Green Schools National Conference Alert!

by David Sobel

All educators, administrators, school board members and school designers interested in Educating for Sustainability should consider attending the 2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference in Denver from 27-29 February 2012.   This will be an exciting gathering of folks for Green Schools initiatives throughout North America.  Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, will be one of the keynote speakers.

Everything you need to know is at:  http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/index.php

Their conference announcement says,

Be a part of the only national gathering of K-12 leaders and educators coming together to make their schools and districts green & healthy centers of academic excellence.

IDENTIFY ways to save money by “Going Green”
DISCOVER new and diverse sources of funding for your green schools projects
EXPLORE the Green Marketplace to find green and healthy products & services at special discounted rates
NETWORK with and meet like-minded peers from across the country
FIND other schools and organizations to partner with on projects and grants.
EXPERIENCE exciting new resources for your students

This conference is also a comprehensive resource for districts and schools interested in applying for the new U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

There will be more than 100 workshops and five “Solutions Summits” focusing on Student Achievement, More Effective Recycling Programs, Financing Green School Buildings, Healthy Food in School Lunchrooms and Diversity in Green and Healthy Schools.

I went to the 1st Green Schools National Conference in Minneapolis in 2010 and it was the most  buoyant, exciting and uplifting conference I’d been to in years. Great ideas, great conversations.     To paraphrase Arlo Guthrie, “I think we got ourselves a movement here.”   And it’s an honest-to-God, genuine, healthy, apple pie and motherhood, save the earth movement that builds strong bodies, strong schools and strong communities in at least twelve ways.   Consider going to the conference.

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