“Making Cool Choices in Green & Healthy Schools” Receives Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Grant
Madison, WI – May 10, 2013 – The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) has awarded Cool Choices a $10,000 grant for its Making Cool Choices in Green & Healthy Schools program. Cool Choices, a nonprofit promoting environmentally sustainable practices, has partnered with Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools (GHS) to implement the custom sustainability game for public and private Wisconsin PK-12 schools that participate in GHS. GHS is a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.
“We are delighted to receive WEEB support for this innovative statewide effort,” said Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director of Cool Choices. “GHS aims to reduce waste, improve health and wellness and increase environmental literacy in Wisconsin’s public and private schools and the Cool Choices game will help participating schools engage students, faculty and staff more broadly.”
In 2013 the GHS team will train at least 120 public and private K-12 schools on the updated GHS program and the new Making Cool Choices in Green & Healthy Schools game. The training will reach schools from urban to rural Wisconsin. Ultimately the program could reach all 3,000+ Wisconsin PK-12 schools.
Established in 2009, Cool Choices inspires and assists individuals, communities and businesses to take actions reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. A Madison-based nonprofit, Cool Choices seeks to make sustainable choices the norm by making them fun, social and easy. For more information visit www.coolchoicesnetwork.org
Wisconsin Environmental Education Board
Initiated in 1990, the WEEB’s mission is to “provide leadership in the development of learning opportunities that empower Wisconsin citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to make wise environmental decisions and take responsible actions in their personal lives, work places, and communities.” For more information visit http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/weeb
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