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 Short-eared Owl is an endangered species that can be found in Michigan. They 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: December
Time to get ready for the winter holiday school wide power down. Encourage everyone to participate. Unplug appliances, empty and unplug mini refrigerators for the break, pull blinds to keep in heat, turn thermostat down in all unoccupied spaces. This really makes a dent in the December energy bill.
Here is a totally new idea never used in Michigan before. Recycling old trophies and plaques which contain marble and or metal. So much is thrown out each year. Schools can host a collection point for their community. Be sure and get the word out to the district. Old bowling trophies and lots of other items can have a new life, save energy and keep a lot of material out of landfills. There are two companies that accept these items Total Awards in Madison, Wisconsin and Lamb Awards in Westminster, Maryland. They also make new trophies from these materials. Great idea for some Michigan entrepeneur to start in our state.
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 December 6, 2019