Welcome to the Official Michigan Green Schools Foundation Website
Congratulations to all our 2019 Green Schools on their fantastic achievements!
If you're interested in applying for the 2019-2020 school year, reach out to your county coordinator to learn more! All official green schools may use the Michigan Green School copyright logo on websites, newspapers, yearbooks, etc. To request the vector logo, please contact us.
Featured Threatened Animal
The Red-shouldered Hawk is a threatened species in Michigan. To learn more about the recovery plan and what you can do to help, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website and print our coloring sheet for a fun activity. The coloring pages are copyright free for participating Michigan Green Schools.
A top goal again this school year is reducing food waste. For every 1 lb. of food waste composted, 6 lbs. of greenhouse gases are kept out of the atmosphere! Schools can get a compost bin or compost units for classrooms and know they are making a great contribution to protect our earth. Learn more at https://www.smarterlunchrooms.org.
Monthly Ideas: September
Design a presentation for faculty and staff on energy conservation for their classroom and school. Encourage staff to eliminate personal use refrigerators.
Design and implement a realistic plastic reduction plan. The World Wildlife Association states each of us is ingesting 5 grams of plastic a day with its bsp, and other chemicals. Students and teachers can start the school year putting together a school specific plan. Monitor your success each month and see what you can achieve.
Rather than adding to the amount of textiles already in our landfills, host a clothing and textiles collection at your school. Some items like towels and blankets could go to local animal shelters for reuse, and other items can go to local thrift shops for resale and/or textile recycling.
Visit our Green Activities page for more suggestions. The page is updated each year, so continue to check back!
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Green Did You Knows
Time to declare independence from carcinogenic food dyes. Some of children's
most popular snacks also contain dna damaging dyes like red 40 and yellow 6. Make a point to read labels. These dyes are disclosed by law on the products.
This is the 2019-20 Michigan Green School emblem. We chose the Karner Blue butterfly because it only lives in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario with a few small exceptions. It is highly endangered. This new emblem attaches to the official green flag awarded to schools that earn the Michigan Green School designation. There are emerald and evergreen versions as well.
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Updated September 13, 2019