Connect with industry leaders and topics at the Green Schools Conference

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Kristen Keim

The virtual 2021 virtual Green School Conference is a week away (June 28–29), and it’s gearing up to be the can’t-miss event of the year. We’ve designed the two days of the conference to be engaging and inspiring and have lined up many opportunities to learn with industry experts and fellow green school leaders.

To account for the show’s virtual nature this year, we’ve designed several hosted and curated conversation sessions where attendees can connect with one another and presenters in a casual format. We’ve highlighted those opportunities below, so you can make note of them on your calendar. There’s still time to register for the show if you haven’t done so yet, so don’t miss out!

Hosted conversations

Green Schoolyards and Outdoor Classrooms | June 29, 12:15–12:45 p.m. ET | Hosted and sponsored by Bassetti Architects

Despite the many recognized benefits of hands-on outdoor education, most learning still takes place inside the classroom, disconnected from the natural world. The pandemic has injected new energy and urgency into this topic, though, as schools have scrambled to adopt outdoor classrooms in response. Join this session to share resources about your efforts to establish green schoolyards and outdoor classrooms and to join us for a facilitated discussion about next steps. Attendees will leave this session with a comprehensive list of resources to create and manage their own green schoolyards.

Explore education sessions on similar topics:

  • Beyond the Four Walls: A Beginner's Guide to Outdoor Learning | June 28, 2:15–3:15 p.m. ET
  • City as Classroom: Designing for Emergence | June 28, 4:45–5:45 p.m. ET

Sustainable Building Design as a Teaching Tool | June 28, 12:15–12:45 p.m. ET | Hosted and sponsored by Kingspan

Design for 21st century learning environments will be covered thoroughly during the GSC in education sessions. Join this session for a discussion on how school and higher education projects are the perfect opportunities to showcase high-performance envelope design. Explore the resilience of net zero energy technology and discuss how designing wall systems is only half the equation in net zero energy buildings—the other half must come from product evaluation for lower embodied carbon.

Explore education sessions on similar topics:

  • Zero Energy = Zero Added Cost | June 28, 1–2 p.m. ET
  • Always Be Carbon-neutral—ABCs of Getting to Carbon-neutral in Schools | June 28, 4:45–5:45 p.m. ET

Thought leader interviews

Improving Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency in Schools: A LEED Case Study | June 28, 12:15–12:45 p.m. ET | Hosted and sponsored by enVerid

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted for building operators and designers the importance of balancing environmental health and energy performance. Join this session to hear Anil Giri of Global Engineering Solutions and Christian Weeks of enVerid Systems discuss an innovative design for a new LEED Gold school that used air scrubbers to reduce life cycle costs, save energy and earn LEED points using the performance-based indoor air quality design and assessment pilot credit (EQpc124).

Explore education sessions on similar topics:

  • Enabling Efficiency—Healthy Investments in Schools | June 28, 2:15–3:15 p.m. ET
  • Health, Equity and Sustainability for All: A Framework for Collaboration and Success | June 28, 3:45–4:30 p.m. ET

Schools, Wilderness, and the Child—An Interview with Anisa Heming | June 29, 12:15–12:45 p.m. ET | Hosted and sponsored by University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

As the director of the Center for Green Schools, Anisa Heming provides leadership to the growing movement around green schools. Heming will be interviewed by University of Wisconsin Stevens Point associate professor Kendra Liddicoat, Ph.D., an expert on the impacts of environmental education programs and inclusive practices. Attendees will be invited to reflect on the connections between school buildings, school grounds, accessible wilderness, and the teaching and learning experience.

Explore education sessions on similar topics:

  • Moving from Whole School Sustainability to Whole Districts and Communities | June 28, 3:45–4:30 p.m. ET
  • Sustainability Mindsets: What Are They? Can We Measure Them? | June 29, 3:45–4:30 p.m. ET

View the full conference program.

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