Eco-Schools USA has teamed up with Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin (GHSW) to advance sustainable school practices in the state.
Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a partnership managed through Wisconsin’s Center for Environmental Education, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Public Instruction. The goal is to provide streamlined, coordinated pathways for acknowledgement of those schools in Wisconsin who are currently implementing green initiatives, and to identify expertise and resources to advance the implementation of practical solutions for school sustainability. Through this partnership, schools can receive dual enrollment and recognition for their accomplishments.
Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides recognition and support for both PK-12 schools and early learning centers that provide kindergarten through networks of government agencies, nonprofits, schools, higher education institutions. The program also supports individuals to utilize curriculum that reduces environmental impacts and costs, improves health and wellness, and increases environmental literacy of all students.
At the Sheboygan South High School, their school courtyard clean-up has led to an outdoor garden and place of learning for biology, botany, culinary arts, family and consumer science education and special education classes.
Houlton Elementary School has worked to set up several student leadership groups in order to promote a healthier and more sustainable school. Groups range from the R3 Squad, who teach about recycling and composting, to the health and wellness crew, who focus on physical activity and nutrition. Each group works to create fun ways to engage the students in programs and events leading to a healthier school.
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