There is a profound need for a comprehensive vocational high school that would give all students in the opportunity to train for careers in the emerging green economy. In this working session, Len Greenwood and Joseph Kennedy will share their experience developing GreenQuest, a proposed vocation high school in Sonoma County, and lead a working session dedicated to utilizing the gathered wisdom of conference attendees to help manifest it. Through partnering with local business and other experts, GreenQuest students would study and contribute to “real world” issues such as climate change, building efficiency, environmental protection, etc. through practical service-learning projects, while also undergoing exceptional academic preparation for further studies. Through profound engagement of student, teacher and community members, dropout rates would be reduced, remediation needs eliminated, and emerging students will be nurtured through ongoing mentorships into satisfying career paths. The goal is whole human beings, ready to take on the profound challenges of our day in a positive and practical fashion. This session will give participants the opportunity to contribute to furthering this endeavor through a “design charette” approach to key components of the project, including fundraising, site, public-vs-private, curriculum, business engagement, etc.