Explore what GSCE 2020 has to offer

Published on: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ryanne Waters

The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) is the only national event to convene the professionals involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.

When: March 2–4, 2020
Where: Portland, Oregon

Enjoy hearing from inspiring plenary speakers, attending workshops and breakout sessions and networking with colleagues from across the country at events such as the Women in Green Breakfast, Green Schools Awards Luncheon and reception in the exhibit hall.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and network with educational leaders, green building professionals, nonprofit partners and others who are passionate about the future of green schools.

Opening keynote: Danni Washington

Danni Washington will kick off the 2020 Green Schools Conference as the opening keynote speaker on March 2, at 8:30 a.m. As the first African American woman of color to host her own science television series, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about our oceans and science communications. She dreamed of studying the oceans since she was 6 years old.

In 2008, Washington graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science/ Biology. At age 21, she and her mother, Michelle Swaby-Smith, co-founded The Big Blue & You, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media.

Most recently, Washington has served as the host of a nationally syndicated STEM education TV series that features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design, called "Xploration Nature Knows Best."

GSCE programming

GSCE will offer five tracks of compelling education programming:

  • Healthy School Environments
  • Driving Cultural and Behavioral Change
  • Kickstarting Sustainability Programs in Schools
  • Designing Schools for the Future
  • Engaging and Empowering Students

A number of the education sessions will be approved for continuing education hours (the list will be available online shortly).

GSCE registration

Registration is now open for individuals and groups. Register by Dec. 20 for early bird rates. During registration, you can select a conference pass for access to informative education sessions, plenaries and a diverse Expo Hall. Options for full passes (March 2–3) or daily passes (March 2 or March 3) are available.

You can further enhance your GSCE experience by registering for the following special events:

  • Women in Green Breakfast (March 3): Network with women in the field.
  • Workshops (March 4): Attend a workshop hosted at an off-site location, and dive deeper into education content. Topics will be announced in late fall 2019.

Special rates for conference passes are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact us for details.

Travel to GSCE

Special room discounts are available at the Hilton Portland Downtown until Feb. 17, 2020, and are valid for stays from March 1 through 4. Book your room online, or contact the hotel directly by phone (1.800.HILTONS). Make sure to reference the promotional code "USB" when making a reservation by phone.

Room rates are $164 per night (plus taxes and fees).

Register for Green Schools Conference and Expo