Write for the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

General Guidelines for GSNN Authors


Upcoming Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly Themes


Climate Change Education: Systems Thinking and Global Competencies for the Future – Winter 2018

Submission deadline: September 15, 2018

Climate literacy and climate change education are essential tools in shifting our conversations from climate change to restoring our planet’s climate system. This education starts with facilitating learning opportunities that support the thinking skills and global competencies our society will need to address the imbalances that created the conditions for climate change, and to explore economic, environmental, and social solutions for restoring our planet’s climate system for future generations. This issue features research and case studies that demonstrate how schools are preparing students with the systems thinking and global competencies needed for their futures.


Using the School Building and Grounds as a 3-D Textbook – Spring 2019

Submission deadline: December 15, 2018

Learning does not have to be confined to the classroom. The school building and its grounds offer unlimited opportunities for teaching students core subjects through the lens of sustainability. This issue features research and case studies that demonstrate how schools across the country are turning the classroom inside out to expose students to real world challenges without having to leave the school campus.


P4: Place-, Project-, Problem-, Phenomenon-Based Learning  – Summer 2019

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019

Educating for a sustainable future enables students to use their knowledge to solve real-world problems that impact the future of the planet. Educators will often use one or more of the four Ps, place-, project-, problem-, or phenomenon-based learning, to drive this learning in their classroom. This issue features research and case studies that examine these four approaches, how they compare and contrast with one another, and how they are successfully being applied in the classroom to inspire students to co-create a sustainable future.


Food Systems – Fall 2019

Submission deadline: June 15, 2019

Sustainable food systems do more than promote healthy eating. They account for the lifecycles of how our food is produced, consumed, and disposed of; are resilient and diverse in the face of a changing climate; and justly support the livelihoods of farmers and workers. This issue features research and case studies that explore the role that schools play in supporting sustainable food systems – at local, regional, and global scales – from policy and programs like farm-to-school to innovative classroom initiatives that are encouraging students to get involved and take a stand for the future of food.


Civics and Character Education/Civic Engagement – Winter 2019

 Submission deadline: September 15, 2019

Preparing students to be caring, compassionate, and active citizens in a democratic society is more important than ever. High-quality civics education and engagement can help students foster the skills and competencies needed to participate in both their local and global communities. This issue features research and case studies that explore how schools are integrating civics and character education into daily instruction as well as providing students with real-world opportunities to be influential civic leaders in their local communities.


Transportation – Spring 2020

 Submission deadline: December 15, 2019

How students get to and from school matters. Whether taking the big yellow bus, riding a bike, or walking to school, these choices influence how children perceive and navigate their world, as well as contribute to a school’s carbon footprint. This issue features research and case studies that highlight some of the innovative policies, programs, and initiatives that schools and school districts are adopting around transportation to save money, keep their students healthy, and above all, tread more lightly on the planet.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly

The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly (GSCQ), dives deep into topics that cut across the three pillars of a green, healthy, sustainable school, and addresses the role of leadership in advancing the green schools movement.  A list of upcoming themes can be found below.  Have a question about an upcoming theme?  Contact cmerse@greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org.


Why Write for GSCQ?

Writing for GSCQ is a win-win for you and the green schools movement. As an author, you will gain validation and recognition for the work you do in your classroom, school, district, and/or state to advance green, healthy, and sustainable schools. Your research, case study, feature article, and/or column will reach thousands of K-12 educators, school leaders, and green schools advocates, enabling you to grow your network and enhance your professional standing among peers. Most importantly, you will be contributing to a body of knowledge that supports and advances the need for green, healthy, and sustainable school environments for ALL students.


Each issue of GSCQ features research articles, case studies, practical application articles, columns, and reviews that:

  • Highlight the latest qualitative/quantitative research and describe its implications for a green, healthy, sustainable school.
  • Present in-depth case studies of schools or school districts doing exemplary work in environmental and sustainability initiatives.
  • Describe practical application(s) or best practice(s) that are being implemented and scaled in schools and school districts across the country.
  • Profile people at the school and district levels who are exemplars of transformational/regenerative/change leadership and making an impact on practice and/pr policy.
  • Profile people, organizations, and/or agencies engaging in local, state, regional or federal partnerships that are supporting change at scale.


General GSCQ Author Guidelines:

  • Articles should be between 1500 – 2500 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.
  • 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) 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:

  • Submit articles in MS Word.  Documents should be single spaced and in an 11-point font.  Avoid extra formatting.
  • When submitting, include your name, title, organization, and contact email and phone number.
  • Email draft articles for consideration to Cyndy Merse at cmerse@greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org.  Include “Write for GSNN: Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly” in the subject line, along with your intended topic (e.g., “farm to school” or “place-based learning”).

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.


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 buy ambien fast delivery 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.