Macomb County’s Green Schools are Gaining Momentum!
The Michigan Green Schools Program is an initiative that aims to encourage students to learn more about energy efficiency, ecology and environmental stewardship practices through fun and interactive activities. The Macomb County program has been in place in Macomb County for 9 years running. We’ve now embarked on our 10th year and are looking forward to planning quite a few special events to coincide with the Program.
The Green Schools program is unique because it instills a real can-do and community spirit in students at an early age. It enhances their education, provides a glimpse of real-world problem solving and even showcases potential career paths in environmental, public service and other sectors.
By supporting a program such as the Green Schools program, leaders help to instill a sense of community, and provide our students with a sense of responsibility and ownership for our shared future.
The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recently honored the 125 schools which achieved Official Michigan Green School status for the 2016-17 Program Cycle.
Of those achieving Official Michigan Green School status:
11 have participated every single year since the beginning of our program
ALL 125 have robust recycling programs
ALL 125 have energy efficiency activities in place; meaning that they are saving resources and saving money.
Each year, as part of the Macomb County Green Schools program, the opportunity for students to create and submit a logo which may be considered for use specifically in Macomb County Green Schools program materials in the upcoming year.
Avary Black from Jefferson Middle School, is the creator of the winning logo this year. Avary said she used a butterfly to represent something beautiful that needs to be protected. Each space in the butterfly’s wings represents something within the environment that also needs to be protected and preserved.
NEWS: 2017 Green Advocate Award Winner - Kevin Bai, Chippewa Valley High School
After reading through the submission, it is clear that Kevin is not only a classroomteacher devoted to educating students about ecology and the environment, he is an innovator of programming and he inspires involvement. He is the implementer of the Keep Michigan Beautiful statewide “Keep It Clean and Green” program at Chippewa Valley High School. CVHS is currently the only school in Macomb County which participates in this program.
Kevin oversees the many activities of the CVHS Ecology Club and he conducts the CVHS school yard spring and fall clean-up by groups such as the Key Club and Eco Club. He has taught perennial plant selection, layout, installation and maintenance of four school gardens, including the Principal’s Garden with its native plants. He applies for grants and has won three awards for the gardens planted at CVHS.
Congratulations to Kevin Bai, 2017 Green Advocate Award Winner!
We are looking forward to the 10th year of the Macomb County Green Schools Program!
Why Participate in the Green Schools Program?
The Michigan Green Schools Program is a fun, educational initiative which 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 our Info-Ideas-Events page. If you have something going on related to your Green School Program, please let us know so we can help promote!