Green & Healthy Schools Academy

The Green & Healthy Schools Academy promotes vibrant, just, inspiring, engaging, healthy, and high performing schools and communities through programs and engagement with educators, administrators, students, and community members.

Opportunities for Students: 

Emerging Youth Program: GBA’s Emerging Youth Program (EYP) offers free after school virtual field trips and leadership skill building for high school students based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This program is an ideal program for current high school students that are interested in learning more about climate change, social justice, and what it means to be a leader! Activities include virtual building tours, speakers, scavenger hunts, games and more!

The program will meet twice a month for 1.5 hour virtual Zoom workshops from September 2020 to April 2021 (3 hours a month total). Weekday workshops will be scheduled depending on students’ evening availability (evaluated through Doodle poll). Materials and snacks will be provided to participants free of charge. The possibility of in-person meetings will be evaluated as of January 2021. In the event of in-person meetings, transportation will be the responsibility of the student, but Port Authority Transportation scholarships will be available.

All applications must be submitted by September 5th. Please contact Ellen Conrad ( if you have any questions.

Apply here!

GBA’s Virtual Emerging Youth Program Flyer 20-21

Opportunities for Educators:  

GHSA Teacher Cohorts: K-12 classroom teachers interested in integrating climate change education into their curriculum should join our Project Drawdown or United Nations Sustainable Development Goals cohorts. This paid opportunity has limited openings for Pittsburgh and West Virginia cohorts. Submit your application here.

School Sustainability Culture Program Workshops: These full-day workshops are open to the public with breakfast and lunch provided.

School Sustainability Culture Program Retreats: Join us on multi-day retreats to learn about integrating sustainability into K-12 culture.

  • School Sustainability Leadership Retreat (Postponed)
  • School Sustainability National Retreat (Postponed)
    • All K-12 educators or administration are invited to learn about a school-wide culture for sustainability. Complete the form at the bottom of this page for more information.

School Sustainability Project Technical Assistance: From building efficiency to climate change education, GHSA staff supports school sustainability and facility projects with vendor recommendations, green school resources, and project planning support for all sustainability topics. For more information, contact Katie Lockley.

Opportunities for School Building Professionals: 

Healthy Schools Facilities Workshops: These morning workshops are specifically for facilities professionals, breakfast is provided.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Affiliate Program: Schools interested in reducing their energy usage and saving money can join the Pittsburgh 2030 District Affiliate Program. This free program does more than just benchmark buildings—it gives school leaders and facility managers individualized energy reports, access to Bridge to 2030 events for innovative energy saving methods, and free technical assistance. For more information, contact Ellen Conrad.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Affiliates Information

Pittsburgh 2030 District Affiliate Pledge

K-12 Capital Project Technical Assistance: GHSA staff provides technical assistance to schools that are exploring renovations or new construction project. Contact Katie Lockley for more information.   



Thank you for your interest in the School Sustainability National Retreat!


This program is coordinated through the knowledge and effort of Katie LockleyJenna Cramer, and Ellen Conrad.