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:

College and Career Readiness – December 2016

Submission deadline: November 25, 2016

GSNN advocates teaching K-12 students 21st century skills to prepare them for a sustainable future.    This requires us to think beyond the current models of high stakes tests.  It challenges us to consider the skills developed in problem solving, systems thinking, deep conceptual understanding, creativity, and innovation.  It suggests that we reflect on how attitudes and values related to diversity in the human and earth community, conservation, and preservation help us to make decisions and set priorities that will impact our future.   It also makes the case that the model must be responsive to the needs of all students, particularly those from underrepresented groups who are most directly impacted by unsustainability.  This issue of GreenNotes will highlight schools that support students in planning and implementing sustainability projects that prepare them to be college and career ready citizens equipped to engage directly with the complexities of sustainability challenges.


Action Research/Citizen Science – January 2017

Submission deadline: December 23, 2016

Citizen science offers opportunities to connect classroom learning with real-world scientific investigations.  From conducting observations and data collection to simple analysis, students can help scientists and researchers gather information they need to study and understand our changing world.  This issue of GreenNotes will feature case studies of schools that are actively integrating citizen science into classroom curriculum, as well as citizen science programs around the country that are partnering with schools in their data collection efforts.


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) – February 2017

Submission deadline: January 27, 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math: these subjects form the foundation of 21st century skills that students need to lead a sustainable future.  How are schools and districts rising to the challenge to integrate STEAM into their curriculum?  Who are the partners and advocates behind the push for STEAM in schools?  This issue of GreenNotes will address these questions and highlight best practices that work.