Earth Month kicks off in style with the Third Annual Sustainable Schools Symposium. This inspiring event gathers green educators from all over Illinois to share information and learn about sustainable schools. The symposium is Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (3857 W. 111th St.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be packed with speakers, panel discussions, and resources for schools to expand their environmental efforts. The symposium is free and includes breakfast and lunch. There is also a special networking breakfast exclusive to CPS principals where principals can meet other “green” principals, hear and share environmental success stories and be the first to learn of environmental initiatives for the 2011-2012 school year.
Everyone involved in K-12 education—students, parents, facilities staff, teachers and principals—will find engaging and enlightening ideas for Earth Day and beyond. Student-led tours will show off the school’s large greenhouse, aquaponic fish farm, livestock, and student-run farm stand. Attendees can join lively panel discussions on everything from school composting and funding sources to energy conservation and agricultural science. Governor Pat Quinn will deliver a keynote speech on school sustainability.
April 1st is a Chicago Public Schools professional development day, and educators can earn a full day of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) credits by attending the symposium. Schools may bring their whole staff or just a few teachers to report back. Similarly, students can earn service learning hours by volunteering at the event. For volunteer opportunities, contact Danielle Chiarottino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Third Annual Sustainable Schools Symposium is hosted by the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, Chicago Public Schools Environmental Affairs, and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Chicago.
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is accessible via public transportation. Options include taking the CTA Red Line to 95th Street and catch the #112 bus west; the Orange Line to Pulaski then the #53A bus south; or the Rock Island Metra to Monterey and Hale. There will be shuttle service to and from the Metra station in the morning and afternoon.
To register, visit http://admin.usgbc-illinois.org/widget/calendar?eventId=271493&EventViewMode=EventDetails
Principals can RSVP for the CPS principal breakfast by contacting Steve Clark at (773)553-3161 or email@example.com
Learn more about what CPS is doing to “Go Green”