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Macomb County Green Schools

The intent of the Michigan Green Schools Program is to encourage students to participate in activities which help them learn about preserving natural resources, protecting the environment and energy efficiency and savings.

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Established in 2006, the Michigan Green Schools program is open to any K-12 public or private school in Michigan. To receive a “Green School” designation, each school must apply by submitting an appropriate application to the county/intermediate school district in which the school is located each year. The intent of the Michigan Green Schools Program is to encourage students to participate in activities which help them learn about preserving natural resources, protecting the environment and to promote energy efficiency and savings.

 

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What is the Green Schools program?

Established in 2006, the Michigan Green Schools program is open to any K-12 public or private school in Michigan. To receive a “Green School” designation, each school must apply by submitting an appropriate application to the county/intermediate school district in which the school is located each year. The intent of the Michigan Green Schools Program is to encourage students to participate in activities which help them learn about preserving natural resources, protecting the environment and to promote energy efficiency and savings.

Why participate in the Green Schools program?

The Michigan Green Schools program is a fun, educational initiative that encourages students to participate in activities that are good for the environment and promote energy efficiency and savings.

Be sure to check out a few events going on at other Macomb County Green Schools by visiting the Info-Ideas-Events page. If you have something going on related to your Green School Program, please let the BOC know so it can help promote!

Click here for ideas, activity opportunities, and other resources.

Announcing: The 2023/2024 Macomb County Green Schools program

Exciting news for the 2023/2024 program year! The Michigan Green Schools program is now housed under the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). As one of the largest participating counties, the Macomb County Green Schools Program will still be handled at the local level.

One change Macomb County will be transitioning to is utilizing the Michigan Green Schools online portal for application submission. Use of this portal should make the application process easier and more efficient for schools. For the 2023/2024 school year, participation in the application portal is optional, but encouraged. You may still submit a PDF application, available here on this website, for the 2023/2024 program year. A step-by-step guide of the online application portal is also available below.

The online portal will open on January 1, 2024, when the application submission period begins. The application period will end on March 3, 2024, to include the weekend for submission, for both portal application submissions and PDF application submissions.

Please note: The Macomb County Green Schools Program is still functioning at the local level. There have been no changes to the way applications are reviewed or approved. All applications submitted through the online portal will be reviewed by the same panel as PDF submissions. Any questions please reach out to Laura Murphy, Macomb County Green Schools coordinator.

2023/2024 Macomb County Green Schools guidelines

Step-by-step guide of the online application submission process– The Michigan Green Schools online portal will open on 1/1/24.

2023/2024 fillable PDF application – Please save this document to your computer before making any changes, then close out and open the saved version from your computer to begin completing the form.

Macomb County Green Schools 2022/2023 recap

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recently recognized 77 schools that achieved Green Schools status for the 2022-2023 program cycle. The awards ceremony, which took place at the Macomb Intermediate School District building, highlighted the schools’ commitment to pursuing eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable practices through curriculum choices and school activities. The recognized schools not only remained committed to green education, but also showed their creativity in implementing the ‘green’ curriculum, demonstrating the deep-rooted nature of the Macomb County Green Schools program.

View all 77 2022/2023 Macomb County Green Schools

The 2022-23 Macomb County Green Schools recognitions are as follows:

Green Advocate Award: Francesco Polonis, De la Salle Collegiate

Super Supporting Evidence Award: Eastland Middle School

Best Visual Presentation Award: Warren Mott High School

“Cool Club” Award: Avalon Elementary

Sustainability Awards:

  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Eisenhower High School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Salk Elementary School
  • St. Augustine School
  • St. Joan of Arc School

Top Schools Awards:

  • Best Green – Dresden Elementary
  • Best Emerald – Ashley Elementary
  • Best Evergreen – Cromie Elementary
  • Best Overall – Margaret Black Elementary

 

As part of the program, students can design and submit logos that represent their connection to the environment. From those submitted, one logo is selected to represent the program for the upcoming school year.  This year’s winning logo was designed by Morgan McCloud from Richards Middle School. Her logo shows people working towards a greener future and she chose to use watercolors because they looked more natural.