Green & Healthy Schools - Wisconsin
A Green & Healthy School is a voluntary program available to all public and private schools in Wisconsin. This program is administered through a joint partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point.
The goal of Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental and sustainability literacy.
A team of individuals at McDill collect all of the Green & Healthy initiatives that take place at McDill and place the information into McDill’s online application.
There are nine focus areas in the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Program:
- Environmental & Sustainability Education
- Environmental Health
- Health & Wellness
- Recycling & Waste Management
- School Site
McDill became a Sprout Green & Healthy School in 2015, which means the school was ready to document successes, share information, and learn how to become even more Green & Healthy. There were already many things happening at McDill which were Green & Healthy.
During the 2015/16 school year, McDill showed evidence of success in at least one of the focus areas. This enabled McDill to be recognized as a Seedling School (Growing Stronger).
This video documents the 2015/16 Green & Healthy School initiatives.
During the 2016/17 school year, McDill showed evidence of success in at least five of the focus areas. This enabled McDill to be recognized as a Sapling School. This video shows some of the 2016/17 Green & Healthy School initiatives.
In the spring of 2018, McDill was able to show achievements in all nine areas of the Green & Healthy Schools program and was recognized as a Sugar Maple School! Congratulations to the whole school community!
We continued to excel in building a Green & Healthy culture in the 2018/19 school year. Some activities included monthly family nights to engage students and their families in Green & Healthy activities, such as tapping a maple tree on school grounds, learning about the community garden and pollinator gardens, and celebrating Earth Day as a community.
We welcome you to join the Green & Healthy Schools efforts at McDill. It takes the whole school community to embrace Green & Healthy initiatives, including staff, students, and families, and the Green & Healthy School journey will never be over.
The following projects/events need your help (lead person listed after each event):
Green Apple Day of Service event: Courtney Vaughan, email@example.com
This national event that takes place at the end of September engages students and families to improve our school grounds. Projects may involve raking the trails, spreading wood chips, weeding/planting, etc.
Butterfly Garden: Sara Windjue, firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to help weed our butterfly garden or develop new gardens for pollinators? These spaces make for great learning opportunities.
Courtyard: The central courtyard at our school houses a water feature, picnic tables, and perennials. This space is always in need of care such as weeding, removing invasive species, planting native species, cleaning the pond, etc.
Forest Management: The 5-acre woods on our property is a Jack Pine forest that is thick with trees. Working with the DNR forester, we'd like to make room for other tree species found here (Cherry, Maple, Oak), remove non-native species, and continue to make the woods a better place for learning, recreation, and exercise.
Candlelight Hike or Earth Day Celebration: This annual event brings families together for an evening of fresh air and walking through our woods. Help is needed to plan the event, make the candlelights (if applicable), design a flyer, coordinate volunteers, etc.
Community Garden: Donnetta Kiifner, email@example.com
McDill has a large community garden on site which is utilized by many families during the growing season. Each year, kindergarteners plant pumpkins and then harvest them as first graders. We need help each summer to keep the pumpkin patch weeded. Can you and your family help?
Outdoor space including playground and soccer fields: Cynthia Brundage, firstname.lastname@example.org
The McDill Elementary School Outdoor Planning Team (MESOPT) is working on designing, building, and sustaining our outdoor space for recreation, education, and health for McDill Elementary and our surrounding community.
Recycling/Waste Management/Composting: We recycle markers, milk cartons, paper, aluminum,and glass...can we do more? We can with your help!
Health and Wellness: Courtney Vaughan, email@example.com
Do you have ideas to make our students healthier?
Energy: Sara Windjue, firstname.lastname@example.org
How can we reduce our energy consumption in school? Can we find a way to utilize renewable energy (solar, wind)?
Grant writing: Do you have a knack for finding money? We'd love your help writing grants to help fund any of these projects!
Student Engagement: Would you like to engage students in activities that build their leadership skills and knowledge in the environmental/sustainability field? Perhaps this is an after-school club or family engagement events. How can we empower students more to take ownership of our surrounding environment?