Renewable Choice Energy Partners with Green Schools National Conference
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by Amy Haddon on 03/09/2012
At the end of February, we were proud to sponsor the 2nd annual Green Schools National Conference that was held in Denver. The Conference featured a keynote address by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and brought together K-12 educators from around the country to discuss the value of sustainability within American schools.
The Greens Schools National Conference’s timing is pertinent, as more and more schools are considering green initiatives. The event provided an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to receive practical strategies and solutions to build a sustainability road map for their school.
The green schools movement is relatively nascent but is gaining ground as a national effort. Jim McGrath, director of the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), the originator of the National Conference, noted that those advocating the greening of schools used to be individual educators who were operating alone within their organizations. The Conference helps those educators to identify each other and to develop their collective voice.
The GSNN plays a critical role in advancing the green schools movement and ensuring that students become environmentally literate. They also support students in learning how to practice and promote sustainability in their community. The Denver event was a great opportunity to connect like-minded and passionate professionals concerned about environmental sustainability in K-12 education.
Renewable Choice was both a conference exhibitor and partner. We provided carbon offsets for all registered attendees. A carbon offset, or verified emission reduction, ensures that a metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases, is removed from the atmosphere or prevented from entering it. Conference participants were able to neutralize their carbon impact to attend the conference by purchasing offsets.
We also provided free demonstrations of and information about Mosaic™, our web-based carbon accounting and energy management system. Measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions is a cornerstone of any effective sustainability strategy, so we were pleased to be able to share Mosaic with Conference attendees.
Following the conference, we were invited by the Green Schools Alliance to become a corporate partner. The Green Schools Alliance is a global network of schools working together to address environmental and climate challenges. It boasts nearly 3,000 K-12 school members and chapters which allows the Alliance to reach more than 2 million students.
Renewable Choice is delighted to be supporting the efforts of the GSNN and the Green Schools Alliance to help make K-12 education greener. For more information on either of these important organizations, please visit http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org and http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/.
Amy Haddon is Director of Business Operations for Renewable Choice. Follow Amy on Twitter @RenewableAmy.