Schools Co-Chairs
Tom Torlakson
California Superintendent
of Public Education

Chet Widom
California State Architect

Colleges Co-Chairs
Erik Skinner
Deputy Chancellor
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor
Economic Development and 
Workforce Preparation
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

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What's New? What's Working?

California is blessed with many resources, including an abundance of architects, engineers, educators and administrators who share a commitment to healthy, high performance learning facilities and environmental education.

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit offers a unique annual opportunity for these stakeholders to meet and share their questions, successes and discoveries. Whether you are an experienced sustainability professional, newly assigned to a green program, or anywhere in between, the Summit has something to offer you.

Registration for the keynote session, Expo and Leadership Awards reception is free.

Education and Training

Speakers at the Summit include leaders and experts from the worlds of policy, technology, design and practice. Learn about effective strategies and innovations from the professionals who have developed and pioneered them. The program includes concurrent sessions on November 28-29, in-depth Pre-Summit training on November 27.

Topics addressed in presentations and workshops will include:

- Zero net energy
- Environmental literacy
- High performance buildings
- Funding and incentives
- Energy efficiency
- Greywater, onsite water recycling
- Student engagement in green programs
- Renewable energy
- Sustainable lunch programs
- School garden programs
- Prop 39 best practices
- Clean transportation
- Workforce development & the green economy
- Recycling
- Building health

The education program also includes a special series of Technology Showcase sessions that are open to all attendees.

The Expo is your chance to discover the latest green innovations. Over 100 companies will be on hand, with products and services ranging from energy efficient lighting to curriculum resources. Click here to see the list of exhibitors from 2016.

Start your Summit experience with insight and inspiration. Past keynote speakers have included Hunter Lovins, Carl Pope, Terry Tamminen, Bill Nye, Rachel Gutter and Noel Perry. Watch for announcement of the 2017 keynote speaker.

Leadership Awards
Join us on November 28 for the annual Leadership Awards reception. Help us celebrate outstanding accomplishments on California campuses.

Who should attend?
Representatives from public, charter and private schools and community colleges and their private sector partners, including:

School District Superintendents
Board Members
Facility Directors
Operations Directors
Facility Planners & Designers
Building Maintenance Managers
Business Officers
Purchasing Officers
Transportation Specialists
Curriculum Directors
Government officials and policymakers
County Office of Education Administrators
Construction managers
Finance officers
Energy managers
Waste management specialists
Community college administrators
State and local community college chancellor’s offices
Community college facility planners & designers
Community college building maintenance managers
Community college CFOs/business managers
Community college purchasing officers
Curriculum developers
State, county and city government officials and policymakers
County Office of Education administrators
School district superintendents
School principals
School board members
School building facility planners & designers
School building maintenance managers
School CFOs/business managers
School purchasing officers
School transportation specialists
Curriculum directors and teachers
Others involved with implementing facility, purchasing, operations, maintenance and educational programs in California’s community colleges and K-12 schools!

Partners in Learning

The Partners in Learning program is an opportunity for professional organizations that want to meet onsite at the Summit, a dynamic atmosphere that is designed to inspire, inform and encourage interaction.

As a courtesy, Green Technology provides free meeting space for all Partners in Learning. There are also substantial registration discounts for group members that want to participate in Summit activities.

If your organization is interested in holding a scheduled meeting at the Summit please call 626.577.5700