2015 Nevada Green Schools STEM Summit

2015 Nevada Green Schools Summit

Connecting Sustainability, STEM, and Urban Agriculture

Event: Green Schools STEM Summit
Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: West Career & Technical Academy
11945 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135

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The 1st Annual Nevada Green Schools Summit brings together Educators, School Administrators, Facility Managers, Design & Construction Industry Professionals, and Green Education Organizations to share successes and identify opportunities to incorporate STEM Education, Sustainability, and Urban Agriculture through Green Schools.

We are excited to bring this statewide collaborative event to Southern Nevada in 2015!

For more information, contact: Amber Bosket - Office: (877) 944-7749 - Email: contact@staterenewableenergy.com

The New Nevada Economy

Together with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Green Power Program and Green Our Planet we expect more than 200 K-12 Education stakeholders, policy makers, community organizations and green building industry professionals to attend the inaugural Nevada Green Schools STEM Summit on the future of education, sustainability and building a healthy, local food system. All are key components for realizing what many, including Governor Brian Sandoval, have called the New Nevada Economy which will be rooted in science and innovation.

Designed to be a statewide event, the focus of the 2015 Green Schools STEM Summit will be on developing strategies to incorporate sustainability into STEM based curriculum that is experiential and utilizes green classroom environments, school gardens and indoor agriculture to promote innovative, place-based learning. Providing healthy learning environments where students and teachers can thrive is the reason behind our ultimate goal to provide "Green Schools For All Within a Generation."

Featured Keynote Speakers

Nationally recognized Keynote Speakers and expert Panelists from Nevada and the Western region will be featured speaking on the latest developments in STEM Education, Sustainability, and Urban Agriculture. Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

Dale Erquiaga, Green School Summit keynote speaker

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dale Erquiaga

Chief Strategy Officer to Governor Brian Sandoval

GENERATIONS TO COME: Innovation and the New Nevada

In his second inaugural address, Governor Sandoval dedicated the remainder of his time in office to the future generations of Nevada. He pushed forward with dramatic education reforms that will build upon economic development successes.

Now, the Governor and his Cabinet are focused on fulfilling the promise of opportunity in the New Nevada – from education and workforce development to safe and livable communities and an efficient and responsive state government. All these outcomes are rooted in science, innovation and technology. The Governor’s Chief Strategy Officer will discuss the current planning landscape and early preparation for the 2017 Legislative Session.

Dr. Steve Brown, Green School Summit keynote speaker

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Brown

Educational Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Steve A. Brown provides technical assistance, professional leadership and expertise in developing, improving and evaluating Career and Technical Education programs.

He supports Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) integration into Career and Technical Education; collaborates with the Career and Technical Student Organizations; assists with project coordination for Rigorous Programs of Study and serves on the national Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO). He currently serves as the national advisor and board chair of the National FFA Organization.

Dr. Brown has more than 35 years of service to Career and Technical Education. He began his professional career as an agricultural education instructor and FFA Advisor at the Area Career and Technical Center in Macon, Missouri. He served as a district supervisor in agricultural education and state FFA executive secretary at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for 23 years before coming to the U.S. Department of Education in March of 2008. Brown earned a doctoral degree in agricultural education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has previously served in many professional roles in his career such as president of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education and as a director on the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Dr. Brown is committed to providing high quality education to all students and integrating STEM into courses at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels. He continues to work and provide resources so that students will graduate high school as both college and career ready thus becoming valuable members of society.

Jenny Wiedower, Green School Summit keynote speaker

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Jenny Wiedower

National K-12 Manager, U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools

Whole-School Sustainability and the Center For Green Schools’ National Action Plan

Jenny Wiedower will introduce the “Whole-School Sustainability” framework for setting schools up for maximum success in pursuit of green goals, paying particular attention to the opportunities for, and benefits of, embedding sustainability into educational programs across a school system.

Her talk will cover national sustainability education initiatives, such as the National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, and new resources for schools and educators like the Learning Lab K-12 education platform; and will highlight the ways that the Center for Green Schools is supporting communities across the globe who are making strides in all three pillars of a green school: reduced environmental impact; increased health and increased environmental literacy.

Stephen Ritz, Green School Summit keynote speaker

Closing Keynote Speaker: Steven Ritz

Founder of the Green Bronx Machine and Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalist. Uses sustainable agriculture to engage and inspire some of New York’s most at-risk and special needs students.


Watch an over-amped, hyper-kinetic, manic, adult child rant on stage and foam at the mouth about the joys of growing and eating vegetables while creating anarchy in the public school system! Beats prescription medication and shock therapy!

Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine is delighted to share his experience, strength and hope guided by the simple belief that children should not have to leave their neighborhood to live, learn and earn in a better one. Mindful that healthy children are at the heart of healthy schools and healthy schools are at the heart of resilient communities, his outcome based, academic approach has brought a whole new meaning to A, B, C, D's in school - Asset Based Community Development.

His students and his school are now high performing, high achieving epicenters for the community and are facilitating hyper-local organic growth and community stewardship; engaged stakeholders who cooperate, collaborate and build concentric circles of success aligned to sound development and local businesses. He is proud to share his actionable, replicable model which focusses upon moving those who are "apart from" success to becoming "a part of" solutions that benefit 100% of society while living elegantly and eloquently in line with Mother Nature. It all starts with seeds!

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Program Tracks

The Summit will feature three education tracks organized around the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Three Pillars of Education, Environment and Health:

I. Sustainability and STEM

Environmental education through STEM based curriculum, project based learning, and the integration of technology. A technical track is designed with industry practitioners in mind and dives deeper into the topic identified.

II. Green Places To Learn

Greening Nevada School Facilities to improve student and teacher performance and reduce the environmental impact and operating costs. A technical track is designed with building industry practitioners and facility managers in mind and dives deeper into school design, construction, green retrofits, operations & maintenance.

III. Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Using School Gardens and indoor vertical agriculture technologies to promote health and wellness and teach STEM based topics including business, health, earth science, and culinary arts.

See the current Program Schedule (PDF) for more information:

Program Schedule

Interactive Schedule


Continental breakfast and lunch prepared with organic local/regional ingredients by Las Vegas celebrity chefs will be provided.


This event is designed as zero-carbon and zero-waste.


5 CEU’s are available for LEED APs and LEED Green Associates.

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Thank you to the U.S. Green Building Council - Nevada Chapter for bringing together this group of community partners from across the Silver State to prepare our students for careers in the growing clean energy and indoor agriculture industries in Nevada. I congratulate all involved in this effort to help Nevada's students now and into the future become better citizens of the world."

- Governor Brian Sandoval


We are excited to bring this statewide collaborative event to Southern Nevada in 2015 with the support of numerous key sponsors and partner organizations including:


Garden Tower Project Vegas PBS


Aria Resort & Casino / MGM Resorts Greenview Global Consulting Indoor Farms NV Energy State Renewable Energy Switch Communications


Advanced Global Solutions Aramark Bombard Renewable Energy Bright Agrotech The Howard Hughes Corporation Integrated Veterans Services Krayvings McKinstry Origin India Republic Services Urbaform Technologies Whiting-Turner


Brady CBP Strategies

Summit Supporter

GreenDreamWeb MMC Contractors Stalk Market Products Star Nursery Wonder Soil

There are additional Green School Summit sponsorship opportunities still available:


Our Green Schools Community Partner Organizations include:

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