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Recurring Event Event Series: Green Schools Conference

2023 Green Schools Conference

February 27 - March 1

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As a promotional partner for this year’s 2023 Green Schools Conference, we are excited to announce it’s in-person February 27 – March 1, 2023 in New Orleans! 

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Choose the Interdisciplinary TRACK to connect to local green school leaders, advocates and experts, Hope Gribble, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council and Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, University City School District as they present, Whole District Sustainability: Leading with Equity, Joy & Well-Being, Wednesday, March 1st in New Orleans!


The Green Schools Conference (GSC) is the only event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in schools. Designed to educate, connect and inspire, attendees of the three-day in person conference will explore interdisciplinary content during general sessions, while also having dedicated time with peers to work through specific challenges, share best practices, and generate momentum to further green school actions across the country.

The 2023 program will address topics from environmental impact, health and wellbeing, sustainability literacy, equity and whole school sustainability. Whether you are a teacher, school or district staff, educational leader, parent, student, building industry professional or nonprofit partner, the Green Schools Conference is the place to learn new ideas, and connect with other passionate green school champions.

Green Schools Conference 2023 presenter.

Hope Gribble, LEED AP O+M, Green Classroom Professional, Green Schools Manager, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council

Green Schools Conference speaker.

Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, PhD PHR, Superintendent, School District of University City

Our own Hope Gribble will be presenting at this conference with Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, School District of University City on Whole District Sustainability: Leading with Equity, Joy & Well Being.

The School District of University City is a 2022 ED-Green Ribbon School and a recognized national leader in the implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. U City schools participate in Missouri Green Schools and the Green Schools Quest and were featured in our 2022 Green Building Showcase! We’re so proud to see local leaders featured at this national conference!

March 1st, 2023 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm CT learn from your very own Missouri Gateway green school leaders, advocates, and experts, Hope Gribble and Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, presenting:

Whole District Sustainability: Leading with Equity, Joy & Well-Being

Track: Interdisciplinary
Level: Intermediate
Audience: District
Credits: 1 GBCI General CE

The School District of University City (SDUC) is a 2022 ED-Green Ribbon School and recognized national leader in the implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. The district is particularly unique in its unflinching belief that student, staff, community, and environmental wellness cannot be achieved without intentional work to recognize and dismantle systems of racial inequity and exclusion.

By centering “Joy and Well-Being” in all district work and integrating social and emotional health into everyday school experiences and relationships, SDUC offers its students everything from wellness lounges to trauma specialists, public art events to a Restorative Practices course. The district calls this SEEAL: Social, Emotional, Equitable and Academic Learning. This program has achieved national attention for successes in community engagement, increased joy and well-being, and reduced disciplinary events. It has also led to the creation of Ubuntu circles to build healthy, authentic relationships between all members of the school community, and student representation on the school board.
SDUC is also a leader in project-based environmental and sustainability education that gets students outdoors and active, and uses a comprehensive tiered indoor/outdoor “green curriculum” that intentionally progresses from PreK-12.

In their commitment to the health of students and communities, the district has implemented a wide range of green practices across district facilities, including the construction two LEED certified elementary schools, onsite solar, limits on vehicle idling, CO2 monitoring, integrated pest management, and an outdoor STEAM lab and rain garden at every school.

This work, along with years of eco-minded improvements to each school in the district, led to national recognition this year by the U.S. Department of Education through the Missouri Green Schools (MGS) program. Brief information on MGS and how attendees can find green schools contacts in their states will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine what Well-Being and Joy really mean in the context of school climate.
  • Discuss the role of racial equity, student voice and social action in empowering students to be present and aware.
  • Demonstrate how school climate leads to positive environmental practices.
  • Explore the connection between equity, voice, action, joy, well-being, sustainability and Green Schools, and identify frameworks for integrating these practices in your school.


REGISTER NOW for the 2023 Green Schools Conference.

Some text content from this event posting was sourced directly from greenschoolsconference.org. 


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