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Register Now! 2012 Green Schools National Conference

Published on 14 Nov 2011 Posted in Center for Green Schools

Register now for the second annual Green Schools National Conference (GSNC), taking place from Feb 27-29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

Be sure to register for the 2012 GSNC online by Nov. 18 to get the early bird discount rate. And, as a benefit of being a  Center for Green Schools blog reader, you can take advantage of the special USGBC discount code

  1. Go to http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php
  2. Scroll down and click on Register Online
  3. Click on Affiliate Rates
  4. When asked for a discount code, enter usgbcschools

(If you are registering more than five people from the same organization, call Conference Registration Services at 1-800-280-6218 to facilitate the registration process)

The GSNC is a national gathering of K-12 leaders and educators sharing and learning the latest ways to make their schools and districts greener and healthier. In just one year, this conference has become the official event of the national green and healthy schools movement.

This year, the GSNC has taken on added significance with the exciting September announcement by Secretary Arne Duncan of the new U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. To assist attendees, the conference will connect all programming, including 100+ breakout sessions and exhibitors, to match up with one of the three Green Ribbon criteria: healthy learning environments; environmental impact and energy efficiency; and environmental literacy. The conference is a one-stop shop for information and resources in the quest to become a Green Ribbon School as well as for other green-related building and academic certification programs e.g. LEED Certification.

The conference’s keynote and featured speakers reflect a wide range of topics impacting the greening of our nation’s schools, and the list continues to grow. From Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm to national environmental activist Laura Turner Seydel to the chair of the board of the Siemens Foundation Tom McCausland, the GSNC promises to be the place to discover new solutions and be inspired. Green jobs advocate Graciela Tiscarno-Sato and eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter will address issues around ensuring diversity in the green and healthy schools movement during their keynote presentations.

New to the conference this year is a green jobs/careers showcase, a green products and services marketplace and five solutions summits, where experts and stakeholders will come to the table to determine real action around issues such as removing obstacles for healthy food in schools or identifying financing for green building upgrades. The conference will also be “walking the talk” by serving the healthy food options that we hope to see in school lunchrooms across the country. You will also be able to see and hear from students throughout the conference who will be sharing their ideas and showcasing their green schools projects.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Since the integration of green and healthy activities touches literally all aspects of a school’s operation, we strongly encourage district and school teams to attend e.g. \superintendents, sustainability directors, principals, school business officers, school board members, teachers, facility managers, energy managers, school lunch managers, purchasing officers, transportation managers, school guidance/career counselors etc.

For conference updates, join the email list or follow 2012 GSNC on Facebook and Twitter.

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