Beloit’s Kolak Education Center Makes “Cool Choices” in Green & Healthy Schools Program – Next Opportunity for Schools Starts March 31st
Beloit, WI – March 25, 2014 – Staff at Kolak Education Center, the administrative hub for the Beloit School District, recently participated in an eight-week game promoting real-world wellness and sustainability activities as part of the Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools (GHS) program. GHS is a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. Cool Choices, a nonprofit promoting environmentally sustainable practices, has partnered with GHS to implement the custom sustainability online game for public and private Wisconsin PK-12 schools participating in GHS.
“Kolak Education Center staff really embraced the Green and Healthy Schools Cool Choices program,” said Sara Windjue, Energy Education Specialist with Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. “Over the eight week game Kolak staff claimed almost 150 real-world ‘Cool Choices’ actions for a total of 1,430 points!”
“We are excited about the example Kolak Education Center staff have set for other Beloit school buildings and for school districts statewide,” said Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director of Cool Choices. “GHS aims to reduce waste, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental literacy in Wisconsin public and private schools. The Cool Choices game makes it fun and easy for the participating schools to engage their students, faculty and staff more broadly.”
The Green and Healthy Schools program is free to Wisconsin public and private PK-12 schools. The next round of games begin March 31. Interested schools should visit ghswisconsin.org to learn more about joining GHS or contact Sara Windjue at Sara.Windjue@uwsp.edu directly about participating in the game.
Green & Healthy Schools
Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin is a web-based, self-paced, voluntary program available to all Wisconsin PK-12 public and private schools. A partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, GHS helps schools reduce their resource usage, increase environmental literacy and increase health and safety. For more information visit www.ghswisconsin.org
A Wisconsin nonprofit, Cool Choices inspires and assists individuals, communities and businesses to take actions reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Choices seeks to make sustainable choices the norm by making them fun, social and easy. For more information visit www.coolchoices.com