Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state. They perform world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship to students pre-kindergarten through senior year.
In 2015, 178 schools were designated as Michigan Green Schools by Oakland Schools and Oakland County. There were 52 schools that also received the special designation of Emerald status by successfully earning an additional 15 points for extra activities. 100 schools earned the Evergreen status, by receiving an extra 20 points. Points are earned in four categories: Recycling, Energy, Environmental Protection and Miscellaneous. Learn more about points and designations on their Green Activities page.
Holly Middle School has been actively practicing Michigan Green Schools initiatives. They have programs in place for school wide recycling and waste free lunches while Recycling Rex, a school mascot, helps to spread the word about the importance of taking care of our environment. Students are also learning about the aquaponics cycle, a sustainable farming technique, which shows the relationship between tilapia, plants and beneficial bacteria. Check out our video and see for yourself.
We’re so excited about the partnership that Michigan Green Schools has made with Oakland County and couldn’t be more pleased with the results so far. What an awesome way to teach students how to take great care of our planet.
Visit Michigan Green Schools online to learn more about the program and for energy-saving and recycling ideas.