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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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AMERICA RECYCLES DAY NOVEMBER 15
Featured Threatened Animal
The Short-eared Owl is an endangered species that can be found in Michigan. They've probably begun migrating by now, as they tend to begin migrating at the beginning of November. These owls have only been seen in ten counties this past year. To learn more, visit the Michigan State University's 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: November
Pull blinds or curtains at end of school day to save heat. Make sure heating vents are unobstructed by furniture for efficiency.
The is a good time to see what items can be included in your recycling program. There are many recycling events and ideas to support America Recycles Day, November 15. Visit americarecyclesday.org. Planetpals.com has great posters as well as recycling ideas.
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 November 11, 2019