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Sustainability Wiz Launches in the U.S.
Jun 30, 2008 (08:06 AM EDT)


MENLO PARK, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sustainability Wiz, the world's first online sustainability platform for school communities, was launched today in the U.S. during the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio, TX. Based on independent research and years of practical experience with thousands of schools, Sustainability Wiz gives teachers a unique solution for incorporating sustainability in meaningful ways into curricula, operations and culture. Sustainability Wiz enables administrators to make significant triple bottom line savings -- economic, environmental and social -- and it supports parental participation in learning.

"Using our experience in developing the internationally successful Dynamic LearnSpace Studywiz Spark for K-12, we have teamed up to build Sustainability Wiz with Gould Group, a renowned environmental, sustainability and climate change education organization formed in 1909," said Bob Longo, Executive Vice President, Studywiz Spark. "Sustainability Wiz helps schools build an enriching learning experience out of their efforts to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, and we are delighted to be releasing it in the United States following a successful launch in the UK and Australia earlier this year."

"Sustainability Wiz is the product of independent research and 100 years of practical experience with thousands of schools," said Anne-Maree Colborne, CEO, Gould Group. "Deep research provides the foundation and support for the practical applications of the product. It is this combination of research and experience that have made Sustainability Wiz a recognized leader as the world's first online sustainability platform for school communities."

-- Using Sustainability Wiz, teachers can follow guided sustainability programs for the classroom and whole-school initiatives or select from ad-hoc resources to tackle issues such as waste, water and energy usage. Sustainability Wiz houses powerful monitoring, benchmarking and collaboration tools to calculate environmental footprints while facilitating real-time feedback and discussion.

-- Sustainability Wiz is built on 100 years of experience and independent research into environmental sustainability education by the Gould Group. It allows students to engage in addressing climate change through actions within their schools. Research indicates that more than 64 percent of families change their behavior towards sustainability in the home as a result of their children being involved with Sustainability Wiz.

-- Sustainability Wiz enables administrators to reduce environmental operating costs by providing them with monitoring and data benchmarking tools to measure and improve efficiency in water usage, energy consumption and waste management. Administrators and schools will be able to track their performance against national and international targets for carbon reductions. Schools that participate in Sustainability Wiz education programs report 30 percent reductions in their use of environmental resources and significant savings in their operating budget.

-- Sustainability Wiz is deployed globally in various countries including the United Kingdom, Australia and China -- and is now available for schools in the United States. It services elementary and secondary schools worldwide and connects users to an online global community to share best practices and develop international links. To support the implementation of Sustainability Wiz, the Gould Group provides leadership and mentoring advice to ensure the successful adoption of sustainability strategies and programs.

"Our Long Island High School for the Arts has worked on important cross-global collaborations on the topic of environmentalism, together with Australian schools, using Studywiz Spark," said Fred Podolski, Executive Director of the Nassau BOCES Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Long Island, New York. "Students seem to intuitively know that the solution lies in taking best practices from the global community -- it will be exciting to see Sustainability Wiz put those practices into a local community context, school by school."

Schools interested in Sustainability Wiz should contact Studywiz Spark representatives at 732-448-0779. Studywiz Sparks' second North American User Conference is planned for August 11-13 in Sunday River, Bethel, Maine for educators to learn best practices on Studywiz Spark in the country and around the world. More details are available at www.studywizspark.com/uc2008 .

About Sustainability Wiz

Sustainability Wiz is the world's first online sustainability platform for school communities. Sustainability Wiz takes schools on a journey towards sustainability using tools and resources to drive eco-change in the school and wider community. Based on independent research and practical experience with thousands of schools, Sustainability Wiz gives teachers a unique solution for incorporating sustainability in meaningful ways into curricula, operations and culture. Sustainability Wiz enables administrators to make significant triple bottom line savings -- economic, environmental and social -- and it supports parental participation in learning. Learn more at www.sustainabilitywiz.com .

About Studywiz Spark

Studywiz Spark is the first and only Dynamic LearnSpace for K-12 education, providing an enriched learning environment for students. Studywiz Spark offers a safe, personalized space for learning that engages students, teachers and parents and allows administrators to secure a return on their investments in technology and learning. Studywiz Spark gives teachers a unique tool for elevating instruction through educational content collection, organization and interactivity; collaborative and personalized learning; real-time feedback and assessment. Studywiz Spark supports parental participation in learning and affords access to all users safely and easily through the Internet. For more information on Studywiz Spark, visit www.studywizspark.com .

Etech Group was founded in 1993 and specializes in developing online learning technology for educational environments. Etech Group provides best-of-breed applications and development services that promote collaboration and enhance outcome-focused learning.

CONTACT: Jennifer Bannan, +1-412-580-3675, jen@0to5.com, Shannon Roulston,+1-917-675-0628, , both for Studywiz Spark

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