Esser, Callies, Bickler present at summit

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Park's Rodney "Peanuts" Esser and Amy Callies, along with MCPASD energy manager Neal Bickler, were the keynote speakers at the Green & Healthy Schools Solutions Summit on Oct. 27 at Oregon Middle School.

Esser, the school's custodian for more than 50 years, and Callies, a kindergarten teacher, shared Park's passionate path to becoming a Green and Healthy School. Esser also shared his passion for saving energy, pride in having a clean building and concern for ensuring that Park is healthy for students, staff and families.

Callies and Esser also covered the areas of focus that need to be addressed to be identified as a Sugar Maple School in Wisconsin. Callies noted that Park updated its Sugar Maple status in 2017.

There are nine focus areas recognized by Green and Healthy Schools, including: community involvement, energy, environmental and sustainability education, environmental health (indoor air quality, chemical management, integrated pest management), health and wellness, recycling and waste management, school site, transportation, and water.

Check out the presentation Callies and Esser shared at the summit.

Bickler also shared how much Park has saved the District through its energy efforts over the past decade.

Park received the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award in 2014.

The summit took from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and also included exhibits, a tour and of Oregon Middle School and sessions on best practices in schools and positive solutions for tomorrow.

Last year's summit was held at Kromrey.

Visit the Environmental Education in Wisconsin website to learn more.