Green Schools Expo and IMPACT Conference Set for St. Paul

PAUL, Minn. — The latest green building and green school technologies, achievements and leadership will be highlighted at a special co-located event coming up in St. Paul on April 8th & 9th.

The annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), the nation’s premier event for the green schools movement, and the annual IMPACT regional conference, the largest green building conference in the Midwest, are co-locating for two days in St. Paul, Minnesota. GSCE is committed to advancing sustainable schools for all and will bring together some of the industry’s top green school leaders, while IMPACT attracts building professionals and sustainability leaders from across the Midwest. Both conferences will include inspiring keynotes, immersive education sessions and informative workshops on the latest strategies and trends that support a sustainable transformation of the region’s schools, commercial and residential buildings and more.

In the Twin Cities, buildings are a significant factor in meeting climate action goals and at one time were the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Minneapolis. Green buildings, like those that are LEED certified, help reduce GHGs, conserve water and provide people with better air quality and access to nature. In Minnesota, there are more than 450 LEED-certified commercial buildings and a workforce that includes nearly 3,000 LEED professionals.


Monday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Includes the GSCE Plenary, the expo hall opening, education sessions and the Women in Green Power Hour

Tuesday, April 9, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Includes joint plenary, expo hall and education sessions


St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102


Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will provide the keynote at the GSCE plenary.

Zaria Forman, renowned climate change artist, whose mammoth works of art depict the grandeur of our natural environment, will provide the keynote at the joint conference plenary.

David Bluestone, founder and partner of ClearPath Strategies, will discuss new wide-reaching research that is informing us about attitudes and behaviors toward green building and sustainability.

Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, will discuss USGBC’s Living Standard campaign and the work we are doing to create a universal living standard for all.

Tara Kulkarni, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Norwich University, will be the featured speaker at the Women in Green Power Hour.

Green building leaders, architects, engineers, developers, school administrators, students, and people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the largest annual conference and expo for green school advocates in the U.S. GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. It’s hosted by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and produced in partnership with the Green Schools National Network. For more information, visit, connect on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the hashtag #GSCE19.

Expanding its reach throughout the Midwest, USGBC’s annual IMPACT conference attracts hundreds of green building professionals from across the region, and serves as a forum for builders, developers, sustainability leaders and change makers to unite and demonstrate the many innovative ways the Midwest is raising the bar when it comes to green building. The USGBC communities of the Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota and Wisconsin collaborate together to host the conference.