Our goals for the Sustainable Schools Summit are simple, but bold: to promote greater participation in maintaining efficient, clean, and healthy learning environments; to improve schools’ environmental quality; to make schools across the region healthier and more productive places to teach and learn; to raise awareness of the Rhode Island Department of Education’s high performance schools protocol and achievements; and to provide districts with resources to integrate high performance building features into their curriculum.
Since its inception in 2008, the Sustainable Schools Network has organized Sustainable Schools Summits in partnership with Rhode Island Department of Education and Rhode Island College, among other key stakeholders, and through the support of Rhode Island Foundation, Verizon Foundation, National Grid, RI Office of Energy Resources, and Prospect Hill Foundation. Each event brings together upwards of 200 teachers, students, parents, administrators, facilities managers, and officials from school communities across the state to showcase successful local initiatives and to provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and support network to move their school toward greater sustainability.
This year we are proud to announce that the Sustainable Schools Summit will be joining forces with the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) and the RI Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) to design a joint 2013 NEEEA Conference & Sustainable Schools Summit November 1-3 at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with the theme of Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum, based on the pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools program. Highlights include:
You’re invited Friday evening! Join hosts from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), RI Department of Education, American Institute of Architects RI Chapter (AIAri) , RI Green Building Council (RIGBC), and Newport Energy & Environment Commission (NEEC) at the Claiborne Pell School Reception & Celebration Friday evening 4:00-6:00pm in Newport, RI. Kick off the weekend with a tour of Pell Elementary School to see why Rhode Island is leading the green schools movement! Since 2007 RI has made it a priority to build and maintain facilities that offer high-quality learning environments, conserve natural resources and energy, and are easier to maintain. Celebrate recent Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) verified schools including the Claiborne Pell Elementary School and Green Ribbon Schools awardees. See the Conference Brochure for more information. Register for the Reception online here!
In an effort to model our collective commitment to living and learning within Earth’s means we are working hard to make this a “green” event:
Sustainable Schools Network Scholarships available! Thanks to generous sponsorship from National Grid a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships are available for those who have participated in the Sustainable Schools Summit in the past. Learn more.