Announcing the 2021 Green Schools Summits

Green Schools National Network and The Center for Green Schools will be hosting the 2021 Green Schools Summits – four virtual summits specifically designed for school leaders, educators, building industry professionals, and facilities and sustainability leaders. 

Bring Green Justice

Funds raised through GSNN will strengthen and expand the programs at our model schools and allow GSNN to document the curriculum so it can be replicated in other schools across the country. 

The Path Forward: Why Whole School Sustainability Matters in a COVID-19 World

In this special issue of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterlywe explore the vital role that green, healthy, and sustainable schools will play in a COVID-19 world and why education for sustainability is an investment in the future of education.

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.

Rethinking School Transportation for a Sustainable Future

In the Summer 2020 Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, learn how Safe Routes to School programs and innovations in school transportation systems are changing the way we think about the daily commute to school.

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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.

Capital City Public Charter School Cultivates Food and Culture with Edible Forest Garden

By. Ryoko Yamamoto School gardens are popping up at schools across the United States, and for good reason. These “outdoor classrooms” nourish students’ minds and bodies by serving up delicious produce for school meals and snacks, as well as lessons in math, science,...

Cooking Up a Passion for Local Food: Farm to Table Class Introduces Students to Maine’s Agricultural Bounty

By. Jennifer Crandall Sometimes the best things are right in your own backyard.  I took over the Family and Consumer Science position at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, Maine a few years ago after spending 20 years teaching in alternative...

Stormwater Stewards

By. Steve Braun, Ted Hart, and Kirk Ordway   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #101, Winter 2013 – 2014. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

One Water, One Amazing School: Texas Elementary School Embodies Water Conservation Inside and Out

By. Nick Dornak The Texas IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Many quaint, small towns that once dotted the area’s landscape – well-known for the Balcones Escarpment, an eye-catching geologic...

Announcing the 2021 Green Schools Summits

In the coming year, green school champions from around the world will have the opportunity to connect with each other and build their skills through virtual events that rise to the quality and depth that they have come to expect from our Green Schools Conference. The...

From Gray to Green: Transforming Milwaukee Schoolyards to Stem Runoff, Inspire Outdoor Learning

By. Angeline Koch Impervious surfaces or hardscapes such as asphalt, sidewalks, and concrete playgrounds characterize much of the built environment. So much so, in fact, that we no longer notice how these surfaces shape the contours of the urban landscape. Impervious...

Conserving Water in the Arid West: A New Staff Role at Adams 12 Five Star Schools Helps District Reduce Water Use and Save Money

By. Shannon Oliver and Justin Price Between July 31 and mid-November 2020, the Pine Gulch Fire, the Cameron Peak Fire, and the East Troublesome Fire consumed 541,732 acres of grassland and forest in Colorado. Individually, they are the three largest fires in state...

Rain Water as a Resource: Scaling Rainwater Resiliency in San Mateo County Schools

By. Reid Bogert Twenty-three school districts serve over 130 schools in San Mateo County. From a watershed standpoint, these are interesting numbers. Why? School campuses contain a significant amount of impervious landscape, such as paved playgrounds, parking lots,...

GSNN is #GivingGreenJustice: Meet T.A. Brown Elementary School

At Green Schools National Network, we want to expand our focus on green justice education. We want to redefine and shift the levers of power to those who are often left out of the conversation when we talk about green, equitable, and sustainable schools. GivingTuesday...

Growing Environmental Hope Amid a Pandemic

By. Helen Corveleyn, Lauren Madden, and Louise Ammentorp   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #124, Summer 2020. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

GSNN is #GivingGreenJustice: Meet Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood

At Green Schools National Network, we want to expand our focus on green justice education. We want to redefine and shift the levers of power to those who are often left out of the conversation when we talk about green, equitable, and sustainable schools. For this...

The New “Healthy”: Creating Emotionally Safe Learning Environments for Students and Teachers

By. Wendy Turner, M.Ed. What does it mean to be healthy at school? There’s the physical space to consider – ensuring school buildings are clean, safe, and conducive to learning and teaching – as well as occupant health and well-being. However, in the context of a...

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.