Advancing sustainable schools for all

Registration is now open for the Green Schools Conference & Expo 2018

May 3-4 | Denver, Colorado
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

The Green Schools Conference & Expo 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.

Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. This year, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference.


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Inspiring speakers, dynamic sessions & how-to workshops

Discover strategies and solutions at GSCE that strengthen our schools and communities. Education, environmental, and business leaders join GSCE to share current challenges, set future goals and share best practices to advance green schools for all.

Opening and afternoon keynotes

Closing keynote

Friday afternoon's plenary will feature a dynamic panel of school and district leaders discussing how environmental and sustainability literacy enhances student learning and school culture.


Women in Green Power Breakfast

This year, Women in Green will explore the ways women can lead with purpose to inspire others and drive continued creativity and progress. Join us at this morning panel to celebrate the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing world.


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GSCE offers engaging educational sessions, case studies, hands-on workshops and lectures from today's green school experts. GSCE provides an unmatched opportunity for green school advocates nationwide to collaborate and learn from one another — all with a vested interest in making a positive difference in our children’s futures.

2018 session tracks

Using Energy Wisely
Using the Outdoors to Enhance Learning
Sustainability Education for All Ages
Collaborating to Catalyze Change
Social Equity as a Foundation for Sustainability
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Schools
Leveraging Data for Decision-Making

Explore the 2018 online program

For professional credential holders, we've created a list of sessions that have been approved for continuing education hours. Download the list.

For any questions, please email us.

GBCI Certification Work Zone

Have questions about a GBCI project or the certification process? Visit the GBCI Certification Work Zone to meet one-on-one with reviewers and assessors and discuss questions about specific projects or about rating system requirements. Areas of expertise will include: LEED O+M, LEED for Homes, TRUE Zero Waste, Parksmart, EDGE and WELL. The GBCI Certification Work Zone will be located at the USGBC expo booth #302. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to meet with an expert at the GBCI Certification Work Zone.

Student Summit

The annual Student Summit hosted by Captain Planet is where high school students can learn the skills necessary to inspire positive change in their local community.

This year’s summit features indigenous environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, writer and entrepreneur Erin Schrode, city government leader John R. Seydel, hip hop activist DJ Cavem Moetavation.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1-5 p.m. Half-day workshops
4-6 p.m. Registration open
7-9 p.m. Green Schools National Network Friends and Family Pre-Conference Party at DaVita Headquarters

Thursday, May 3, 2018

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Student Summit
9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Expo Hall open
7:30-8:30 a.m. Welcome coffee & networking
8:30-9:30 a.m. Opening keynote: Janine Benyus, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8 and The Biomimicry Institute
9:45-11:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
12:15-1:15 p.m. Networking luncheon
12:15-1:15 p.m. “Meet the Experts” at the GBCI Certification Work Zone Booth #302
1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout sessions
2:45-3:45 p.m. Breakout sessions
4-5 p.m. Afternoon keynote: Emily Pilloton, Founder of Project H Design and Girls Garage
5-6:30 p.m. “Meet the Experts” at the GBCI Certification Work Zone Booth #302
5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall

Friday, May 4, 2018

6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration open
7-8:30 a.m. Women in Green Power Breakfast
8:45-9:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
10-11 a.m. Breakout sessions
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout sessions
12:30-2 p.m. Closing keynote and luncheon: "Rethinking K-12 education: The role of environmental and sustainability Literacy"

*Agenda is subject to change without notice.

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Sponsors & Expo

Be a part of the expanding green schools movement as a sponsor or exhibitor at GSCE. Every year, hundreds of educators and decision-makers gather at GSCE for inspiring programming networking and an energetic exhibit hall. GSCE is the only conference uniting three groups vital to the success of green schools:

Academic: school leaders, teachers and parents
Operations: general school or district administrators, facilities operations management
Building design & construction: architects, engineers, product suppliers

GSCE sponsors enjoy prominent branding onsite throughout the Exhibit Hall, conference sessions, special events and online. As a GSCE sponsor, you can engage with sustainability leaders and demonstrate your support for healthy, high-performing schools all while empowering the green leaders of tomorrow.

For more information, contact Lisa Bowers at or 202-742-3766; or Charlie Woodruff at or 208-871-4601.

Silver sponsors

captain planet foundationdlr groupexcel dryersustainable forestry initiativevmdothe weidt group

Contributor sponsors

action floor systemsbeyond greenhcmnorescoshaw

Supporter sponsors

cuningham groupmep engineeringmoa architecturerbb architectssaunders construction


The exhibitor application deadline has been extended to April 10.

As an exhibitor, interact with an array of stakeholders to promote high-performing buildings and schools. The Expo Hall and sessions are open to attendees of both GSCE and Rocky Mountain Green, providing extensive networking opportunities. In addition to booth space, exhibitors receive online and onsite recognition and Expo passes.

For more information, contact Ishrat Momin at or 202-609-7159.

Companies featured in our Exhibit Hall

  • 1-800-Got-Junk?
  • 2B Technologies, Inc. / AQTreks
  • Action Floor Systems
  • Airthinx, Inc.
  • Apollo Solutions Group
  • Awair
  • Belling-Wood Depot
  • Beyond Green Partners
  • BoardDocs
  • Bowman Construction Supply
  • Buddy Platform
  • Building Commissioning Association - Southwest
  • Carton Council
  • Casio America
  • Center for Green Schools
  • Colorado Construction & Design
  • Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Dow Building Solutions
  • Excel Dryer
  • Foodservice Sustainability Solutions (FSS)
  • Generation 180/Sierra Club Climate Parents
  • Graybar
  • Green Schools National Network
  • Group14 Engineering, PBC
  • HydroPoint Data Systems
  • IES
  • Illumination Systems
  • Interface
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Johnson Controls
  • JVA, Inc.
  • KG Clean
  • MEP Engineering
  • Mohawk Group
  • Nichiha
  • NV5, Inc. 
  • PD Collaborative
  • Prihoda Recycled Fabric Duct and Diffusers
  • Sika Sarnafil
  • Solargreen Technologies
  • Steel Recycling Institute
  • Sustainability Institute for Educators
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Tandus Centiva
  • TerraCycle
  • Unify Energy Solutions
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 8
  • US Green Building Council
  • VELUX - Commercial
  • VMDO Architects
  • VS America
  • Z Bioscience Inc.

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GSCE thrives on the collaboration and partnership of supporting organizations nationwide. GSCE is produced in partnership with Green Schools National Network:


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