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GSNN Board Welcomes Two Noted Green Schools Advocates To Help Advance its Mission and Message

A leading advocate for natural play environments for children and the head of an award-winning center for environmental education recently joined the Green Schools National Network’s (GSNN) Board of Directors.

Bridgitte Alomes, co-founder and CEO of Natural Pod and Stefan Anderson, Head of School for Conserve School, will join GSNN’s efforts to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools and school districts, ensuring that students become environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their communities.

“The addition to our board of Bridgitte and Stefan is certainly a great way to start the new year,” says Jennifer Seydel, GSNN Executive Director. “Both of these green school advocates are recognized as thought leaders within the green schools movement, and our organization will certainly benefit from their expertise and enthusiasm as we work to chart our future course.”

Alomes specializes in furniture design and manufacturing for natural play and children’s environments. She has engaged more than 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations, sharing her natural play philosophy to create an education-changing impact on future generations.

She also works to conserve and protect the natural environments of Canada as a current board member of BC Forest Ethics Solutions. It is truly Natural Pod’s compelling vision, innovative award-winning products, passion and commitment for natural play that sets them apart.

Anderson is the Head of School for Conserve School, an environmentally focused semester school in northern Wisconsin that draws students from across the country. Conserve School was recognized in 2014 as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

Anderson attributes his passion for inspiring young environmental stewards to the outdoor loving adults who allowed him to spend significant amounts of unstructured time in the woods as a child. He believes that effective environmental education must engage the heart, head, and the hands.

Other GSNN board members include:

Al Stenstrup (President), Environmental Education Consultant; Tim Cole (Vice President), Sustainability Officer, Virginia Beach (VA) City Public Schools; Erin Green (Treasurer), Director of Business, Greendale (WI) School District; Alison Suffet-Diaz, Founder/Executive Director of the Environmental Charter School; and Susan Toth, Director of Education, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Florida Atlantic University.

About the Green Schools National Network

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate, and public sector individuals and organizations. GSNN is nationally recognized as the premier partner in advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generations of students are environmentally literate, as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community.