Develop your professional network at the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo

Published on: 
Monday, March 21, 2016
Christina Huynh

Connect with a community of professionals passionate about healthier, higher-performing schools during the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), taking place later this month in Pittsburgh. 

GSCE offers conferencegoers a wide range of networking opportunities through its extensive Exhibit Hall, sessions and workshops.

In the Exhibit Hall, meet the innovators behind the green schools research and special project posters on display. For new sustainable products and services, the Exhibit Hall is a must-see destination for attendees to forge relationships with vendors that last well beyond the conference.

Also, check out the GSCE Speed Greening Sessions, where you can talk with presenters and share your experience with others in helping advance green schools. These sessions are designed to quickly cover ways to foster student environmental stewardship and implement sustainable school practices. Tracks include:

  • Classroom Activity—Discover how you can use aquaponics as a teaching tool in the classroom, grow vegetable crops using hydroponics and create a successful school gardening community.
  • Community—Hear how Project Green encourages school sustainability labs, what the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are doing and the popular sustainable practices at Virginia green schools.
  • Garden Spaces on Campus—Explore outdoor teaching strategies, gardening as an elective course and the impact of schoolyards on students’ health and wellness.
  • Purchasing—Learn about fair trade education and products, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the challenges and opportunities in green purchasing for schools.
  • Students, Campus Data and STEM—Find out how to empower students to live more sustainably, hear from elementary students about their green school projects and learn more about how to make a global impact.

Following the conference, GSCE attendees are invited to participate in a Green Apple Day of Service project to transform a local school into a healthy, safe and resource-efficient learning environment.

Presented by the Center for Green Schools, GSCE is the leading national event for champions of K–12 green schools. It takes place March 31–April 1 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the only convention center in the world with two LEED certifications. 

Discounted hotel rates are available for GSCE conferencegoers at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh ($155 per night) and at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel ($129 per night).

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