NRPA's First Ever Green School Kicks Off at Oglebay


by Posted on February 27, 2012

Park and recreation professionals from across the country are in Wheeling, West Virginia this week to attend the first ever NRPA Green School, a cutting edge two year program at the Oglebay Institute. 

What is Green School and why is it important?

Increasingly, the public expects that their park and recreation agencies lead conservation efforts and thus the improvement of the quality of life and the health of their communities.  With this expectation comes the demand for park and recreation professionals to learn the latest in conservation, greening, and sustainability practices.

Green School does just that, offering training and education for park and recreation professionals seeking to adopt energy conservation, sustainability practices, green purchasing and adaptive management strategies.  

Yesterday, the school kicked off with an inspiring keynote on sustainability from Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, of the City of Burnsville, MN, immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  In addition, there were two other presentations from Paula Sliefert of the Toro Company and Eriks Janelsins, Green School Director. 

The school also made the news in Wheeling on both the local NBC and CBS affiliates! Check out the photos from the opening and video from the CBS newscast:

Green School News Reporter 

Paula Sliefert of the Toro Company and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz

Green School Keynote 

Eriks Janelsins addressing the attendees

Green School Media Clip

News report from WTRF, CBS.

We certainly are excited for a week full of green inspiration and will continue to bring you updates along the way.  If you aren’t already, follow us on Twitter (@NRPA_News) and like us on Facebook to stay updated.  And don’t forget to subscribe to NRPA Now using the RSS feed so you never miss a post!

Share your thoughts! 

  1. Has your community expressed a desire for more conservation efforts?
  2. Have you implemented sustainability or conservation practices in your community and if so, what has been successful?  
  3. Where do you go to learn about the latest on conservation efforts in parks and rec?

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