How Can EdSpaces Provide the Ideal Home for the Green Schools Movement?

Published on: 
27 Mar 2013
Jim McGarry

The National School Supply and Equipment Association’s (NSSEA) EdSpaces Planning Committee met recently to plan the 2013 event taking place December 4-6 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. We were pleased to have Patrick Lane from USGBC’s Center for Green Schools with us help make EdSpaces the meeting place for the many relevant participants in the green schools movement whose jobs are to design, furnish, operate or maintain educational institutions.

Among the ideas discussed at the meeting for involving the key voices involved in designing and equipping the healthiest and most sustainable learning environments for students of all ages were:

  • A CEU-accredited education track coordinated by the Center that would focus on topics such as zero-cost ways to improve the school environment, the changing dynamic of food service that may incorporate gardens at school, transforming educational facilities into healthy environments, indoor environmental quality, and more;
  • Exploring a service project at a local school in San Antonio perhaps through a Living Wall legacy project;
  • A tour of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens that would demonstrate hands-on, outdoor learning;
  • A category in the EdSpaces Design Competition, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) focused on green projects;
  • A networking cocktail reception for key decision makers and LEED professionals within the green schools movement attending the conference.

What activities and issues are of interest to you? I’d love to hear your ideas on how EdSpaces can help facilitate the transformation of schools. As a sponsoring partner of EdSpaces, the Center will ensure that green sessions, schools, and products are well represented at the event, but any input you have on program development would be appreciated. We want to be sure that EdSpaces meets your needs as you explore the impact of facilities on learning, discover new products and plan the Pre-K through higher ed learning environments of tomorrow. For more information on next year’s event, December 4-6, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, visit

Jim McGarry is President/CEO of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA and on the Executive Committee for the Center For Green Schools. Founded in 1916, NSSEA promotes an open marketplace for quality educational products and services that lay the foundation for a stimulating environment for teaching and learning. NSSEA’s mission is to serve the educational products marketplace by providing high quality trade shows that increase the productivity of the channel; networking opportunities to build relationships with trading partners; and market information on which to make solid business decisions. For more information, visit our website.