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.

For general questions please email us at help@greenschoolsconference.org


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Sustainability

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 Gold 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.

Program

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.


Schedule/Sessions

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: Sponsored by Arc

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Green Schools Awards Luncheon

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Workshops + Tours*

*requires additional registration


Student Summit: Become a River Hero

The lakes and rivers of Minnesota and the entire nation need protectors and advocates. Will you answer the call? Learn about Minnesota’s lakes and rivers and create a plan to protect your community’s waterways and the living things that depend on healthy waters. The Student Summit is hosted by Captain Planet Foundation on Monday, April 8th and is designed for youth in grades 6-12.

Learn more and apply today

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” - Norman Maclean

Water is an element that unites us all. Especially in Minnesota, with an estimated 90,000 miles of rivers and streams and 12,000+ lakes, freshwater is a resource that touches and connects every living thing in the region. But the health of watersheds and the well-being of species that depend on them under pressure. The lakes and rivers of Minnesota and the entire nation need protectors and advocates to give them a voice. Will you answer the call?

As part of the Green Schools Conference, this youth summit is bringing together young people to connect with each other as river protectors and advocates, passionate about protecting water and the living things that depend on healthy waters. Through this one-day intensive workshop, young river champions will:

  • Explore the science behind freshwater resource protection and conservation in the Upper Mississippi region
  • Explore the sources of pressure on these resources
  • Learn from seasoned river protectors and advocates who have been working on behalf of the Mighty Mississippi for years
  • Develop skills to become an effective river protector and advocate
  • Develop plans with other river protectors and advocates to implement a campaign to protect or restore the health of your local waterways

The summit is on Monday, April 8th and is designed for students in grades 6-12. The cost for the summit is $100, including meals and supplies. Scholarships are available, so apply soon!

Apply today

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

Arc
Beyond Green Partners
Captain Planet
Excel Dryer
Generation 180/IPS Solar
Marvin
UL
Weidt Group

Silver Sponsors

Andersen Windows
Big Green
Coldspring
Conserve School
Cunningham
DLR Group
EcoSafe
Ever-Green Energy
IMEG
Johnson Controls
Kohler
Kraus Anderson
LHB
Lumos
Sustainability Forest Initiative
Trane
VMDO

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 lbowers@usgbc.org or 202-742-3766; or Brent Suski at bsuski@usgbc.org or 612-329-9098.


Exhibitors

The exhibit floor for GSCE x IMPACT is sold out. To be notified when sales for the Green Schools Conference 2020 begin, contact Katelyn Roberts at kroberts@usgbc.org

2019 Exhibitors

  • 75F

  • A&M

  • Action Floor Systems, LLC

  • Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions

  • ARBNCO

  • Arbor Day Foundation

  • ASSA ABLOY

  • 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

  • USGBC

  • VS Furniture

  • WittFitt

  • Wood from the Hood

  • Z BioScience Inc.


Partners

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

Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to a successful GSCE x IMPACT and we thank you in advance for volunteering your time and energy. We have extended our deadline to apply to volunteer to Wednesday, March 20. You will be notified of your acceptance by Friday, March 22.

Learn more

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

  • Registration & Check-In: volunteers will assist at the registration counter and check attendees in for the conference. This includes distributing name badges and answering general conference questions.
  • Room Monitors: volunteers will assist in education session rooms by scanning attendees as they enter and exit to track attendance. Volunteers may also assist with providing time cues to speakers and resetting the room between sessions.
  • General Conference Support: volunteers will be available to support wherever needed. This may include stepping in as a registration volunteer or room monitor, or providing general directional assistance.

Requirements

  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Priority is given to full time students or young professionals. Full time students are considered 12 credits undergraduate or nine credits graduate. Young professionals are considered age 25 and under.
  • You must volunteer a minimum of five hours on Monday, April 8 or Tuesday, April 9. The hours must be worked consecutively on one day of the conference.

Benefits: Volunteers will receive a complimentary GSCE x IMPACT conference registration in exchange for five hours of volunteer work.

Complete the Volunteer Form by Wednesday, March 20


Travel

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
To book by phone: (800) 292-9292
To book online, please use the code listed below.

Rooms start at $189 (plus taxes and fees). The room discount is available for GSCE x IMPACT conference attendees until Friday, March 15, 2019. Please select “group/block” from the special code dropdown menu, and enter 190407USG in the code field. To book by phone, ask for the Official Green Schools Conference & Expo x IMPACT. The St. Paul Hotel is conveniently located a block away from the Saint Paul RiverCentre, the GSCE x IMPACT conference location.

This discounted rate is available for reservations between April 7-10.

Book Your Room


Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown | 175 W. 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 225-1515

Update: The Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown is sold out for the night of April 8, 2019 and the GSCE x IMPACT room block is full. However, the hotel may still have rooms available outside of the block. Please use the reservation link below, or contact the hotel directly by phone to make your reservation.

The Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown is conveniently located next to the Saint Paul RiverCentre, the GSCE x IMPACT conference location.

Book your room


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.

Early bird registration ended February 22.

Register now

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