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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

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Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is web-based, self-paced, voluntary, and available to all Wisconsin PK-12* public and private schools. The program is administered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides information, resources, and announcements for all school staff, community members, and others interested in green and healthy initiatives and activities for Wisconsin schools.

Through this program, schools can find support to get started or continue to move forward and receive recognition for green and healthy measures already put in place, such as integrating environmental education in the curriculum, upgrading to efficient fluorescent lighting fixtures or attaining LEED or Energy Star Certification. 

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






News & Information
On December 1, 2014, Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin will close the online application in order to transition to a new application portal. We expect to open the new system to all schools on or around April 1, 2015. You don't have to do anything right now.
Wisconsin is tops again in federal Green Ribbon Schools program. State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated four schools and one school district from Wisconsin which earned Green Ribbon Awards from the U.S. Department of Education. For the second year in a row, more
winners in the program come from Wisconsin than any other state.

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!

Looking for a way to improve recycling efforts at your school? The Green & Healthy School Recycling Bin Grant provides up to 25 FREE recycling bins for your 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
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
Elisabeth Olson
(608) 264-9258  Recycling Education Coordinator, WI Dept. of Natural Resources
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   3/4/2015
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