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News & Notes: March 4

March 4, 2014

Greendale Schools Nominated for Green Ribbon School Recognition

Greendale — The Greendale School District has been nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program.

In addition, the district was nominated for a national District Sustainability Award and has earned Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin "Sugar Maple" certification. National winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

To earn federal Department of Education recognition, schools must save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, promote health and wellbeing for students and staff, and offer robust environmental education curricula and programs to boost student academic achievement and community engagement.

Greendale's Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools "Sugar Maple" certification comes after completing extensive data collection and reporting in nine focus areas: energy, water, transportation, environmental health, school site, recycling and waste management, health and wellness, environmental education and community involvement.

Ragnar Relay to wind through Oak Creek in June

Oak Creek — The Common Council last month approved a run/walk license for the Ragnar Relay Chicago 2014 race, a charitable benefit, to be held June 6 and June 7.

It is anticipated that 500 teams will take part, according to information provided on the Oak Creek city website. Each team comprises 12 individuals and two transport vans. Only one person from each team will run at a time.

The first runners will start in Madison on June 6. Runners are anticipated to enter the city of Oak Creek about 9:30 p.m. June 6, with the last runners leaving the city by 7:30 a.m. June 7, the city website states.

The race course typically follows sidewalks, running paths, bike lanes and road shoulders. No lane closures are anticipated. All participants are required to wear reflective vests, headlamps and LED lights during nighttime hours.

The race route is available on the city website, OakCreekWI.org.

Wild Ones Natural Landscapers presents Exotic Invasion

Franklin — Jill Hapner, executive director of the Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, will challenge the public with the presentation "The Exotic Invasion of our Native Landscape: What Are We Doing About It?"

The program focuses on the ecology of invasive exotic species with many examples describing how the worst weeds are changing the environment. The event will be held at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The program is free, but there is a nominal parking fee.

Call (414) 299-9888, Ext. 2, for more information.

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