Advancing sustainable schools for all

Registration is now open for the Green Schools Conference & Expo 2018

May 3-4 | Denver, Colorado
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

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.

Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. This year, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference.


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Inspiring speakers, dynamic sessions & how-to workshops

Discover strategies and solutions at GSCE that strengthen our schools and communities. Education, environmental, and business leaders join GSCE to share current challenges, set future goals and share best practices to advance green schools for all.

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GSCE offers 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.

2018 session tracks

Using Energy Wisely
Using the Outdoors to Enhance Learning
Sustainability Education for All Ages
Collaborating to Catalyze Change
Social Equity as a Foundation for Sustainability
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Schools
Leveraging Data for Decision-Making

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For any questions, please email us.

Student Summit

The annual Student Summit hosted by Captain Planet is where high school students can learn the skills necessary to inspire positive change in their local community.

This year’s summit features indigenous environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, writer and entrepreneur Erin Schrode, city government leader John R. Seydel, hip hop activist DJ Cavem Moetavation.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

12-5 p.m. Registration open
1-5 p.m. Half-day workshops

Thursday, May 3, 2018

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Student Summit
9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Expo Hall open
7:30-8:30 a.m. Welcome coffee & networking
8:30-9:30 a.m. Opening keynote: Janine Benyus, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8 and The Biomimicry Institute
9:45-11:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
12:15-1:15 p.m. Networking luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout sessions
2:45-3:45 p.m. Breakout sessions
4-5 p.m. Afternoon keynote: Emily Pilloton, Founder of Project H Design and Girls Garage
5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall

Friday, May 4, 2018

7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration open
7-8:30 a.m. Women in Green Breakfast
8:45-9:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
10-11 a.m. Breakout sessions
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout sessions
12:30-2 p.m. Closing keynote and luncheon

*Agenda is subject to change without notice.

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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; or Charlie Woodruff at or 208-871-4601.

Silver sponsors

captain planet foundationexcel dryervmdothe weidt group

Contributor sponsors

action floor systemsbeyond greenshaw

Supporter sponsor

mep engineeringrbb architects


As an exhibitor, interact with an array of stakeholders to promote high-performing buildings and schools. The Expo Hall and sessions are open to attendees of both GSCE and Rocky Mountain Green, providing extensive networking opportunities. In addition to booth space, exhibitors receive online and onsite recognition and Expo passes.

For more information, contact Ishrat Momin at or 202-609-7159.

Companies featured in our Exhibit Hall

  • 1-800-Got-Junk? 
  • 2B Technologies, Inc. / AQTreks 
  • Action Floor Systems 
  • Apollo Solutions Group 
  • Awair 
  • Beyond Green Partners 
  • BoardDocs 
  • Bowman Construction Supply 
  • Buddy 
  • Building Commissioning Association - Southwest 
  • Carton Council 
  • Casio America 
  • Center for Green Schools 
  • Excel Dryer 
  • Foodservice Sustainability Solutions (FSS) 
  • Generation 180 
  • Graybar 
  • Green Schools National Network 
  • Group14 Engineering, PBC 
  • Helvex 
  • HydroPoint Data Systems 
  • IES 
  • Interface 
  • Johnson Controls 
  • MEP Engineering 
  • Mohawk Group 
  • Nichiha 
  • PD Collaborative 
  • Prihoda Recycled Fabric Duct and Diffusers 
  • Sustainability Institute for Educators 
  • Tandus Flooring 
  • TerraCycle 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 8 
  • US Green Building Council 
  • VELUX - Commercial 
  • VMDO Architects 
  • Z Bioscience Inc. 


GSCE thrives on the collaboration and partnership of supporting organizations nationwide. GSCE is produced in partnership with Green Schools National Network:


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