In November 2010, ten city mayors and nine school superintendants met with sustainability experts, architects, and educators at a three-day summit in Sundance, Utah. The goal was to develop an action plan for greening American schools. Toward the end of the conference, Ronald Bogle, president and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), committed to a future workshop that would continue the dialogue.
Bogle recently made good on that promise. From March 7 to 9, the AAF collaborated with the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools to host the National Green Schools Design Summit in Washington, D.C. This time the agenda examined real issues from five city school districts. “We wanted to take the lessons learned from Sundance and expand on them,” says Graham Stroh, AAF program manager. “There’s a lot of power in bringing these groups together.”