MAY 2014 
Think BIG. Start Smart. ACT NOW!

We're still catching our collective breath after our wonderful gathering in Sacramento, and we're now busy making plans for the 5th annual Green Schools National Conference in Virginia Beach, March 4-7, 2015.  Our mantra heading into our 2015 event is 

"Think BIG. Start Smart. ACT NOW!" 


Future GreenNotes will feature three new sections, each devoted to one of our 2015 actions. 

Call for Presentations NOW OPEN!

Becoming a green school is not a prescribed journey; it is a series of conscious actions that integrate ecological and sustainable practices in all systems to positively impact the learning environment. We believe that every child has the right to attend a healthy, sustainable school, and with this in mind, the chosen theme of the 2015 Green Schools National Conference is "Think BIG. Start Smart. ACT NOW!"

We will be accepting three different types of proposals:

  • Breakout Sessions - These sessions are 60 minutes in length. 
  • Speed Greening Sessions - These are 10 minute-sessions that combine several 'mini' breakout sessions in one. Attendees table-hop and spend 10 minutes with each of four presenters.  It's a great way to get a quick read on a topic and meet other GSNC participants.Each Speed Greening session will have one presentation on a thematic topic from each strand.
  • Poster Sessions - There will be an area in the Exhibit Hall at the 2015 Conference to showcase posters that reflect student work, research, and other special projects.  Presenters will be asked to stay close to their posters to answer questions related to their work during the Exhibit Hall Reception on Thursday evening. 


We are seeking proposals that address practices and structures that support the green, healthy sustainable schools inside and out. Your proposal should:  

1. Highlight a school or school district that has demonstrated measurable results related to ecological impact, health and well-being, and student achievement;            


2. Include at least one school or district representative to talk candidly about the successes and challenges of transforming their school;                                                                                     

3. Articulate clear action steps that can be replicated in other schools, districts, states, or by other public-private partnerships.


4. Articulate how impact is measured or evaluated;                                               


5. Connect to the conference theme:  THINK BIG.  Start Smart.  ACT NOW!          


6. Connect to one or more of the conference strands

a. Curriculum that Advance Sustainability Skills and Knowledge for the 21st Century

b. Stewardship and Service Learning

c. Sustainable Facilities Design and Operation

d. Health and Well-Being

e. Strong Leadership and Networks


7.      Provide a clear, engaging, active workshop sequence.  

We are accepting proposals through June 30th.  
Gather your colleagues and submit your proposal!
Call for Reviewers

We are also looking for reviewers!  General reviews will take place via the web from July 1st through 15th.  Each reviewer will review 10 -20 proposals.  If you have an extra two hours in July WE WANT YOU!   Expert reviews by our Strand Committees will take place July 20 through August 15th.  If you have expertise in any of our strands, WE WANT YOU, TOO!

Register to become a General Reviewer or to participate on our Strand Committees.
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