Advancing sustainable schools for all

April 8-9, 2019 | Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul RiverCentre

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. In 2019, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with IMPACT, 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.


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.

Stay tuned for more information regarding our 2019 program.

For professional credential holders, we've created a list of sessions that have been approved for continuing education hours for our 2018 event. Download the list.

For any questions, please email us.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 8

  • GSCE Opening Plenary
  • Morning GSCE Education Sessions
  • Green Schools Awards Luncheon
  • Afternoon GSCE Education Sessions
  • Women in Green Power Hour*
  • Welcome Reception*

Tuesday, April 9

  • GSCE x IMPACT Opening Plenary
  • Expo Hall
  • Student Summit
  • Morning GSCE x IMPACT Education Sessions
  • Networking Lunch in Expo Hall
  • Afternoon GSCE x IMPACT Education Sessions
  • Happy Hour in the Expo Hall

Wednesday, April 10

  • GSCE Workshops*

*requires additional registration


Our full 2019 program will be announced in early 2019. Sign up for our emails to get the latest conference news.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice

Call for proposals and reviewers


Application timeline:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Call opens for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Oct. 8 — Deadline for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Oct. 15 — Notifications sent for accepted peer reviewers
  • Monday, Oct. 29 — Peer reviewers must complete reviews of submitted sessions
  • Week of Dec. 17 — Notifications sent for accepted session proposals

Past keynotes

Closing keynote

The 2018 plenary featured 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

The 2018 Women in Green explored the ways women can lead with purpose to inspire others and drive continued creativity and progress. This morning panel celebrated the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing world.

Past panelists

Read more about the event

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.

The 2018 summit featured indigenous environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, writer and entrepreneur Erin Schrode, city government leader John R. Seydel, hip hop activist DJ Cavem Moetavation.

Learn more

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 Brent Suski at or 763-464-8615.

Past sponsors

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


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 IMPACT, providing extensive networking opportunities. In addition to booth space, exhibitors receive online and onsite recognition and Expo passes.

For more information, contact Katelyn Roberts at or 202-742-3790.

Download our prospectus

Past 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.


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

Cloud Institute

Earth Force


The Energy Coalition GSCE


Project Green Schools

View our partners


Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown | 175 W. 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 225-1515

Rooms start at $145 (plus taxes and fees). The room discount is available for GSCE x IMPACT conference attendees until Friday, March 15, 2019. The Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown is conveniently located next to the Saint Paul RiverCentre, the GSCE x IMPACT conference location.

This discounted rate is available for reservations between April 7-10.

Book Your Room

St. Paul Hotel | 350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 55102
To book by phone: (800) 292-9292
To book online, please use the code listed below.

Rooms start at $189 (plus taxes and fees). The room discount is available for GSCE x IMPACT conference attendees until Friday, March 15, 2019. Please select “group/block” from the special code dropdown menu, and enter 190407USG in the code field. To book by phone, ask for the Official Green Schools Conference & Expo x IMPACT. The St. Paul Hotel is conveniently located a block away from the Saint Paul RiverCentre, the GSCE x IMPACT conference location.

This discounted rate is available for reservations between April 7-10.

Book Your Room

Registration packages

Attend GSCE x IMPACT 2019 for up to three days of invaluable education and networking opportunities. To get the most out of your GSCE x IMPACT experience, select the GSCE x IMPACT Conference Pass and include a workshop of your choice for a deeper learning experience.

Register now

GSCE x IMPACT Conference Pass (Apr 8-9)*

*includes Welcome Reception

Member Early Bird: $300
Standard: $375
Nonmember Early Bird: $375
Standard: $450
PreK-12 School or District/Government/Nonprofit Employee Early Bird: $275
Standard: $325
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $200
Standard: $225

GSCE Workshops (Apr 10)*

Select from any of the following workshops to complete your GSCE x IMPACT experience.
*Workshops are concurrent. Please select only one.

Cultivating Student Voice and Advocacy Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Green Classroom Professional Certificate Course Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Transforming Curriculum and Instruction for Sustainability Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100
Whole School Sustainability Early Bird: $75
Standard: $100

Special Events

Women in Green Power Hour (Apr 8) Early Bird: $55
Standard: $65
Welcome Reception (Apr 8) Early Bird: $35
Standard: $45

Daily Conference Passes are also available at the following rates.

Daily Conference Pass (Apr 8)

Member Early Bird: $145
Standard: $195
Nonmember Early Bird: $195
Standard: $245
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $100
Standard: $125

Daily Conference Pass (Apr 9)

Member Early Bird: $180
Standard: $230
Nonmember Early Bird: $220
Standard: $270
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $100
Standard: $125
Early bird registration ends January 25, 2019.