Green School

Green School logoGreen School is a cutting-edge, two-year training program designed to educate park and recreation professionals on how to promote environmental responsibility, lead green initiatives in their communities, and position themselves as advocates for environmental responsibility and conservation stewardship. The 2015 Green School is the last year the program will be offered in its current format and will only be available to Year 2 students. However, we are currently working on several innovative options to deliver a comprehensive curriculum based on the concepts of sustainability and conservation in a more targeted fashion. 

Year 2 Green School
March 22-26, 2015
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia

Learning Objectives

1. Promote sustainable landscapes

a. Identify strategies to protect natural resources
b. Outline methods to conserve water and energy
c. Demonstrate Sustainable Landscapes

2. Foster the next generation of stewards

a. Demonstrate effective techniques to engage youth in conservation
b. Recognize opportunities to engage volunteers in stewardship
c. Utilize technology to promote conservation

3. Provide leadership for sustainable communities

a. Develop dynamic partnerships
b. Distinguish themselves as conservation leaders within the community
c. Employ best management conservation practices


Year Two Session Topics 

  • Energy Audit and Alternative Energy
  • Creating Great Spaces for Nature Play
  • Green Procurement
  • Why Innovation Matters
  • Strategic Communications
  • Measuring and Reporting Results
  • Environmental Restoration


Who Should Attend

Park and recreation professionals who are responsible for or have been charged with environmental sustainability.

Participant Insight

The keynote speaker was great and really lit a fire to get us excited about the week. His experience and wisdom on the topic was obvious and his enthusiasm was evident. Great choice.

Thank you NRPA and Toro. I was looking forward to attending and got important information that I can use. I even learned a lot about myself. I like the size of the group, the schedule and the facility. Overall, it was well worth the cost, which I paid myself, not just coming on the agency dime.

I feel that the course gives you the tools that are necessary to implement programs and features in a parks and recreation system to move you toward a more sustainable organization.

You can also read the NRPA blog post “The Buzz on NRPA Green School.

Additional Information


The Toro Company is excited to collaborate with the National Recreation and Park Association to bring you the 2015 Green School. We are proud to help give back to the industry, and we are helping Toro Loyalty Counts (TLC) members by adding NRPA Green School credits to the reward offerings. Now TLC members can redeem points toward registration fees. Redemption is easy, TLC members need to log into their account at and go to the “Rewards” section of the site. They’ll find various credit denominations from $5 - $100. For those interested in the TLC program, enrollment is free, and can be done online at

For more information about the program content, contact customer service at

For information on registration, contact Oglebay Resort and Conference Center at  

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