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Events Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides recognition for 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. About Us


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*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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Imagine students using the environment as their context for learning while meeting math, science, ELA, and social studies academic targets and building self-esteem and leadership skills. That is the design of High Marq Environmental Charter School in Montello, WI. The school serves 32 students grades 7-12. Community involvement is core to the learning experience.

Four Green & Healthy Schools were represented during the Wisconsin DNR Educator Workshops on Groundwater this winter: Burlington High School, Green Lake School District, JI Case High School, and Germantown High School.

Sugar Creek Elementary School (Verona Area School District) has been working extensively to improve the health and wellness of not only their students and staff, but also families and community members as a means of implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Read more how this WSCC approach works in a school.

Learn about how the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) are part of every school day at Tomorrow River community Charter School.

The connections that Washburn Elementary School has between its gardens, curriculum and community support ongoing garden-based learning and student success.

On July 19, the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees received accolades at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for their sustainable, healthy facilities; wellness practices; and sustainability learning.

Maple Grove Elementary has a new school forest, the first registered in 2017.

Brooklyn Elementary, in the Oregon School District, is working to conserve and protect water. This is an article for the March 2017 GHSW e-newsletter.

Starms Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee gets students started early in Environmental and Sustainability 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.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to learn more about each focus area, stay up to date on events, and connect with the network. You can also view past issues here.

As of August 7, 2017, there are 440 active participants. To remain active in Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, participants must update their application at least once every 3 years. You can view schools by county or on a map.

FREE Green & Healthy Schools Outdoor Learning Workshop--MADISON - Bring Your Team!
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 9 AM to 3 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Green & Healthy School Workshops offered this school year. Teams of up to 4 from a school or district are encouraged to attend. Participants receive $100 to support substitution fees for attending or to put toward their sustainability project at school...

  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
Environmental education is an interdisciplinary field of study required in Wisconsin public schools. The DPI Environmental Education Consultant 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 environmental education 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
Victoria Rydberg
(608) 616-9246  Environmental Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Susan Schuller
(715) 346-4150  Senior Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

MissionShow Details
Empower, Support, and Recognize schools for nurturing healthy kids and sustainable communities.
Cost of Programs/AdmissionShow Details
The Green & Healthy Schools program is a free program for all pK-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   2/26/2018

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