Next month’s national conference is the largest-ever gathering of green schools.
The largest-ever gathering of K-12 school administrators, teachers, students and parents next month marks the arrival of a growing national movement that sees ‘greening’ the nation’s schools as the way to save money, improve student health and achievement, and save the planet.
The Green Schools National Conference, set for Feb 27-29 in Denver and sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), will include the unveiling of landmark research exploring the connection between green schools and academic performance.
“GEF is proud and excited to be a part of the Green Schools National Conference as a presenter and exhibitor,” says Green Education Foundation (GEF) CEO, Victoria Waters. “We look forward to sharing the important results gathered from the 700 educators who participated in GEF’s course, Sustainability Education Concepts and Teaching Methods, during our conference breakout session.” Victoria noted the excitement felt by course participants from across the country as green schools evolve into a national force: “The momentum behind the green schools movement is felt powerfully in the course’s discussion board, and it is reaching classrooms globally.”
“Until recently, those advocating the ‘greening’ of our schools were individual educators who had yet to find each other, let alone a collective voice,” says GSNN Director, Jim McGrath. “This event will show that the green school effort has become a national movement. We’ve arrived.”
The conference has attracted major league speakers – headlined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who will rally support for his department’s new Green Ribbon Schools Program — as well as major support from a unique mixture of CEOs and other leaders from the private and non-profit sectors.
The term “green schools” has come to mean more than energy-efficient buildings and school gardens. Green schools integrate an environmentally-focused culture throughout the school – from the classroom to every aspect of school operations – including comprehensive reduce-reuse-recycling programs and healthier options in the lunchroom.
The conference will include a range of other keynote and featured speakers, as well as “Solutions Summits,” workshops and break-out sessions exploring topics ranging from the need to integrate of environmental education into the curriculum to the introduction of healthier foods in schools.
Be sure to register online for the 2012 GSNC BEFORE rates go up Feb. 1. Go to http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php. GEF Members save an additional $60 by registering with the Special Green Education Foundation Code. Follow these instructions:
- Register as a GEF Member here
- Go to http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php
- Scroll Down and click on Register Online
- Click on Affiliate Rates
- When asked for a discount code, enter greenedfoundation