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 offered inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country.

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Thank you to our premier sponsor, Build With Strength: a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

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Sustainability is the foundation of GSCE. The GSCE 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
Here’s a snapshot of how GSCE 2020 worked to reduce our footprint, and how you can help!

Key Initiatives at GSCE

  • Plenary Luncheon meal was entirely vegetarian to reduce the water, energy, and carbon footprint of the meal
  • All meals featureed locally sourced, in season ingredients
  • Conference lanyards were made in the USA from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bottles
  • All service-ware was durable and reusable or compostable
  • Housekeeping service in guest sleeping rooms was available by request only to save water and energy from laundering bedding and towels

How to be a Green Attendee

  • Bring and use your reusable water bottle and coffee thermos
  • Learn about the conference hotel waste and sustainability operations by attending a back of house sustainability tour
  • Return your conference lanyard at the end of the event so we can reuse it at a future event
  • Go on a run where $1 per mile per participant will be donated to Girls Inc on Tuesday, March 3
  • Thank exhibitors and speakers for minimizing handouts and giveaways
  • Participate in Click - the mobile app game - and receive points for sustainability and other challenges

Inspiring speakers, dynamic sessions & how-to workshops

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

GSCE provided 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.

For questions regarding the GSCE Program, please email

2020 Keynote Speakers

Opening Plenary

Plenary Luncheon

Women in Green Breakfast

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: Sponsored by Tarkett

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Green Schools Awards Luncheon: Sponsored by Arc

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

6:15 – 6:45 a.m.

Morning Run benefitting Girls Inc. (meet at Duniway Hotel Lobby)

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 a.m.

Education Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Student Summit

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Expo Hall

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Plenary Luncheon: Sponsored by National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

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

Education Sessions

GSCE offered engaging educational sessions, case studies, hands-on workshops and lectures from today's green school experts. Use the dropdown filters below to explore the program.

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice

Student Summit

March 3, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Oregon Green Schools and Clark County Green Schools partnered to host the Student Summit at this year’s Green Schools Conference & Expo!

This interactive summit was designed for high school students from Oregon and Washington who are interested in finding their voice as passionate advocates for sustainability, environmental stewardship, and climate justice. Programming included panel discussions with youth leaders and environmental activists, training sessions on how to build a successful climate justice campaign, spotlight breakout sessions dedicated to sharing and celebrating how you are making change in your communities, and active environmental problem solving.

A vegetarian lunch was provided to all attendees. Transportation and substitute teacher reimbursements were provided to eligible applicants.

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Registration is now closed.

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.


To learn more about sponsoring at GSCE 2021, please contact Lisa Bowers, Director of Sponsorship, at

Premier Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bassetti Architecture
Constellation Energy

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


GSCE thrives on the collaboration and partnership of supporting organizations nationwide. GSCE 2020 was produced by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC in partnership with Green Schools National Network.

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GSCE was held on March 2-4, 2020. Registration is closed.

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 Volunteer Program

Benefits: Volunteers received a complimentary GSCE conference registration in exchange for five hours of volunteer work.

Volunteer roles: Shift preferences were assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Registration & Check-in: volunteers assisted at the registration counter and checked attendees in for the conference. This included distributing name badges and answering general conference questions.
  • Room Monitors/Scanners: volunteers assisted in the education session rooms by scanning attendees as they enter and exit to track attendance. Volunteers also assisted by providing time cues to speakers and resetting the room between sessions.
  • Volunteers were also be asked to support in other areas as the need arose onsite.


  • Volunteers were required to be a minimum of 18 years of age. Priority was given to full time students or emerging professionals. Full time students were considered 12 credits undergraduate or 9 credits graduate. Emerging professionals were those who are new to the field of green building, green schools or the sustainability movement.
  • Volunteers were required to complete a minimum of five hours of conference support on either Monday, March 2 or Tuesday, March 3. The hours were required to be worked consecutively.
  • Volunteers were responsible for their own accommodations and travel expenses.


Hotel Reservations

GSCE was hosted at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Green Venue: Hilton Portland Downtown

  • Energy Star Rated and Green Seal Certified
  • Composts all food scraps for the past 15 years – far before curbside was widely available in Portland
  • vRecycles all leftover cooking oil to be converted to biodiesel

  • Works with local donation or recycling partners for leftover food and beverage, e-waste, furniture, and more - including Oregon Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and Clean the World
  • No single use plastic water bottles or single use coffee cups will be provided in guest sleeping rooms for GSCE