May 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM–5:30 PM

The nation’s public education sector includes 98,000 public school buildings, 2 million acres of land, and 480,000 school buses – the largest mass transit fleet in the country. Currently, school infrastructure earned a D+ on America’s infrastructure report card, but investments in schools can accelerate the transition to a clean economy, create good jobs now, and help advance a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society.

Join K12 Climate Action, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, Sierra Club, and World Resources Institute for a two-part event to learn about the opportunities to make school buildings, grounds, and transportation models for sustainability. Hear from infrastructure experts, community leaders, and policymakers from around the country over the course of two days.

Day 1 (Tuesday): Keynote addresses, moderated panels on school buildings and school grounds

  • Welcome Message: Secretary John B. King, Jr. and Governor Christine Todd Whitman; K12 Climate Climate Action Co-chairs
  • Keynote Address: Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • School Buildings Panel:
    • Tim Cole, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • Wyck Knox, VMDO Architects
    • Tish Tablan, Generation180
    • Brian Kennedy, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
    • Moderator: Rachel Golden, Sierra Club
  • Keynote: Mayor Suarez (Miami, FL) in conversation with former U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo
  • School Grounds Panel:
    • Sadiya Muqueeth, Trust for Public Land
    • Kenneth Varner, Healthy Schools Campaign
    • Moderator: Laura Schifter, K12 Climate Action

Day 2 (Thursday): Keynote addresses, moderated panel on electric school buses

  • Welcome Message: Secretary John B. King, Jr. and Governor Christine Todd Whitman; K12 Climate Climate Action Co-chairs
  • Keynote conversation: To Be Announced
  • Panel Conversation on Electric School Bust Transportation
    • Andrew Brennan, National Geographic Education Fellow and Explorer supporting youth-led movements
    • Rich DiMatteo, Highland Electric Transportation
    • Katherine Garcia, Sierra Club
    • Gilbert Rosas, Stockton Unified School District
    • Moderator: Dan Lashof, World Resources Institute

Stay tuned for updates on speakers!