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Green Schools Symposium

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About the Symposium

Former Governor Pat Quinn with green award winners at previous Symposium

This symposium for Illinois K-12 schools is an opportunity to exchange ideas with symposium participants such as school and district administrators, regional superintendents, school board members, facilities managers and custodial staff, teachers, school health practitioners, facility planners and architects, school-related non-profits and agencies, and high school student environmental leaders.

Speakers and workshops will cover topics such as sustainable school facility planning and siting, green facilities management, sustainable renovation and construction, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental education and service learning, water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable school transportation.

Program Agenda

Thank you for attending the 2016 Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium!  We had 245 people in attendance, including students, teachers, administrators and green building professionals!  Click here to view the photos from this event.

To view the program agenda from this event, click here. Click here to view the full list of session descriptions.

1 Hour Break-Out Sessions are organized by the three Pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program:

  • Pillar I: Reducing environmental impact and costs, including waste, water, energy use and alternative transportation;
  • Pillar II: Improving the health and wellness of students and staff, covering environmental health and nutrition and fitness; and
  • Pillar III: Providing effective sustainability education, and robust environmental education that engages STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.


  • Earn up to 4.0 continuing education hours for your LEED or AIA professional credentials for attending
  • CPS teachers can earn up to 6.0 CPDUs for attending.  Click here for instructions on how to enroll to earn your credits.  Must be completed prior to this event.

The opening plenary will feature:


Rachel Gutter, Senior Vice President of Knowledge at the U.S. Green Building Council and Director of the Center for Green Schools

Dina Sorensen

Dina Sorensen, VMDO Architects, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Thank you to our 2016 Symposium Sponsors & Exhibitors for their generous support!

Breakfast and lunch are free for this event thanks to the donations from our breakfast and lunch sponsors!

2016 Symposium Sponsors

Thank you to our Gold and Platinum Level Sustaining Sponsors!

USGBC-IL Platinum and Gold Level Sponsors