The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) has been doing tremendous work since 2007 in furthering the Green Schools movement. They have created a broad and energetic network of PreK-12 teachers, leaders, and professionals who learn from each other with the common goal of ensuring that future generations can thrive on a living planet. Together they are blazing a trail into a sustainable future.
GSNN have now expanded their resources to include an updated version of their GreenPrint™ framework for whole-school transformation. Here they explain the facets that make up the GreenPrint framework, and how you can begin your journey to become a healthy, equitable, and sustainable school.
What is the GreenPrint™? The GreenPrint is a framework for whole school transformation that promotes best practices in leadership, curriculum and instruction, culture and climate, and facilities and operations. We developed the GreenPrint™ to serve as a road map as you plan your school or district’s journey to become healthy, equitable, and sustainable. This tool will help you diagnose strengths and challenges, plan strategically, analyze progress as you implement change, and adjust course in response to emerging issues or priorities. Implementing the core practices found in the GreenPrint is hard work and heart work. It is also energizing work and our hope is that the GreenPrint will inspire and empower you, your team, your stakeholders, and your funders.
Holistic Impact Systems
Our GreenPrint™ offers a road map for holistic transformation based on four key systems:
This system integrates sustainability into the vision and mission, creates policies and procedures to support that vision and mission.
Culture & Climate
This system shapes and influences behaviors and mindsets within the school community through programs, structures, and systems that support core beliefs about health, equity, and sustainability.
Curriculum & Instruction
This system reflects what is taught and how. It includes the design or adoption of sustainability curricula to ensure all students have equitable opportunities to learn and lead.
This system is responsible for creating and operating indoor and outdoor learning environments that support the vision, mission and core beliefs of the community related to health, equity, and sustainability.
To learn much more, and have access to the entire GreenPrint™ framework and how to become a healthy, equitable, and sustainable school – DOWNLOAD THE GREENPRINT™ here!
Thank you to Green Schools National Network for your generous work and sharing of this exceptional framework for whole school transformation.