Explore what the 2023 Green Schools Conference has to offer

Cross-posted from USGBC

by Jaclynn Cross

The GSC will take place in New Orleans Feb. 27-March 1, 2023.

The Green Schools Conference (GSC) is the only national event to convene the professionals involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. Over three days of in-depth topics, networking, memorable moments from inspirational sessions and keynote presentations, the green schools community will gain valuable connections and learning.

At the Sheraton New Orleans in Lousiana, from Feb. 27–March 1, 2023, the GSC is returning in person. Experience a new, immersive conference format designed to facilitate meaningful peer-to-peer conversations and engaging interdisciplinary learning.

Experience a new conference format that addresses today’s issues.

The impacts of the pandemic on education and green schools have been profound. In response, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and the Green Schools National Network have intentionally designed the conference program to address the issues facing the green schools community.

The conference kicks off on Feb. 27 with two days of peer-to-peer-focused learning designed specifically for each stakeholder group contributing to the green schools movement:

  • Educators and school leaders
  • School district capital and facilities staff
  • Non-school-based professionals interested in school design and construction
  • Green schools advocates and government and community partners

Attendees will select one of four “Peer Cohort” tracks based on these stakeholder professional roles. Each track is carefully curated to meet the unique needs of its attendees and includes focused time to connect meaningfully with like-minded peers to fully leverage the collective knowledge within this community and develop insightful strategies. Learn more about the tracks.

As part of the peer-to-peer experience, on Feb. 28, attendees are invited to participate in Peer Cohort Dine-Arounds, where you can take in the amazing culinary backdrop New Orleans has to offer while making career-changing connections over a fun and engaging dinner.

GSC 2023 continues on March 1, offering a full day of interdisciplinary content and education sessions covering important topics like improving indoor air quality, reducing waste, advancing decarbonization, cultivating environmental literacy, improving districtwide partnerships, implementing social and emotional health strategies, and amplifying student-led climate action initiatives.

Additional programming on March 1 includes a keynote presentation, the Best of Green Schools Awards Luncheon and a closing reception. Attendees will also have the chance to reconvene in their Peer Cohort learning groups before the conference concludes.

Discounted room rates are available for GSC attendees at the conference hotel.

GSC has negotiated a special room rate of $229 per night (plus taxes and fees) at the Sheraton New Orleans for stays from Feb. 27–March 1, 2023. Reserve your room online before Feb. 6 to ensure your place at the conference host hotel.

Learn more about the Green Schools Conference