2017 School Sustainability Leaders' Summit shared goals and successes

Published on: 
17 Apr 2017
Phoebe Beierle

Every year, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC convenes approximately 50 sustainability and energy leaders from around the world for the K–12 School District Sustainability Leaders’ Summit—one and a half days of professional development training. Hosted just after the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2017 summit built off the energy and learning that took place during the conference.

The summit provides a dedicated and supportive space for sustainability leaders to focus on bigger programming goals, learn best practices from their peers and engage in hands-on activities led by expert presenters.

Learning from the best

At this year’s summit, participants heard from industry experts in the fields of marketing, curriculum development and educational leadership—all of whom helped clarify thinking and messaging on sustainability. Peer-to-peer learning is also an important part of the summit, and best practice examples from nine different districts were shared, covering topics such as communicating sustainability goals at the district level, using data to tell compelling stories and integrating sustainability into the curriculum. 

“I really appreciate having the space and time to take a step back from my day-to-day, think broadly about the goals I have for my district and develop a road map for how to get there. I lose sight of that in my daily work and this annual event refocuses and energizes my work,” comented Kristen Trovillion, of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Ghita Carroll, of Boulder Valley School District, agreed: “The Center for Green Schools has really dialed it in to deliver content that is exactly what is needed to support school district sustainability staff."

Staying involved

Until next year's summit, participants can continue their learning through the School District Sustainability Leaders Network. The Center supports this cohort of over 100 leaders all year long, by facilitating conversations and resource sharing through an online social network, hosting quarterly webcasts and offering Green School District Scholarship opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about the summit or joining the District Sustainability Leaders Network, contact Phoebe Beierle.

Check out the slideshow video of the summit