Sunday, October 23, 2016

Event - Green Schools Summit

The tenth anniversary of the Green Schools Summit with take place on November 2 - 3, 2016 in Pasadena, California. The first - and the largest - statewide green school event, the summit provides a unique opportunity for leaders from the nation's largest public education system to discover new ways to create healthy, efficient learning environments.

Green schools play a vital role in creating a greener future. They will likely be the first place most students encounter determined efforts to conserve energy and water or to reduce waste. They can help students understand the relationships between human needs and activities and the ecosystems on which all life forms depend.

Summit Co-Chair Tom Torlakson, the State Superintedent of Public Instruction, has launched initiatives for environmental literacy and efficient, 21st century facilities. California has long been on the leading edge of the green schools movement; it was here that the nation’s first green building rating program for K-12 schools was created. Through the Education and the Environment Initiative, the state created the country's first K-12 environmental literacy curriculum.

The range of benefits from high performance facilities is great, from cost savings that can free up funds for core needs to improved student performance. Districts that have made a strong commitment to sustainability have also earned respect and gratitude from the communities they serve. State Architect Chet Widom, the Summit Co-Chair, briefs attendees on energy innovation on California campuses.

Through an Expo featuring green products and services, concurrent education sessions, keynote presentations and an annual Leadership Awards program, the Summit offers a unique opportunity to discover what's new, what is working and what is on the horizon. Explore these pages for more information, and come back for updates. Concurrent education session. Become a Partner in Learning - Meet at the Summit!

The Partners in Learning program is an opportunity for professional organizations that want to meet onsite at the Summit, a dynamic atmosphere that is designed to inspire, inform and encourage interaction. As a courtesy, Green Technology provides free meeting space for all Partners in Learning. There are also substantial registration discounts for group members that want to participate in Summit activities.

Discounted rates may be available at area hotels to accommodate out of town attendees. If your organization is interested in holding a scheduled meeting at the Summit please call Cindy Dangberg at 626.577.5700. To register click here.

Make sure to see the article titled, "Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources." It contains links to over 325 articles covering everything you need to know about sustainable academics, student eco-initiatives, green school buildings, and college rankings as well as a wide range of related information and resources.

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