Free workshops on turning schools 'Green & Healthy'

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Staff | September 18, 2013

MADISON – The Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Program is conducting free workshops in several locations this fall to educate teachers, administrators and other school staff about how to incorporate the program into their schools.

Locally, school staff members can learn more about the program at a one-day workshop, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #2 building, 1221 Innovation Drive, Whitewater.

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a Web-based, self-paced voluntary program available to all Wisconsin pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade public and private schools. Program goals include helping schools reduce costs, improve health and wellness and increase environmental literacy. The program is administered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.

The workshops will connect GHS program staff with area schools and bring local resources and school officials together. Training will provide an in-depth introduction to the program, and how to receive recognition for achievements focusing on:

• community involvement;
• energy;
• environmental and sustainability education;
• environmental health;
• health and wellness;
• recycling & waste management;
• school site;
• transportation; and
• water.

Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to connect with area businesses, nature centers, local governments and non-profit organizations. Participants will also leave with a plan for making their individual schools green and healthy.

Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop along with an expense stipend of $100 per attendee (for up to 4 individuals from each school), to be used to cover expenses of attending the workshop or for expenses related to Green & Healthy Schools.

Funding provide for by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Visit Wisconsin's Green and Healthy Schools website to learn more or to register. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Caitlin Henning at (608) 267-7622.

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