Sustainable Schools Summit

The Sustainable Schools Summit is bringing together engaged communities throughout the region and from across sectors to build networks, gather resources, share best practices, and cultivate leadership skills for widespread environmental literacy adoption and implementation in the context of sustainable, healthy schools.

2013 Summit & Conference a great success

Thank you to everyone who came out for a great weekend of learning, networking, and collaborating. Photos as well as workshop and keynote presentations will be uploaded shortly. Stay tuned!

Become a Sponsor

Join our incredible network of sponsors supporting sustainability in our schools! For more information about sponsorship levels and benefits contact Elisabeth Bux at or 401-228-7930.

The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit: November 7, 2014!

C A L L   for   P R O P O S A L S: The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit is approaching on November 7 at Rhode Island College! Our planning team includes partners from across Rhode Island dedicated to creating healthy, creative, efficient and environmentally sustainable schools. Schools that will lead the way to a thriving society, one in which children’s lives, health, and education are top priority and our sustainable relationship with the earth’s natural systems is paramount.

Download the call for proposal flyer HERE.

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.


Recap of the 2013 Sustainable Schools Summit & NEEEA Conference!

In 2013 The Sustainable Schools Summit joined 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 included:

  • Keynote Address by David Orr, Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Oberlin College, founder of The Oberlin Project, and author of Earth in Mind and Ecological Literacy
  • Welcoming Remarks by the Honorable Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and David Abbott, Deputy Commissioner of Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Video Remarks by the Honorable Senator Jack Reed
  • Closing Remarks by Marion Gold, Commissioner of Rhode Island State Office of Energy Resources
  • Over 40 workshops throughout the weekend
  • Field trips in beautiful Newport and across the State
  • Tours of Rhode Island’s high performance green schools
  • Eco-Trivia at Busker’s Irish Pub on Friday night


Check out the full schedule of events from 2013

Download 2013 Workshop Presentations:



Thank you to our generous Sponsors









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Watch Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speak at the 2012 Summit!


View photos from previous Sustainable Schools Summits


See past Sustainable Schools Summits agendas: