Green Schools National Network’s newsletter, GreenNotes, focuses on one overarching topic per month. We will consider articles for the month that best matches the topic. Have a question about an upcoming theme?  Contact


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.

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Themes for the next three months include:

Climate Change and K-12 Schools — April 2017

Submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Climate change involves a lot more than global warming. From extreme weather and shifting seasons to impacts on agriculture, cities, and health, climate change touches many parts of our lives, whether we realize it or not. As we celebrate Earth Day this month, GreenNotes will be exploring the many ways schools are addressing the issue, including teaching climate change education; managing changes in outdoor learning environments; responding to extreme climate events and their impact on communities; becoming beacons of resilience; and practicing energy conservation.

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.