In a letter introducing the first Living Standard report, USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam reminded us of the UN’s IPCC warning calling for a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. He noted that by that date, children born today will still only be in elementary school. With the stakes so high, we need everyone to go “all in” on sustainability and resiliency measures.
USGBC Colorado’s Green Schools Summit is seeking proposals for education sessions that will address the risks of, and offer solutions to, the looming climate crisis as it relates to schoolchildren. The theme of this year’s Green Schools Summit is “High Stakes, All In.” We are seeking ideas on how to harness the energy of students, teachers, parents and the community to bring real actions and examples to the table.
Some of the questions we seek to answer at the summit include:
- How do we engage our students in a meaningful and impactful way?
- How can parents further sustainability curriculum outside of the classroom?
- How do LEED buildings contribute to a student’s ability to learn?
If you have a case study that exemplifies a school’s efforts to engage students and community, we want to hear about it. If you have implemented small changes that have created a large impact, let us know. If you have successfully used the Arc platform to track your school’s energy, water, waste and human experience, while also engaging students, please bring your story to the table.
The possibilities for green schools are endless, and we want to learn more about the work you are doing in your school district, and to foster the connections and growth needed to continually move the needle.
Due to the number of submissions, we cannot respond to all proposals. Those selected to present at the conference will be notified by July 10.
The Green Schools Summit will take place November 7–8 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado. Registration for the summit will open soon.