SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS

Sustainability

  • "Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and environmental requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials and resources to protect human health and our environment." This information was taken from the Environmental Protection Agency Website.
     
    We support educational programs, initiate and implement projects, including sustainable practices for land, energy, water and air leading to a healthy community. Let's work together to make Beloit a greener and healthier community. Volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas, talents, time and skills. Contact us if you have any sustainable ideas or suggestions at business@sdb.k12.wi.us or call 608-361-4015.

Electronics Recycling (E-Cycle)

  • E-Cycle Wisconsin is a statewide, manufacturer-funded program that recycles certain electronics used in homes and schools. Individuals, K-12 public schools and Parental Choice Program schools can use E-Cycle Wisconsin to save on electronics recycling. Others may use the program to find responsible recyclers. Manufacturers, recyclers, collectors, retailers, local governments and others have important roles to play in making E-Cycle Wisconsin a success. Please see the following website for more information such as program results, laws, covered devices and resources at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Ecycle/Wisconsin.html.
     
    The School District of Beloit recycles its electronics in accordance with state and federal requirements. The District holds one to two events each year for school electronics that cannot be repurposed in partnership with a local E-Cycle vendor. The District may hold electronic disposal events that are open to the public depending on school volume but such an event, if offered, would only be offered annually. The City of Beloit offers regular residential recycling options, please click here for details.
     

Tree Restoration

  • The School District of Beloit understands the many environmental, health and social benefits that trees provide to all facets of city life. The District is working towards a school and city movement to engage and energize interest in not only planting trees and fostering greater respect for the city's urban forest, but in volunteerism, environmental education and public policies that will lead to a more beautiful, healthy and more sustainable City of Beloit.
     
    We plan to fulfill our commitment primarily through two ways during the spring and fall seasons:
    • Directly planting trees in cooperation with the City of Beloit, community and student volunteers on school campuses.
    • Partnering with the City of Beloit in community spirit, sharing of their expertise and passion.

    This tree restoration project does not yet have financial sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a lead or supporting sponsor and/or would like to volunteer to plant and care for trees on our campuses, please contact the Executive Director of Business Services at 608-361-4015. We truly appreciate your interest!

  • Announcements:  The School District of Beloit aims to integrate sustainable practices into school operations for the benefit of its staff, students and community. The District has partnered with the City of Beloit to help us achieve our sustainable goals.
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Energy Conservation

  • The School District of Beloit follows an energy conservation program for school staff members that aims to preserve natural resources and provides sustainable cost avoidance. Board of Education adopted energy standards can be referenced at the following link:

Green and Healthy Schools

  • The School District of Beloit has been recognized as part of Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin. This voluntary program is administered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides information, resources and announcements for all school staff, community members and others interested in green and healthy initiatives and activities for Wisconsin schools. Please visit http://eeinwisconsin.org/ for more information.
     
    Through this program, our schools can find support to continue to move forward and receive recognition for green and healthy measures already put in place, such as integrating environmental education in the curriculum and starting new initiatives.

Recycling

  • All of our schools practice recycling of paper, cardboard and commingle such as plastic and cans through a partnership with the City of Beloit Public Works Department and Beloit Box Board Company, Inc.

School Garden

  • Several schools have school gardens and our farm to school program is expanding. School gardens encourage sustainability by raising food, educating the students and community and by promoting healthy eating. 
     
    For more information on our farm to school program, click here.

Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Fran Fruzen Intermediate School was designed with high efficiency measures that exceed Wisconsin building code requirements. The District implemented many energy-saving options into the building design such as a geothermal heating system. This building opened in September, 2015.
     
     

    For a hands on look into our sustainable practices, please visit our  Eco Screen Sustainability Kiosk in the lobby of the Fran Fruzen Intermediate School located at 2600 Milwaukee Road

     
    If you have questions regarding the above building design or have an interest in learning more about our sustainable infrastructure, please contact the Business Office at 608-361-4015 for more information.