The Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, a journal by our partners at Green Schools National Network, has become a record for our movement’s past and present. Recently, the journal published a special issue to explore the challenges and opportunities that school leaders and green school champions see within our current pandemic-impacted school systems.
Among many insightful articles that are worth your time, I recommend you check out:
- Reimagining School Post-COVID-19: A New Vision for Health, Wellness, Equity, and Sustainability, by Claire Marcy and Rochelle Davis of the Healthy Schools Campaign, in which the authors lay out four central recommendations for how schools can support the health and wellness of students moving forward.
- The Urgent Case for Green Schoolyards During and After COVID-19, by Sarah Milligan-Toffler and Richard Louv of the Children and Nature Network, which connects the benefits of green schoolyards to the current moment and then articulates several concrete ways that schools can help students reap the benefits of nature.
- Healthy Students Require Healthy Relationships: Connecting Lessons Learned from New Orleans Post-Katrina Recovery to COVID-19, in which I relate lessons from both my own experience and recent interviews with school leaders in New Orleans that could be applied to the pandemic, with particular emphasis on the equity implications of community stressors.
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC serves on the editorial board of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly. Stay tuned for the next issue, focused on school safety from a green school lens.