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March 28, 2017


MRH Middle School Named a Catalyst School by GSNN

Over the past eight years, Green Schools National Network (GSNN) has been shepherding the growth of the green schools movement through communication, outreach, and networking. On March 20th, they will launch a new magazine, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly. GSNN is taking advantage of the momentum to convene a select group of schools and districts to help launch their next initiative, the creation of the Catalyst School and District Network.

Schools and districts within this network will participate in on-going research and evaluation and shared leadership development as the group further refines and defines best practices related to sustainability leadership and education in K-12 schools.

The Catalyst School and District Network reflects GSNN's commitment to strengthening and expanding a professional learning community by bringing together sustainability education leaders with school and district level teachers and leaders to contribute to the national conversation on how the triple bottom line of sustainability (social equity, ecological impact, and economic benefits), can transform K-12 education. The Catalyst Network will link schools and districts together in a professional learning community to lead the effort to position sustainability in the mainstream conversation of education reform.

The following schools and school districts have been invited to join the first cohort:

Catalyst Schools

  • The Greene School (West Greenwich, Rhode Island)
  • Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School (Washington DC)
  • Minnesota School of Environmental Studies (Apple Valley, Minnesota)
  • Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School (Maplewood, Missouri)
  • Common Ground High School (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Environmental Charter School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Evergreen Community Charter School (Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Ford Elementary School (Atlanta, Georgia)

The first meeting of the Catalyst Network will take place on Monday, March 20th in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to the kick-off of the Green Schools Conference and Expo. Attendees will have a chance to meet and network with these green school leaders and many others throughout the two days of the conference.

“This is a relatively new initiative through the Green School’s movement, and as we advance, it is important for us to be able to document schools that have been doing this for awhile, and the work that MRH has been doing is being implemented at different schools around the country. MRH is pivotal in helping green schools shape our network” says Jenny Sydel, GSNN. “It’s amazing that young kids are able to understand what will effect them in the future, they have such a grasp on what sustainability means. ”


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.