Wrapping up the Green School Summits: Inspirational connections

Published on: 
5 Mar 2021
Kristen Keim

Feature image: The LEED Silver Moffat PreK–12 School in Moffat, Colorado. Photo credit: RTA Architects and David Lauer Photography.

The Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network concluded the Green School Summits last week with powerful conversations about innovations and best practices in green school design and operations. The last two summits in February, for building industry professionals and facility and sustainability leaders, featured more than 200 experts in their respective fields, connecting on their mission to provide safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments for all.

After each presentation, participants discussed the relevance and impact of the various topics on their own work and were asked to share feedback on the event. These responses were overwhelmingly positive, noting the inspiring topics and speakers and the power of connection between participants. Here are a few of our favorite notes:

“I appreciated how you organized the summits to include networking breaks, opportunities to meet your neighbors, and smaller discussion groups. I thought that was an effective way to run a virtual summit, and our team walked away with helpful connections because of it." —Tish Tablan, Generation180 (Sponsor)

"It was amazing to hear about the groundbreaking and essential work of other school districts. The thought leadership, best practices and lessons learned were invaluable. Let's empower student voices and commit to a sustainable future!" —Adam West, Project and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Denver Public Schools

“Excellent presentations. Practical and inspirational.” —Joel Todd, Joel Ann Todd Consulting

“The summit panelists and speakers were inspiring! I am looking forward to sharing with my colleagues and implementing some of the strategies and action plans that were presented to achieve energy-efficient facilities, carbon neutrality, healthy school buildings and green transportation.” —Janet Charnley, Sustainability and Science Coordinator, Evergreen School

“It is humbling to see all the phenomenal work that all the panelists and others are doing to tackle complex issues, and with such creativity, tenacity and grace.” —Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio

“This was my first year participating in the Green School Summits. Although we were not able to meet in person, this was still the best networking with other leaders in school sustainability programs I have participated in all year! I walked away from each session with tangible knowledge and action steps I could take in my own community.” —Naomi Stern, Green Facilities and Operations Analyst, San Mateo County Office of Education


The Center for Green Schools and Green School National Network would like to thank all the Green School Summit presenters and attendees. These summits are an exciting preview for the upcoming virtual Green Schools Conference on June 28–29. Find updated submission deadlines for speakers and reviewers at the conference website.

Learn more and connect with peers at the June conference