Advancing sustainable schools for all

April 8-9, 2019 | Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul RiverCentre

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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Sustainability is the foundation of GSCE x IMPACT. The GSCE x IMPACT sustainability program addresses 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

GSCE x IMPACT 2019 is hosted at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, a LEED Silver facility. The event’s energy usage will be offset by Windsource®, a renewable energy program between the RiverCentre and Xcel Energy.

Learn More About Doing Your Part

There are a few simple things attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors can do to reduce your impact and create a more sustainable conference experience:

  1. Utilize and share digital resources in lieu of printed handouts, including programs, worksheets and collateral.
    1. Download and use the GSCE x IMPACT mobile app.
    2. Speakers are required share resources digitally in education sessions and within the exhibit hall.
  2. Carefully dispose of waste in the proper waste streams.
  3. Be conscious of energy and water use at your hotel and the venue where available.
    1. Draw your blinds while not using your hotel room.
    2. Turn off lights and adjust your thermostat when you leave your hotel room.
    3. Skip housekeeping services for the length of your stay.
  4. Reduce single-use containers by bringing a reusable water bottle, coffee mug and bag.
  5. Take public transportation, walk or bike to the venue.

Have other ideas on sustainable habits? Share them with us on Twitter @greenschoolscon and @USGBCMN with the hashtags #GSCE19 and #IMPACT19

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.


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.

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.


Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 8, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Plenary Presented by Arc

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Green Schools Awards Luncheon Presented by Auburn University & Green Schools National Network

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

1:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Offsite Workshop*

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Women in Green Presented by Wells Fargo*

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception Presented by Marvin*

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

GSCE x IMPACT Joint Plenary Presented by Xcel Energy

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Expo Hall Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Happy Hour in the Hall Presented by the Weidt Group, a Willdan Company

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Workshops + Tours*

*requires additional registration

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

Thank you to our 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

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 612-329-9098.


The exhibit floor for GSCE x IMPACT is sold out. To be notified when sales for the Green Schools Conference 2020 begin, contact Lisa Bowers at

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 partners


All designated hotel room blocks for the Green Schools Conference & Expo x IMPACT are full. Please contact the hotels directly for any additional availability outside of our room blocks.

April is a busy month in Saint Paul and hotels are selling out quickly. Book your hotel as soon as possible.

St. Paul Hotel | 350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 55102

The St. Paul Hotel is conveniently located one block away from the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The GSCE x IMPACT block is full. To check additional availability by phone, call (800) 292-9292 and mention the Green Schools Conference & Expo x IMPACT.

Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown | 175 W. 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55102

The Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown is conveniently located next to the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The GSCE x IMPACT block is full. To check additional availability by phone, call (651) 225-1515 and mention the Green Schools Conference & Expo x IMPACT.

April is a busy month in Saint Paul and hotels in the surrounding area are selling out fast. If the hotels above have no additional availability, please do an independent search and book as soon as possible.

Registration packages

Attend GSCE x IMPACT 2019 for up to three days of invaluable education and networking opportunities. To get the most out of your GSCE x IMPACT experience, select the GSCE x IMPACT Conference Pass and include a workshop of your choice for a deeper learning experience.

Registration is now closed.

GSCE x IMPACT Conference Pass (Apr 8-9)

Member Early Bird: $300
Standard: $375
Nonmember Early Bird: $375
Standard: $450
PreK-12 School or District/Government/Nonprofit Employee Early Bird: $275
Standard: $325
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $200
Standard: $225

GSCE Workshops (Apr 10)*

Select from any of the following workshops to complete your GSCE x IMPACT experience.
*Workshops are concurrent. Please select only one.

Cultivating Student Voice and Advocacy Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Green Classroom Professional Certificate Course Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for Sustainability Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Whole School Sustainability Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100

Special Events

Leveraging LEED to promote population health (Apr 8) Standard: $50
Women in Green Power Hour (Apr 8) Early Bird: $55
Standard: $65
Welcome Reception (Apr 8) Early Bird: $35 SOLD OUT
Standard: $45

Daily Conference Passes are also available at the following rates.

Daily Conference Pass (Apr 8)

Member Early Bird: $145
Standard: $195
Nonmember Early Bird: $195
Standard: $245
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $100
Standard: $125

Daily Conference Pass (Apr 9)

Member Early Bird: $180
Standard: $230
Nonmember Early Bird: $220
Standard: $270
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $100
Standard: $125

Download the App

The GSCE x IMPACT mobile app is the best place to go for all the information you’ll need at this year’s conference! Here are just a few reasons why you don’t want to miss out on the app:

  • Access the event schedule and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • See all the speakers, read their bios, and take notes on their presentations
  • Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths through an interactive map
  • See who’s attending and network with other attendees by creating a profile
  • Get important updates and exciting offers through the app through Push Notifications
  • Share photos and start conversations on the Activity Feed or Social Wall