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Green Schools Conference and Expo Comes to Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Dr. Antwi Akom and Dr. Elizabeth Kiss to speak at conference that brings together sustainability advocates, education leaders, parents to transform nation’s schools

Washington, D.C.—(March 2, 2017)—The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), presented by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, and produced in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, is coming to Atlanta, Georgia, March 21-22, 2017, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza located at 210 Peachtree St NW.

The conference, designed to bring together teachers, parents, students, school and district staff, educational leaders, building industry professionals and nonprofit partners, is the premier education and engagement opportunity for those who are passionate about the future of green schools throughout the country and around the world. During the two-day conference, advocates will come together to make measurable and lasting progress toward the three pillars of green schools: environmental impact, health impact and environmental and sustainability literacy.

“All students, regardless of background, location or socio-economic status, should have the opportunity learn in a green school,” said Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. “We know that a sustainable school environment not only enhances the health, wellbeing and learning environment for students, educators and faculty, but it creates lifelong environmental champions and helps prepare youth for 21st century careers. We are looking forward to once again bringing together leaders and advocates at the Green Schools Conference to discuss the intersection of sustainability, education, public health and the built environment, and continue work to champion green schools worldwide.”

This year’s conference focuses on collaboration and innovation – the necessary ingredients to transform schools into healthier, more sustainable places to learn, work and play. The conference will also focus on key opportunities for sustainability to address social equity challenges in school systems and the crucial role that healthy, green schools play in strengthening communities.

“Sustainability will be the driver of innovation in school across the country as we prepare young people for a future that we cannot predict, “ said Jennifer Seydel, executive director of the Green Schools National Network. “The content of this conference will help participants to explore cutting edge programs and practices to transform their schools and school districts.”

Leaders from schools, industry and research institutions across the globe will share best practices during the conference through summits, breakout sessions and keynote remarks.

This year’s conference will also feature the annual Student Summit. Hosted by Captain Planet, with support from Greening Forward, the two-day event will bring together students to hear from young leaders and changemakers about making a positive, sustainable impact in their communities and being voices for change.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Antwi Akom is the founding director of the Social Innovation lab — a joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Akom has an extensive background in collaborative, community-facing technology projects, designing for the public good, and developing new models of urban innovation in the 21st century that make cities and schools smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable.
  • Mayor Kasim Reed, the current mayor of Atlanta, has been a champion for local sustainability efforts since he took office in 2004. Under his leadership, Atlanta established the Power to Change, a citywide sustainability initiative that measures sustainability actions across 10 impact areas and emerged as a national leader in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, has risen as a sustainability leader for higher education since her appointment in 2006. During her tenure, Scott has installed a quarter megawatt of solar and created a $1 million Green Revolving Fund as well as launched new programs in public health, human rights, environmental and sustainability studies, neuroscience and business management.

To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit greenschoolsconference.org.​