TRCCS is a National Green Ribbon School Winner!
State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated four schools and one school district for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program. TRCCS is lucky to be one of those schools, and we feel very proud to have accomplished this in our first year! TRCCS has received the Wisconsin Green and Healthy School’s “Sugar Maple” certification and will be recognized nationally through Project Learning Tree’s “Green Schools” program. TRCCS went through an extensive application process to receive this recognition, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to see our application. This will give you an idea of the extensive work TRCCS is doing to make our school as green, environmentally conscious, healthy, and community oriented as we can. If you have ideas of how we can strengthen our programming please share, we are always looking to grow.
At TRCCS sustainability and the environment run deep. Nature and arousing children’s reverence for it are major facets of the public school’s Waldorf-inspired curriculum. Situated at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point’s Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES), the school is located in rural Amherst, Wisconsin, a progressive community that has a lineage of alternative energy and sustainability. With neighbors and partners like the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Farmshed, local organic farmers, and lovers of the arts and outdoors, it is critical to the mission of the school and the community to raise stewards of the earth through education, mentoring, and immersion. TRCCS has documented significant achievement in all three pillars of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
To earn recognition, schools must save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, promote health and well-being for students and staff, and offer robust environmental education curricula and programs to boos student academic achievement and community engagement. “It takes a school-wide collaboration by teachers, administration, faculty managers, and students to become a nominee for the Green Ribbon Schools program, ” Evers said. “I commend these schools for focusing on ways to make their schools safe, healthy, and effective environments that support student learning.” The focus areas for the WI Green & Healthy Schools program are: energy, water, transportation, environmental health, school site, recycling and waste management, health and wellness, environmental education, and community involvement. A state-level team of education consultants and content experts reviewed each application. To learn more about these programs please visit the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools site, or Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin site.