Newsletter / August 2013
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In This Issue
Moving Toward Zero Waste
"Trash Talk"
Hollywood Goes Green
Green Apple Day of Service
USGBC Center for Green Schools Seeking Public Comment
Mark your Calendar

We've got lots of folks visiting our new Green Schools National Network website, and registering for the 4th annual Green Schools National Conference, March 27-29, 2014, in Sacramento.

Make plans to join us at Early Bird and group rates.

At the request of teachers and leaders in our schools and districts we have decided to extend our deadline for conference presentation submissions to 

September 30th.


Solutions Summit: Moving Toward Zero Waste in Schools

At our 2013 Green Schools National Conference, we scheduled several work sessions - we called them "Solutions Summits" -- designed to create action plans targeting several key issues: healthy foods in schools, energy use, the impact of physical environment on student achievement and other critical topics.

This month, we take a look back at the session focused on "Moving Toward Zero Waste in Schools," moderated by Kelley Dennings at Keep America Beautiful. While discussion notes are available via the moderator (email Kelley at, we're pleased to highlight a few solutions that sprang from the 2013 session. 

Speaking of zero waste...tune in to some 'Trash Talk'

Join host Diana Dehm (you may remember her as our General Session host in West Palm Beach!) for an August 13  segment on Sustainability News & Entertainment's spotlight podcast on zero waste.

Listen in as Green Schools National Network director Jim McGrath and Zero Waste Solutions Summit moderator Kelley Denning join others in discussing how we trim the trash stream, so to speak.


Hollywood goes green

 In our "food for thought" section this month, consider this story about the greening of Hollywood. The West Coast influencers (and let's face it: they determine what we wear, what we do, and who we like!) are going green in a big way. It's all about being environmentally aware, and as the filmmaker/author notes, "We are integrating and always looking for newer and better ways to reduce, recycle, reuse."                 Hooray for Hollywood! 



Green Apple Day of Service

 The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council hosts the 2nd annual Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 28. Join in by planning  and/or participating in a local service project that supports healthy, sustainable schools. Last year, more than 1,200 communities from all 50 states and more than 40 countries participated in projects ranging from garden plantings to renewable energy seminars. For more details, project ideas, a list of local projects, and to register your project,



We need your brainpower! 

In June, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gathered leaders, stakeholders and advocates from 30 education-related organizations (schools, companies, nonprofits and researchers alike) to craft a shared vision for what success around sustainability education in the U.S. looks like. Working toward publishing a national call for action in winter 2013, the Center for Green Schools invites stakeholders to share their continuing thoughts and comments through their webage. 





Mark your Calendar!
August 13

Sustainability News & Entertainment -- "Developing Solutions To Barriers For Healthy Eating for our Students" For podcast times, visit:





September 30
  Deadline for Request for Proposals. Submit a presentation proposal for the 2014 Green Schools National Conference