Be part of the conversation about sustainable schools at EDspaces

Published on: 
29 Aug 2019
Jim McGarry

The best place to find out about sustainable design and purchasing trends that are shaping today’s cutting-edge learning environments is EDspaces, the education industry’s only conference and expo focused the convergence of technology, space and pedagogy, and its impact on student outcomes.

When: Oct. 23–25
Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

EDspaces brings together professionals who design, equip and manage innovative learning environments and the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential solutions. Two important audiences for EDspaces are personnel from school districts and colleges, who are stakeholders in the building or renovating of educational facilities, and the architects and designers working on those projects. EDspaces has been ranked one of the 50 fastest-growing events by Trade Show Executive magazine for the past three years.

This year’s event will tap into the Milwaukee area’s commitment to sustainable building. Attendees will be able to see and learn how healthier classrooms and more energy-efficient schools have improved student performance, helped protect the environment and saved money for school districts.

Our EDspaces Knowledge Partners, including the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, have helped us put together a robust education program. Here are just some of the education sessions EDspaces that qualify for GBCI continuing education credit: 

  • Biophilic Design for Learning
  • Material Transparency and Healthier Choices: Advocacy and Community Impact
  • Understanding Sensory Processing as Part of Universal Design/Infrastructure
  • Dial Back to Go Forward: Deep-Energy Reductions in School Design
  • How Healthy Is Your School? WELL for Education
  • Outdoor Learning in an Early Childhood Setting

A unique feature of EDspaces is the peer review competition, where six meeting rooms used for professional development are designed and outfitted using the latest space planning theory, technology and furniture—giving attendees the opportunity to engage in experiential learning.

A total of 54 accredited EDsessions are held in these six designed classrooms, allowing attendees to experience how different products work in a variety of collaborative, flexible educational settings. The sessions address how to accommodate current learning pedagogy and technology, but they are also flexible and dynamic enough to adapt to future needs.

New this year is the Sustainability and Wellness Learning Zone, a collaborative space on the exhibit floor for “EDbriefs,” which focus on green schools and wellness topics led by industry partners and displaying boards of project plans for local sustainable schools with LEED certifications.

Attendees have the choice of four separate educational facility tours that provide the opportunity to see and experience recently built learning environments in and around Milwaukee. This year, there will be tours of multiple maker spaces, new K–12 schools and a specific higher education tour. At each school, participants will learn from administrators and architects who worked on the project, as they discuss the planning, design, building and upkeep process, as well as the impact the project has on the students the schools serve.

USGBC supporters can receive a 20% discount by entering the promo code "USGBC20" when registering. Save even more by registering by Sept. 6.

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