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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

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Events Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides recognition for Wisconsin PK-12* public and private schools working to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental and sustainability literacy through a self-paced, voluntary, web-based application.

Using the links below, school staff, community members, and others interested in green and healthy initiatives can find information, resources, and events to get started or to continue to enhance green and healthy measures already put in place.

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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a partnership among the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.

*Public school 4K or 5K programs in community locations are eligible for recognition through Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, even if they serve a wider age range. 

Homeschooling families, we welcome your interest in greener & healthier learning communities. Our recognition program is set up only for K-12 schools; so at this time, we are not set up to accept applications from the homeschooling community. However, we do want to assure you that our other resources are available for you to use. Focus area documents on our webpages are available for download. Our Simple Actions for Growing Your Green & Healthy Schools tip sheet is on the lower right-hand corner of this page (downloadable PDF). If the questions on the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin would be useful to you, you may download them from the Resources section of myghswisconsin.org without starting an account. Sign up above to receive our monthly e-newsletter (please put “homeschool” in the School/Organization blank, so we can get an idea of how many families are interested). We also encourage you to consider a trip to DNR’s MacKenzie Center and learn about the resources available from the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative, KEEP, LEAF, and the nature centers near you. Don't forget to follow us on social media!  





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Find a Green & Healthy School near you with this interactive map!

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated three public schools, one school district, and one postsecondary institution from Wisconsin honored with a 2015 Green Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education. The program recognizes schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that demonstrate promising practices to improve the health of students, cut costs, and engage students in hands-on learning experiences.

Register to become a Green & Healthy School – Play the Cool Choices game!
Engage your staff and/or students in an electronic game, Cool Choices, which will help you in completing the GHS application in a fun, easy, and social way. This game is only available to schools certified in the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin program!

Green & Healthy Schools Institute
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Kromery Middle School - Green teams, teachers, students, administrators, facility managers, custodial staff, school board members - all school staff members - are encouraged to attend this one day event to learn how to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental literacy.

  Related Organizations
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  
Madison, WI 53707-7921
The DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction  
Madison, WI 53707 United States
EE has been required in Wisconsin's schools since 1983. DPI's Environmental Education Consultant, Victoria Rydberg, provides support to teachers and the EE field as a whole to build capacity for environmental literacy in the state.
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education  
Stevens Point, WI 54481
The WCEE assists in the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of teacher and student K-12 EE programs.

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Organization at a Glance
AddressAttn. GHS Coordinator WA/5
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI United States 53707-7921
(608) 267-7622
Cindy Koepke
(608) 267-7622  Green & Healthy Schools Coordinator
Victoria Rydberg
(608) 266-0419  Environmental Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Susan Schuller
(715) 346-4150  Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

MissionShow Details
Support and encourage schools to create safe and healthy learning environments and prepare students to understand, analyze, and address the major environmental and sustainability challenges now and in the future.
Cost of Programs/AdmissionShow Details
The Green & Healthy Schools program is a free program for all public/charter or independent/private PK-12 schools in Wisconsin.
Specific Locations ServedShow Details
Public/charter and private/independent schools in Wisconsin.
Staff and Volunteer Resources Show Details
  • Service Learning Projects

Posted 9/5/2013 2:35 PM
Updated   10/15/2015

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