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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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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 Workshops - Bring Your Team!
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 9 AM to 3 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Four different topic workshops will be offered for Green & Healthy Schools. 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.
Green & Healthy Schools Solutions Summit
Friday, Oct 27, 2017 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday, Mar 9, 2018 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Connect with others from around the state who are advancing sustainability efforts in schools. Learn to engage staff and students in reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and increasing environmental literacy...
Green Ribbon Schools Applications Due
Friday, Dec 1, 2017
Presented by: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Participants wishing to be considered for nomination to the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award program must complete all focus areas and electronically submit their applications by December 1. This is an annual recurring deadline...

  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 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  Senior 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   7/5/2017

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