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With our virtual bags packed, my colleague Kelly Rosensweet and myself have headed to the Green Schools Conference along with the Green Schools National Network team. The conference is taking place today and tomorrow – June 28th & 29th, both as half days. After a year characterized by dramatic change, the Green Schools conference is an especially timely and critical hub for the green schools community to come together to share success stories, adaptations and strategies for continuing to empower our students and create healthy, sustainable places to learn in this new landscape. If you’re there, fantastic, and if you’d like to be there, there’s still time to register, connect with like minded people and attend the great sessions taking place.

What is the Green Schools Conference all about? The Conference convenes all the players who make green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build, and teach in schools. Every year, hundreds of leaders and advocates come together to work toward making visible, measurable and lasting progress toward the three pillars of green schools: environmental impact, health impact and environmental and sustainability literacy.

To be transparent, I always attend as a participant, but I’m also here in my capacity as President serving on the board of Green Schools National Network (GSNN). And a fun part of that for me this year was being one of the hosts of their Friends & Family event which took place last night. Considering it was virtual, GSNN still came up with a really fun and unique event they called ‘Yappy Hour!’ – it was sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, so there was some fun cocktail making, breakout room adventures, and various giveaways. My giveaways on behalf of Natural Pod were two neat Zero Waste Kits, which I hope the beneficiaries find a great starting point for their zero waste journey’s.

I’ll be connecting with as many friends as possible, both old and new, while also attending some of the fantastic sessions. I’m particularly looking forward to Jennifer Seydel’s ‘Sustainability Mindsets: What are they? How can we measure them?’ taking place tomorrow, June 29 at 3:45-4:30pm EST. It’s one not to be missed.

If you’re attending I’d love to connect, and if not there’s still time to get registered and get involved.