The 2020/2021 Macomb County Green Schools Program
We have worked to come up with new and innovative ways for schools to achieve and maintain Green Schools status during this time. We welcome any "out of the box" suggestions to meet the required criteria. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or suggestions!
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Macomb County’s Green Schools 2019/2020 Recap:
The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recently honored the 114 schools which achieved Official Michigan Green School status for the 2019-20 Program Cycle.
Of those achieving Official Michigan Green School status:
- 9 have participated every single year since the beginning of our program:
Beer Middle School, Eisenhower Elementary School, Eisenhower High School, Jefferson Middle School, L'Anse Creuse Middle School - Central, Salk Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary School, St. Augustine, and St. Joan of Arc.
- ALL 114 have robust recycling programs
- ALL 114 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.
Grace Gutmann from St. Mary School - Mt. Clemens, is the creator of the winning logo this year!
Each year the "best of each category" is recognized for the designations of Green, Emerald and Evergreen. Top Schools for 2019-20 are as follows:
- Green Designation Category: North Lake High School
- Emerald Designation Category: Richmond Middle School
- Evergreen Designation Category: Amanda Moore Elementary School
- Top Overall: Cromie Elementary
- In addition: A Quaran-GREEN Award was given to Dresden Elementary, a Top NEW School Award was given to Lighthouse Elementary, and an Out-of-the-Box Award was given to Frontier International Academy - Warren!
NEWS: 2020 Green Advocate Award Winner - Andrew Neeson, Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School
This year, the Macomb Green Schools Program presented the third annual Green Advocate Award to Andrew Neeson, a parent from Hamilton-Parsons Elementary. Andrew’s nomination came from Maria Reuter, a teacher at Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School.
"For the “Green Advocate” nomination, I am re-nominating Mr. Andrew Neeson, a parent at our elementary school. Mr. Neeson is helping to run the Salmon in the Classroom program at our school for the 2nd year in a row. Mr. Neeson was SUCH an asset to our program last year. This past Fall, Mr. Neeson moved the tank to a new pod in our school and prepared it for the arrival of our salmon eggs. He comes in 1-2x per week to check on and clean the tank (even during holiday breaks and snow days); he also utilizes students from our Green Team to help with maintaining the tank. He comes into the classroom to teach our students about the salmon and environmental factors that they face. I truly believe that we could not participate in this program without his help and guidance. The students absolutely love the program, and they are learning so much, all thanks to him!"
Congratulations to Andrew Neeson, 2020 Green Advocate Award Winner!
The Tri-County Green Schools Celebration Event scheduled for 4/22 at the Detroit Zoo has been canceled.
We have just received word from the Detroit Zoo that they are "cancelling all spring events due to precautionary measures in light of recent world health events surrounding Covid-19. This also includes the Green Schools celebration – we feel that it is in the interest of the children and keeping them safe."
Since this news was just received, and this event would be the first of its kind, we are unsure if and when the event will be rescheduled. We hope to have answers for you soon. Please stay tuned to our email bulletins and our website for the most up-to-date information.
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!