’t even guaranteed their next meal, one teacher is creating a sustainable future for students and the planet alike.  Kahri Boykin teaches Green Technology and Energy Conservation...

Sustainability with Post-it Notes

By. Elissa Brown   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #103, Summer 2014. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

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

Events 2019 Cornell Lab of Ornithology Summer K-12 Educator Retreat Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology education team in Ithaca, New York for a one-of-a-kind program, July 16 – 19, 2019. Participants will experience four days of activities, guest speakers, and field...

Collaborating and Innovating for a Brighter Future at Kellam High School

By. Chris Freeman, Kellam High School We have been wading into the waters of this new millennium for nineteen years. With this century well on its way, it’s surprising to see our education system is still focused on which 21st century skill sets students need to be...

Energy Solutions from Nature: Emulating the Vespa orientalis to Increase Efficiency of Solar Energy Output

By. Kirstin Bullington, Richland Two Institute of Innovation Designing with nature in mind holds the key for many of today’s pressing environmental problems. So, it’s only natural that students should learn how to apply the concepts of biomimicry when problem-solving...

Verizon Innovation Learning Lab Sparks 21st Century Learning at Whitewater Middle School

By. Nicole Sherrod-Hill, Whitewater Middle School Whitewater Middle School is breaking ground in more ways than one. The school, part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, is in the middle of a transition to becoming an E-STEM (Environmental Science, Technology,...

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.

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.