Thank you for joining us at the 3rd Annual Green School Summit! 

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsor: 

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Featured for 2018: Walking The Progressive Path 12pm - 1pm, Single Session Registration Available; Includes Lunch.  One of the hottest topics in sustainability today is material health. Designers and end users value transparency and want to know what's in the building products they specify. This CEU covers the most well known tools, including Cradle to Cradle certification, HPDs and Declare labels to determine the health of materials.  0.1 CEU / 1 LU / 1 GBCI CE Hour

  • Recognize your role as an influencer in driving the use of healthy building products
  • Understand the history of healthy building products
  • Learn which tools are available to inform the way you select and specify healthy building products
  • Learn about health and environmental product declarations

All Sessions:

9am – 10am:

  • "Engineering is Elementary”  - reviewing how to use STEM Kits including Catching the Wind (Designing Windmills) and Now You’re Cooking (Designing Solar Ovens) kits

  • TN Aquarium River Teacher Program - River Teachers is a week-long professional development workshop for teachers. This year, the Tennessee Aquarium is hosting one week for middle & high school teachers and one week for elementary school teachers. The teachers will learn ways in which they can bring freshwater science and conservation to the classroom.

  • Citizen Science Outreach Program: Ivy Academy will present a new state accredited course that they developed for a TN state science credit. They will show how their students are collecting data on tree phenology, lichen, salamanders, seasonal events changes, bird migration, stream health, macro invertebrates, etc. Their new outreach program will allow leaders from these courses to visit other schools to help start their own data collection plots so that they can work to collect good, quality data for Hamilton County to map bioindicator species for air quality, water quality, and climate data.

10am – 11am:

  • Creative Discovery Museum - Their dynamic group of Outreach Educators interacted with almost 50,000 learners in 2017. They will discuss the wide variety of standards-based lessons for children from three years to 8th grade.

  • Food Recycling Programs: Be a part of the discussion and the change to sustainable waste management in schools. Atlas Organics, a commercial composting company that services the tri-state area with food waste recycling, will share their experience in implementing their composting program and sustainable choices curriculum in schools throughout South Carolina. Hear the educational benefits of teaching the food life cycle holistically, the impact on students' understanding of their role in making a difference and the hundreds of thousands of pounds that they have collectively been able to divert away from landfills.

  • ARC - U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be hosting ARC for free for K12 schools for 1 year.  The platform allows a school to plug in their data about Energy, Water, Waste, Human Experience and Transportation and compare against themselves, month over month, year over year, to a regional average and a global average.  This is a great PBL opportunity for students of all ages.

11am – 12pm:

  • Grant Writing 101 – Venture Forward will explain how to research grant opportunities via Foundation Directory online. The Unfoundation and Junior League representatives will discuss how they evaluate grant applications and what makes for a good application.  

  • Red Bank Elementary Forest Kindergarten  - Red Bank Elementary is the first Forest Kindergarten of its kind in the state of Tennessee. The program, developed by experienced early childhood teachers, is modeled after successful forest/nature school programs across the globe. The Forest Kindergarten at Red Bank is offered free of cost to kindergarten students in the Red Bank Elementary school zone and will meet rigorous state standards using a custom-designed hybrid of the original model and developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching methods. Children enrolled in the program will spend half of the instructional day outdoors, exploring the natural environment. While outside, students will be building social and communication skills; further develop gross and fine motor skills, engage in spontaneous STEAM learning, and have the opportunity to explore creative expression. TenneSEA Kids for Clean Water will explain how engaging community partners enriches Red Bank's outdoor initiatives

  • Affordable School Gardens- Teacherpreneur project winner, Olivia Bagby, will present on their hydroponic garden systems.  The project will feature how schools can use hydroponics garden systems, that is built with students, to be more efficient and affordable than traditional gardens.  She will be prototyping some garden systems with students this semester as they research hydroponics and aquaponics, and then they will begin building and selling these affordable systems to schools.


Projects funded by 2017 Green School Summit

Other Links: 

Shaw Contract - Partnership for Purpose - Cut & Compose

Center for Green Schools –

Learning Lab –

Green Apple Day of Service -

Green Schools Conference & Expo -