Green Schools National Network

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) has initiated a communication initiative to reach all school superintendents, school principals, school business officers, and school teachers across the nation within the next year and sustain communication with them through social media, monthly newsletters, and a quarterly journal.  To support this effort, GSNN is seeking original content for the following:

Click the links above to learn more about publication-specific writing guidelines and submission information.

All authors should adhere to these General Guidelines:

General Guidelines for GSNN Authors

Who We Are

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) works with educators, government and non-governmental organizations and agencies, as well as private partners to create broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States. Founded by principals, superintendents, and teachers, GSNN is devoted to accelerating student achievement through the implementation of green, healthy and sustainable practices as outlined in our GreenPrint® for Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Schools.


GSNN provides K-12 teachers, administrators, leaders, and professionals with evidence-based resources and tools to maximize financial and natural resources; improve the health and well-being of staff and students; and prepare student with the knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.


Target Audience

GSNN’s audience consists of K-12 teachers, school administrators, facilities staff, green schools advocates, and partners in the business and nonprofit sectors who are invested in the green schools movement.



GSNN is looking for content that is informative and grounded in quantitative and qualitative evidence.  We will prioritize case studies, stories that are embedded in best practices, and other articles that demonstrate impact on one specific pillar or multiple pillars of a green, healthy, sustainable school (decreasing the environmental footprint of schools and school districts; health and well-being; and curriculum that advances environmental and sustainability literacy).  Preference will be given to content that has a professional, yet relaxed tone that addresses topics in a way that appeals to, and can be understood by, a wide range of audiences.


Call for Papers

GSNN is seeking original content for the following:

  • Blog
  • GreenNotes monthly newsletter
  • Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly


Click the links above to learn more about publication specific writing guidelines and submission information.


Do Not Send

GSNN will not publish articles that have a political bias, endorsements of specific products and services, and rants or inflammatory opinion pieces.  GSNN has the authority to reject articles it deems inappropriate for publication.


Be Transparent

GSNN values honesty from its writers in order to produce credible content grounded in best practices.    If you are in any way connected to a story you are writing, please disclose this information upfront for the reader.  This includes revealing any material relationships (e.g., the subject is an employer or employee).



GSNN prioritizes content that is written exclusively for the Network’s publications.  You are more than welcome to promote the content on your website and on social media, just as long as you link back to GSNN.



The publication of articles that tell the story and provide information about research and practice in the green schools movement is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author, the institutions that support him or her, and the Green Schools National Network.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the study or topic.

Originality and Plagiarism

The author should ensure that he or she has written entirely original works, and if the author has used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not publish an exact manuscript via GSNN.  We will consider, however, a modified version on the same research or topic if it is relevant to our audience.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of sources is required for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Reporting Standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance.

Green Schools National Network Blog

Blog posts should address one or more of the themes based on the core practices found in the GSNN GreenPrint.  A list of these themes can be found here: https://greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org/green-print.


Additional blog guidelines:

  • Blogs should be between 500 – 800 words in length.
  • Include a headline/title.
  • Narrative or essay in first or third person perspective.
  • 1-2 sentence bio for each of the authors.
  • Include live links to related/supporting material and/or suggest resources or tools of interest.
  • A minimum of 1 photo is required.
    • Images must be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide.
    • Include the source of the image so credit can be assigned.
    • Please do not embed images in the body of the document.


Submission guidelines for blog posts:


GreenNotes Monthly Newsletter

GSNN’s newsletter, GreenNotes, focuses on one overarching topic per month.  We will consider articles for the month that best matches the topic.  A list of upcoming themes can be found below.  Have a question about an upcoming theme?  Contact [email protected].


We are looking for a variety of articles for GreenNotes, including:

  • Case studies of schools and school districts doing exemplary work in environmental and sustainability initiatives.
  • Profiles of leaders and advocates in the green schools movement.
  • News and current events of interest to the green schools movement.


Additional GreenNotes guidelines:

  • Articles should be between 1000 – 1500 words in length.
  • Articles should address  one or more of the following:
    • best practices;
    • lessons learned;
    • benefits to students and/or teachers;
    • tools/resources (as appropriate); and
    • examples/case studies of real-world applications.
  • Include a headline/title.
  • Include quotes from educators when possible.
  • Use of MLA citations in articles is preferable over footnotes
  • A minimum of 1 photo is required to accompany the story.
    • Images must be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide.
    • Include the source of the image so credit can be assigned.
    • Please do not embed images in the body of the document.
  • Include a one paragraph bio(s) (approximately 100 words) for the contributing author(s) to accompany the story.
  • Preference will be given to articles that include live links to related/supporting material and/or suggest resources or tools of interest.


Submission guidelines for GreenNotes articles:


Upcoming GreenNotes Themes 

Teaching from the School Garden — May 2017

Submission deadline: April 28, 2017

School gardens have a lot to offer aside from fresh fruits and vegetables for the cafeteria.  From English to Math and even Social Studies, teachers can use the school garden to complement what they are teaching in the classroom.  School gardens also require some unique structures and systems for year round management.  How are you planning, using, and managing your school garden?  What is the impact of a school garden that also functions as a community garden?  How is your school garden inspiring students to become better learners and environmental stewards?  This issue of GreenNotes will share best practices and lessons learned from schools with successful garden programs, as well as the people and organizations that support them.


Health and Well-Being — June 2017

Submission deadline: May 26, 2017

It is a simple equation: healthy students = engaged and curious learners and achievers.  With so many competing priorities, how can schools prioritize healthy eating and physical activity?  Luckily, many schools and districts are getting creative with their approaches and are seeing amazing results.  This issue of GreenNotes will highlight some of the ways schools and districts are integrating mindfulness, physical activity, mental health and trauma support, and healthy eating into the curriculum and school culture to encourage healthier students now and in the future.


Think Global, Act Local — July 2017

Submission deadline: June 30, 2017

The actions we take at a local scale add up to impact the much larger global community. As globalization increases, it is critical that students develop an understanding of their role in a global society and how engaging locally can bring about real, positive change in areas of sustainability and environmental/social justice, just to name a few. This issue of GreenNotes will explore how schools and school districts are preparing students to be environmental stewards and good citizens, both at home and for the global community.


Farm to School — August 2017

Submission deadline: July 21, 2017

Farm to school programs are about much more than ensuring students have access to fresh, healthy food during the school day. They provide rich educational opportunities through hands-on school garden programming, farm field trips, cooking lessons, and cross-curricular classroom activities. This issue of GreenNotes will highlight some of the innovative farm to school programs being implemented in schools across the country, as well as nonprofit programs that are supporting and encouraging these efforts.


Culture in Green Schools — September 2017

Submission deadline: September 1, 2017

A school’s culture sets the tone for a student’s learning experience. Healthy school cultures not only build a community of learning, but celebrate academic growth and  character development. Students learn to uphold values such as respect, integrity, kindness, and responsibility. In this issue of GreenNotes, you will learn about best practices that schools and districts are implementing to create school cultures that are teaching today’s students to be tomorrow’s environmentally-conscious, global citizens.