Call for presenters: Green Schools National Conference

Posted on June 27, 2011

Green Schools National Conference:
February 27-29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado

See conference strands at call for presentations:

Provided below are the Strand Categories; the sub-strands are below each strand name.

Strand 1: Curriculum that Advances Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

Environmental literacy and education for sustainability, as defined by local, state, and national standards, is integrated at all grade levels;
All teachers use inquiry, problem, and project based pedagogy to facilitate learning about global systems and relationships.
Outdoor experiences and fieldwork support learning about complex systems that connect humans with all aspects of the natural world;
Content areas are integrated by using environmental and sustainability topics as the integrating them.
STEM education to develop a sustainable workforce for a green economy.

Strand 2: Stewardship and Service Learning

Real world service learning projects that explore solutions to local problems and issues and teach 21st century skills;
Stewardship projects that allow the student to take responsibility for their own school grounds.
Place-based projects and practices that include, but are not limited to, school farms, forests, and gardens.
All students have the opportunity to participate in land restoration projects, such as native eco-system or brown fields remediation;
Teacher and leaders provide opportunities for students to make local and global connections.

Strand 3: Sustainable Facilities Design and Management

Green facilities design and construction retrofit for existing buildings as defined by state, regional or national certification programs that supports sustainable energy solutions for schools.
Management practices operations and maintenance that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality and lighting, decrease waste stream and improve water conservation.
Zero-waste or reduced-waste cafeterias.
Use of non-toxic and eco-friendly supplies and materials;
Facility managers and teacher work together to use buildings, management practices, materials and supplies purchasing to teach about sustainability.

Strand 4: Health and Well Being

Healthy eating programs that utilize locally sourced and whole foods;
Curriculum and support for physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices
Healthy air quality practices and lighting that reduce illness and absenteeism.
Healthy and thoughtful relationships with others that support character development.
Outdoor lifetime activities; walking, hiking, biking, skiing and camping.

Strand 5: Strong Partnerships and Networks

Long-term partnerships with experts that support and enhance sustainable systems.
Participation in the development of state and national green school networks.
Participation in research and evaluation of student learning and best green school practices.
Collaboration with research based curriculum and assessment models.
Develop strong partnerships with all diversity groups to promote their cultural heritage and green schools.


The deadline for submitting proposals is 5:00pm PDT on July 8, 2011
Presenters will be notified of acceptance/decline by September 15, 2011

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