Today, we are seeing and experiencing the effects of climate change through hotter summers, irregular winters and natural disasters occurring more regularly and with greater intensity all over the world. In 2018, the United Nations released a report calling for a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to combat the rising threat of climate change. That is only a few short years away, and by that time, 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, particularly for the benefit of these schoolchildren born into the climate crisis.
The USGBC communities in the Mountain region share the desire to make our schools safer and healthier for our children, so from November 7–8, we will host the Green Schools Summit in Arvada, Colorado. The summit is the region’s only annual conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision-makers, educators and parents to advance healthy, safe and sustainable schools. Early bird pricing is available until September 20.
The Green Schools Summit will address the risks of the looming climate crisis as it relates to students, and offer solutions. The theme of this year’s Summit is “High Stakes, All In” and will include sessions that take a closer look at
- How we engage students in a meaningful and impactful way through STEM-based learning;
- How parents can encourage sustainability education outside of the classroom using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals;
- How LEED buildings contribute to a student’s ability to learn; and much more.
We hope you will kick off the summit with us at the Resiliency Workshop and an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, then join us for a full day of education and inspiration on Friday, Nov. 8. Professional continuing education credits will be provided for those with GBCI or AIA credentials to maintain.