Green Schools Conference and Expo 2020 to be held in Portland

Published on: 
28 May 2019
Author: 
Kate Schwanhausser

The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) is heading to the Pacific Northwest in 2020—please join us in Portland for the 10th annual event.

When: March 2–4, 2020
Where: Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, Oregon

GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. The conference is an opportunity for green schools leaders to share challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in their continued advocacy for healthy, sustainable schools. Registration for the conference will open in fall 2019.

Hosted by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, GSCE offers multiple ways to get involved with educational programming. Session proposals and peer reviewer applications are being accepted from experienced professionals in the areas of green schools; curriculum and education; district and school leadership; or sustainable design, construction and operations. You may also apply to be a part of the Program Working Group.

How to participate in the Program Working Group

Applications are now open for the GSCE Program Working Group (PWG). This group helps review session proposals, participates in conference calls and attends an in-person program retreat, among other responsibilities. PWG members can earn continuing education hours and receive a discounted conference pass to GSCE for participating in the working group.

PWG applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, June 17.

Apply to the GSCE PWG.

How to propose an education session

GSCE is now accepting proposals for the 2020 conference. The education program includes three days of programming, including full or half-day workshops. Download and review the Call for Proposals document and the Submittal Guide for detailed information on the process. Speakers will receive a free daily conference pass for the day they are speaking. All travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the speaker.

Education session proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, July 22.

Submit a session proposal.

How to become a peer reviewer

Peer reviewers evaluate session proposals and help maintain the quality of sessions by identifying exceptional presentations. Reviewers can earn continuing education hours and receive a discounted conference pass to GSCE for participating in the working group. Review the Call for Reviewers document for more information on applying.

Reviewer applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, July 22.

Apply to be a peer reviewer.

Application and review timeline

  • May 28: Call opens for Program Working Group members, education session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • June 17: Program Working Group application deadline
  • July 22: Deadline for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • August 12: Notifications sent for accepted peer reviewers
  • August 23: Peer reviewers must complete reviews of submitted sessions
  • September, dates TBA: Program Working Group in-person retreat
  • October, dates TBA: Notifications sent to accepted and declined session proposals
  • March 2–4, 2020: Conference dates for GSCE

For questions about the GSCE call for proposals and peer reviewers, please email the GSCE Program team.