We will be offering additional Green & Healthy Schools curriculum workshops this spring focused on gardening, STEM, and more! Watch for details at GHSWisconsin.org.
Green Ribbon Awards
Wisconsin is once again tops in the federal Green Ribbon Schools award program. Four schools and one school district earned recognition in the U.S. Department of Education program. For the second year in a row, that’s more winners from Wisconsin than any other state.
“Any school that earns this designation has worked hard over the long haul to find sustainable ways of improving environmental impacts, monetary costs, and the health of students and staff,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said in congratulating the five winners.
- Park Elementary, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
- Tomorrow River Community Charter School, Tomorrow River School District
- Hurley K-12 School, Hurley School District
- Conserve School (in Land O’ Lakes)
- Greendale School District (among only 9 District Sustainability Awards nationwide)
The winners will be invited to recognition and professional development events in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., this summer and fall.
The federal Green Ribbon program recognizes the often-intertwined achievements of saving energy, reducing costs, fostering health and wellness, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.
Wisconsin’s honorees were nominated by the Department of Public Instruction after attaining the highest level of achievement in the state’s Green and Healthy Schools program.
Environmental education is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. By these actions, environmentally literate citizens will help ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable environment (Wisconsin Environmental Education Board). Other definitions of environmental education can be found on the WAEE web site.
Environmental education is required in Wisconsin schools. State law requires that every school district develop and implement a kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plan. In addition, environmental education objectives and activities shall be integrated into the kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plans, with the greatest emphasis in art, health, science and social studies education [see Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01(2)(k]. Teachers must also be prepared to teach environmental education and those with licenses in agriculture, early childhood, middle childhood to early adolescent, science and social studies must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in environmental education including the conservation of natural resources. [PI 34.15(4)(b)]
Environmental Education in Wisconsin
Victoria Rydberg, WI DPI Environmental Education Consultant
Green Ribbon Schools
Green & Healthy Schools
EEinWisconsin.org - the online guide to Environmental Education in Wisconsin.
For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608)266-0419
For questions about environmental science, contact Shelley Lee (608)266-3319