Advancing sustainable schools for all

Green Schools Conference & Expo | March 21-22, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia

Collaboration, education and innovation are necessary ingredients to help transform our nations’ schools into healthier, more sustainable places to learn, work and play.

At GSCE, connect with green school champions for two days of learning and collaboration to support equitable, healthy and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to improve the world.

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Inspiring speakers, dynamic sessions & how-to workshops

Discover strategies and solutions at GSCE 2017 that strengthen our schools and communities.

Education, environmental, and business leaders will take the stage to inspire at GSCE 2017. Speakers will describe current challenges, set future goals and share best practices to advance green schools for all.

Featured speakers

Opening plenary

Closing plenary

Best of Green Schools Award Presentation by: Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council & Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Green Schools National Network

GSCE 2017 Program

GSCE offers more than 55 sessions across nine tracks and a special Student Summit.

GSCE offers an unmatched opportunity for students, teachers, school administrators, business leaders, nonprofit partners, and sustainability advocates to collaborate and learn from one another — all with a vested interest in making a positive difference in our children’s futures.

Register for GSCE today for engaging educational sessions, case studies, hands-on workshops and lectures from today's green school experts.

Student Summit — This year's Student Summit is packed with two full days of activities focused on finding your voice, challenging the status quo and inspiring change. Learn more >

Program topics

Occupant health / Energy conservation / Nature-based learning / Building coalitions / Student engagement / Food & waste management / Whole-school sustainability / Current trends

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For teachers
  • Learn how to teach sustainability concepts while equipping students with 21st century skills and real-world application strategies. Get ideas on how you can use data to empower student action, and learn how to craft projects that increase sustainability literacy and encourage environmental stewardship.
  • See how you can use nature in teaching science and writing. Our "Living Labs: Teaching in the Great Outdoors" session track equips you with a toolkit of new teaching habits that are designed to immerse your students in the natural world.
  • Explore how to address math and literacy standards while exposing students to nutritious eating habits. Learn how you can make lessons in gardening, the environment and nutrition relevant to students of all levels. Come away equipped with a model lesson that can be calibrated to fit your students.

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For school administrators
  • Understand the mechanics of high-performance school environments. Learn how to leverage space as the “third teacher” to positively influence students' physical, mental and emotional health. Hear from experts about the architectural concepts that emphasize quality light, color, materials and acoustics.
  • Learn what it takes to build successful school–community partnerships to lead a school toward sustainability. Learn how to develop strong guiding principles that help all stakeholders filter important information, discuss options and consider educational models to support the best interest of the community.

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For facilities & building professionals
  • Learn to tackle some of the greatest roadblocks to innovative school construction. They include mixing public and private funding, working within public school regulatory environments, balancing participatory design and the realities of getting a building constructed by looking at the whole campus rather than a single building as the organizing focus, and implementing “bleeding edge” construction technologies that are new even to construction partners. 
  • Learn how to work in tandem with school food professionals to reduce waste and associated costs. Explore examples of programs for reduction, recovery and recycling and the positive impact these programs have. Discuss how to reduce costs and the environmental impact of handling food and packaging throughout the full cycle of feeding children in school.

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For students: The Student Summit

Captain Planet and Greening Forward, with the support of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, bring together youth to learn from a dynamic line-up of change makers about how to make an impact in their schools and communities.

Register for the conference as a student to join the Student Summit, and gain the knowledge and tools you need to find your voice for change — through art, media, research, politics, design, business and more.

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Agenda is subject to change without notice.

Monday, March 21, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Tours

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Student Summit (includes Opening Plenary and evening activity)
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Networking
8:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m. Keynote Address and Opening Plenary
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch in the Expo Hall*
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Student Summit (includes Closing Plenary)
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch in the Expo Hall*
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Plenary

*Time is different from program.

Expo & Sponsors

As an exhibitor or sponsor, you can be a part of the expanding green schools movement by supporting the Green Schools Conference & Expo.

Hundreds of educators and decision-makers gather every year at GSCE for inspiring programming, targeted networking and an energetic exhibit hall.

2017 Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus


At the GSCE Exhibit Hall, attendees can discover new products and services vital to their careers, while forging relationships with vendors and service providers that last well beyond the conference.

GSCE exhibitors are forward-thinking, engaging representatives from business, the non-profit sector and other groups. They bring the innovation of the marketplace and real-world experience to the green schools conversation.

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  • Carton Council
  • New Buildings Institute
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • US EPA / Office of Children's Health Protection
  • Shaw Contract
  • VMDO
  • Because Water
  • Solar One
  • Havelock Wool LLC
  • Rainwater Management Solutions
  • Your Mobile School App
  • Thermacote
  • Dyson, Inc.
  • EcoSafe Zero Waste
  • SageGlass
  • Stephenson Custom Case Co.
  • Tower Gardens by Juice Plus
  • Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners
  • TerraCycle US, LLC
  • American Technical Publishers
  • Elkay
  • CleanCore Technologies
  • Center for Green Schools
  • Green Schools National Network
  • Rexel
  • Prihoda North America
  • DIRTT Environmental Solutions
  • Superior Essex
  • Price Industries
  • WaterSignal
Products & services represented at GSCE 2017
  • Architecture/Building/Facility Design
  • Associations & Public Organization
  • Building and Construction Materials/Services
  • Commercial Services/Products
  • Consulting Services
  • Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Energy/Utilities
  • Facilities Operations/Management
  • Fundraising/Finance
  • Furniture and Equipment
  • Government Agency/Organization
  • Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Foods
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Stewardship Service Learning Programs
  • Technology
  • Waste/Recycling

Confirm your booth today. For any questions, please contact Meghann Kinney, Specialist for Sponsorship & Corporate Relations at USGBC at (202) 609-7152 or


As a sponsor, you will be recognized prominently before, during and after the conference as a leading supporter of GSCE.

The opportunities listed on the prospectus are designed to fit a variety of budgets and may be combined to meet the desired levels.

Join us today, and set yourself apart as a leader in the green schools community! For any questions, please contact Meghann Kinney, Specialist for Sponsorship & Corporate Relations at USGBC at (202) 609-7152 or

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GSCE thrives on the collaboration and partnership of supporting organizations nationwide.

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Travel & Reservations

The 2017 conference will take place in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on 210 Peachtree St. NW.

We’ve negotiated and secured a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip to Atlanta affordable. The standard conference rate is $209 per night plus taxes and fees and the government employee rate is $148 per night plus taxes and fees. In order to qualify for the government rate you must be a government employee and present your government ID/credentials upon check-in.

This rate is only available until March 14, 2017, so be sure to reserve your room today. The special conference rate is valid from March 18-25, 2017.

Alternatively, call 866-716-8108 and let them know you are with the Green Schools Conference & Expo.


Registration rates

Individual $475
Government/non-profit $325
Student Summit $200 (One-day pass: $115)
One-day pass $350
Pre-conference sessions & tours $125
Expo Hall only $25


Sign up today as a GSCE 2017 volunteer, and get a full conference pass after completing five volunteer hours. Example volunteer duties include being a room monitor or helping at the conference registration desk.

Volunteer Interest Form