Advancing sustainable schools for all

March 2-4, 2020 | Portland, Oregon
Hilton Portland Downtown

The Green Schools Conference & Expo is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.

Three days of programming will offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country.

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Sustainability was the foundation of GSCE x IMPACT. The GSCE x IMPACT sustainability program addressed environmental impact through seven objectives:

  1. Move toward a zero-waste event
  2. Increase stakeholder education and engagement
  3. Improve sustainable sourcing
  4. Improve performance tracking
  5. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  6. Positively impact communities
  7. Catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable operations within the hospitality industry

Inspiring speakers, dynamic sessions & how-to workshops

At GSCE 2020, attendees will discover strategies and solutions that strengthen our schools and communities. Education, environmental, and business leaders will share current challenges, set future goals and shared best practices to advance green schools for all.


GSCE will offer engaging educational sessions, case studies, hands-on workshops and lectures from today's green school experts. GSCE provides an unmatched opportunity for green school advocates nationwide to collaborate and learn from one another — all with a vested interest in making a positive difference in our children’s futures.


  • Tues., May 28 – Call opens for Program Working Group members, education session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Mon., June 17, 2019 – Program Working Group application deadline
  • Mon., August 1 – Deadline for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Mon., August 12 – Notifications sent for accepted peer reviewers
  • Fri., August 23 – Peer reviewers must complete reviews of submitted sessions
  • Thurs., September 19 – Program Working Group In-Person Retreat
  • October 2019 – Notifications sent for accepted session proposals
  • March 2-4, 2020 – Green Schools Conference & Expo conference dates

For questions regarding the GSCE Call for Proposals and peer reviewers, please email

GSCE 2020 Schedule at a Glance

Monday, March 2, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Green Schools Awards Luncheon

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Education Sessions

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Women in Green Breakfast*

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast in the Expo Hall

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Expo Hall Opens

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Education Sessions

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Expo Hall

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Closing Plenary Luncheon

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Expo Hall

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


*Additional registration required

View our 2019 Keynote Speakers

Women in Green: The Culture of Courage

Women in Green is an interactive event that features discussions on the topics facing women around the world. This year's theme, Culture of Courage, celebrates the crucially needed and deliberate voice that women bring to society and to the green building movement.

View our 2019 Schedule/Sessions

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice

Sponsors & Expo

Be a part of the expanding green schools movement as a sponsor or exhibitor at GSCE. Every year, hundreds of educators and decision-makers gather at GSCE for inspiring programming networking and an energetic exhibit hall. GSCE is the only conference uniting three groups vital to the success of green schools:

Academic: school leaders, teachers and parents
Operations: general school or district administrators, facilities operations management
Building design & construction: architects, engineers, product suppliers

GSCE sponsors enjoy prominent branding onsite throughout the Exhibit Hall, conference sessions, special events and online. As a GSCE sponsor, you can engage with sustainability leaders and demonstrate your support for healthy, high-performing schools all while empowering the green leaders of tomorrow.

For more information, contact Lisa Bowers at or 202-742-3766.

View our 2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Xcel Energy
Wells Fargo
Green Health Partnership
Auburn Online/Green Schools National Network

Gold Sponsors

Beyond Green Partners
Excel Dryer
Generation 180/IPS Solar
Weidt Group

Silver Sponsors

Andersen Windows
Big Green
Conserve School
DLR Group
Ever-Green Energy
Johnson Controls
Kraus Anderson
Sustainability Forest Initiative

Green sponsors


The GSCE x IMPACT Expo Hall was a highlight of the 2019 conference, with a sold-out floor. Please fill out the exhibitor interest form below to be notified about the Green Schools Conference & Expo's exhibitor application process. Contact Lisa Bowers at to discuss ways to enhance your exhibit.

2020 Exhibitors

Learning Landscapes Design

Interested in exhibiting at GSCE 2020?

Fill out the Exhibitor Interest Form

View our 2019 Exhibitors
  • 75F

  • A&M

  • Action Floor Systems, LLC

  • Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions


  • Arbor Day Foundation


  • ATG Electronics

  • AtmosAir Systems

  • Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners

  • Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

  • Building Systems Solutions

  • Casio America, Inc.

  • Center for Green Schools

  • Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

  • Cole Papers, Inc.

  • Conserve School

  • DIRTT Haldeman Homme

  • Energy Panel Structures

  • Energy Solutions, Intl. Inc.

  • Fork Farms

  • GAF

  • Green Schools National Network PD Collaborative

  • GreenerU, Inc.

  • GSNN

  • IPS Solar

  • JTH Lighting Alliance

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Mamac

  • Marvin Windows

  • Mary Baldwin University

  • Minnesota Concrete Council

  • MMS

  • Mulcahy

  • Natural Pod

  • Organix Solutions

  • Plankton Energy

  • Playmart, Inc. 

  • Prescription Landscape

  • Prihoda North America

  • QA Graphics

  • remooble

  • SageGlass

  • Sussner Design

  • Sustridge

  • Tarkett 

  • Tech Dump

  • Temp-Air

  • Tierney

  • Trane

  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point


  • VS Furniture

  • WittFitt

  • Wood from the Hood

  • Z BioScience Inc.


GSCE thrives on the collaboration and partnership of supporting organizations nationwide. GSCE is produced by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC in partnership with Green Schools National Network.

View our 2019 partners


Registration for GSCE 2020 will open in the fall of 2019. Please sign up for our newsletters below to be notified when registration opens.

Conference Pass (March 2-3)

Member Early Bird: $320
Standard: $395
Nonmember Early Bird: $395
Standard: $470
PreK-12 School or District/Government/Nonprofit Employee Early Bird: $295
Standard: $370
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $200
Standard: $225

Daily Conference Pass

Member Early Bird: $170
Standard: $245
Nonmember Early Bird: $210
Standard: $285
PreK-12 School or District/Government/Nonprofit Employee Early Bird: $160
Standard: $235
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $110
Standard: $125

Special Events

Women in Green Early Bird: $55
Standard: $65
Workshops Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100

Justification Toolkit

Attending GSCE is an investment that will benefit not only you, but your school, district or company. The materials below offer a greater understanding of GSCE and how to communicate the value it provides. Please feel free to customize and use them to request approval to attend the conference.


GSCE will be hosted at the Hilton Portland Downtown. Discounted room rates are available, starting at $164 per night (plus taxes and fees). The discount is available for GSCE conference attendees until Monday, February 17, 2020.

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