Mark Swiger

Green & Healthy Schools Consultant

As a long-time consultant to GBA and the Green & Healthy School Academy, Mark has supported the mission of the organization throughout schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Recognized as a regional and national thought leader, he  focuses on inspiring schools and communities through innovation and creativity. Mark will serve as the primary contact for all West Virginia schools in the School Sustainability Culture Program.

Experience

A 33-year veteran of teaching in Marshall County School District in West Virginia, Mark led two schools in that district to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards, including a National District Sustainability Award for the entire district’s 14 buildings. In 2017, Mark assisted the Green Schools National Network in the launch of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, and he still aids the organization as needed. He also recently founded ReGen Creative Strategies, a West Virginia based consulting company that focuses on moving organizations toward a more regenerative paradigm.

As an educational consultant, Mark has worked for the NASA Sponsored Classroom of the Future (COTF) in the areas of instructional design, pedagogical training for teachers, and principals in Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning. He also consults for the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education and promotes the American Entrepreneurship Schools programs throughout the region.

In 2015, Mark joined the Obama Administration’s Champions of Change ceremony, and that same year he served as a representative in the Center for Green Schools Buildings, Healthy Schools, and Literacy Summits. From 2010 to 2014, he served as National Chair for Green Schools Committees for the 77 USGBC Chapters.

Education, Boards, and Awards

Mark is a co-founder and board member of the West Virginia Chapter of USGBC, in addition to founding Create West Virginia where he remains on the board. Mark also created the West Virginia Department of Education’s Sustainable Schools Programs, and serves on the West Virginia Board of Education’s Instruction Materials Advisory Board. In 2003, Mark received an NCAA Division II Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to track and field. He was also been named USGBC’s National “Best of Green Schools Ambassador” in 2014.

Mark has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University with a focus on International Studies and Human Rights. He holds a B.A. in History from Bethany College.