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:

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.