Local students will have the opportunity to build solar-powered Go-Karts such as this one at the 2018 Green Schools Summit. (Photo: Contributed)

GreenSpaces will soon host its third annual Green School Summit that aims to encourage educators to implement green initiatives in their schools.

The summit, planned for March 23, is open to all administrators, teachers and design professionals in the Southeast.

During the summit, attendees can take part in nine different breakout sessions that cover topics, such as outdoor classrooms, grant writing and STEM projects for classrooms.


The keynote presentation, called “Walking the Progressive Path,” will focus on the health of building materials and explore why understanding what’s in those materials is important.

“With children spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors and a lot of that being time spent in school, material selection is very important to ensure that materials are not contributing to health-related issues,” GreenSpaces Executive Director Michael Walton said in a prepared statement. “Hamilton County recently awarded funds to build new and to improve schools in our area. Programs like this can bring attention to needed details like material selection.”

Schools that participate will also be eligible for one of four $500 mini-grants. The goal for the mini-grants is to inspire attendees to take information from the workshops and identify ways to implement green initiatives within their schools.

There is no charge for the summit or for the lunch provided during the keynote presentation. The summit will be held at 4011 Austin St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those interested in attending the summit should register through GreenSpaces’ event website.

More information on the breakout sessions can be found on GreenSpaces’ website.