Advancing sustainable schools for all

April 8-9, 2019 | Saint Paul, Minnesota

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. In 2019, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with IMPACT, 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.

Call for proposals and reviewers

We're now accepting session proposals and peer reviewer applications for our 2019 conference. Applications are due 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, Sept. 24. Email us with any questions.


Application timeline:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Call opens for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Sept. 24 — Deadline for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Oct. 15 — Notifications sent for accepted peer reviewers
  • Monday, Oct. 29 — Peer reviewers must complete reviews of submitted sessions
  • Week of Dec. 17 — Notifications sent for accepted session proposals

Submit a proposal

Apply to be a peer reviewer

Call for Program Working Group members

Help shape the educational programming at GSCE 2019. Applications are being accepted for those interested on serving on the Program Working Group. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, Sept. 10.

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Past keynotes

Closing keynote

The 2018 plenary featured a dynamic panel of school and district leaders discussing how environmental and sustainability literacy enhances student learning and school culture.


Women in Green Power Breakfast

The 2018 Women in Green explored the ways women can lead with purpose to inspire others and drive continued creativity and progress. This morning panel celebrated the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing world.

Past panelists

Read more about the event


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.

Stay tuned for more information regarding our 2019 program.

For professional credential holders, we've created a list of sessions that have been approved for continuing education hours for our 2018 event. Download the list.

For any questions, please email us.

GBCI Certification Work Zone

Have questions about a GBCI project or the certification process? Our GBCI Certification Work Zone in our Exhibit Hall allowed attendees to meet one-on-one with reviewers and assessors and discuss questions about specific projects or about rating system requirements. Areas of expertise included: LEED O+M, LEED for Homes, TRUE Zero Waste, Parksmart, EDGE and WELL.

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.

The 2018 summit featured indigenous environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, writer and entrepreneur Erin Schrode, city government leader John R. Seydel, hip hop activist DJ Cavem Moetavation.

Learn more

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 Brent Suski at or 763-464-8615.

Silver sponsors

captain planet foundationdlr groupexcel dryersustainable forestry initiativevmdothe weidt group

Contributor sponsors

action floor systemsbeyond greenhcmnorescoshaw

Supporter sponsors

cuningham groupmep engineeringmoa architecturerbb architectssaunders construction


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 IMPACT, providing extensive networking opportunities. In addition to booth space, exhibitors receive online and onsite recognition and Expo passes.

For more information, contact Katelyn Roberts at or 202-742-3790.

Download our prospectus

Past companies featured in our Exhibit Hall

  • 1-800-Got-Junk?
  • 2B Technologies, Inc. / AQTreks
  • Action Floor Systems
  • Airthinx, Inc.
  • Apollo Solutions Group
  • Awair
  • Belling-Wood Depot
  • Beyond Green Partners
  • BoardDocs
  • Bowman Construction Supply
  • Buddy Platform
  • Building Commissioning Association - Southwest
  • Carton Council
  • Casio America
  • Center for Green Schools
  • Colorado Construction & Design
  • Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Dow Building Solutions
  • Excel Dryer
  • Foodservice Sustainability Solutions (FSS)
  • Generation 180/Sierra Club Climate Parents
  • Graybar
  • Green Schools National Network
  • Group14 Engineering, PBC
  • HydroPoint Data Systems
  • IES
  • Illumination Systems
  • Interface
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Johnson Controls
  • JVA, Inc.
  • KG Clean
  • MEP Engineering
  • Mohawk Group
  • Nichiha
  • NV5, Inc. 
  • PD Collaborative
  • Prihoda Recycled Fabric Duct and Diffusers
  • Sika Sarnafil
  • Solargreen Technologies
  • Steel Recycling Institute
  • Sustainability Institute for Educators
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Tandus Centiva
  • TerraCycle
  • Unify Energy Solutions
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 8
  • US Green Building Council
  • VELUX - Commercial
  • VMDO Architects
  • VS America
  • 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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