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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

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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. Want more details?

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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a partnership between 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. 

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News article about two great Waukesha County programs to benefit school rain gardens and water education.

Play the Cool Choices game to jump start your initiatives! Schools participating in the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin can encourage staff and/or students to engage in sustainable behaviors in a fun, easy, and social way by playing Cool Choices, an online game which supports your Green & Healthy School efforts.

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated two public schools and one school district from Wisconsin nominated for a 2016 Green Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Project Learning Tree Training for K-8 Educators--Pringle Nature Center
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Presented by: Project Learning Tree - Wisconsin
Pringle Nature Center - Become trained in PLT’s renowned K-8 curriculum, which contains 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities. Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, and more...
Green & Healthy Schools Institute
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Kromrey 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.
Green Ribbon Schools Applications Due
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016
Friday, Dec 1, 2017
Saturday, Dec 1, 2018
Sunday, Dec 1, 2019
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
Presenter/Location: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Completing the Green & Healthy schools application by December 1 will put schools in the running for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award. The assessment can be completed over time and not all questions need to be answered.

  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.
Wisconsin Sustainable Schools Coalition  
Madison, WI 53703 United States
The Wisconsin Sustainable Schools Coalition is a forum for sharing and collaborating to provide school districts with the information and tools they need to achieve their sustainability goals. The Coalition serves in an advisory capacity for many statewide initiatives, including Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin.

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Organization at a Glance
AddressGreen & Healthy Schools 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) 616-9246  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 K-12 schools in Wisconsin.
Specific Locations ServedShow Details
All K-12 schools in Wisconsin: public, charter, private, and independent.
Staff and Volunteer Resources Show Details
  • Service Learning Projects

Posted 9/5/2013 2:35 PM
Updated   5/16/2016

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