The 2020/2021 Macomb County Green Schools Program
Macomb County’s Green Schools 2020/2021 Recap:
The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recently honored the 47 schools which achieved Official Michigan Green School status for the 2020-21 Program Cycle.
Of those achieving Official Michigan Green School status:
- 7 have participated every single year since the beginning of our program:
Eisenhower Elementary School, Eisenhower High School, Jefferson Middle School, L'Anse Creuse Middle School - Central, Salk Elementary, St. Augustine, and St. Joan of Arc.
- ALL 47 have robust recycling programs
- ALL 47 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.
Yuri Her from Center Line High School, 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 2020-21 are as follows:
- Green Designation Category: Jeannette Junior High School
- Emerald Designation Category: De La Salle Collegiate High School
- Evergreen Designation Category: Thomas Jefferson Elementary
- Top Overall: Chippewa Valley High School
- In addition3 schools not only maintained, but IMPROVED their Green School Designation from the 2019-20 year to the 2020-21 year, even with all of the challenges brought on due to the COVID-19 Pandemic! Those 3 schools are: De La Salle Collegiate High School, Richmond Middle School, and St. Joan of Arc!
NEWS: 2021 Green Advocate Award Winner - James Swank, Carleton Middle School
This year, the Macomb Green Schools Program presented the fourth annual Green Advocate Award to Mr. James Swank, a volunteer from Carleton Middle School. Mr. Swank’s nomination came from Joylynn Blum, a teacher at Carleton Middle School.
"I, Joylynn Blum, a teacher and Ecology Club leader at Carleton Middle School would like to nominate Mr. James Swank for his outstanding contributions to making Carleton Middle School a more green school. When the education world was unexpectedly turned upside down and students and teachers were sent home to learn remotely, Mr. Swank stepped up and continued to come to the school to help out. In that time Mr. Swank voluntarily took care of the plants growing in the greenhouses. Mr. Swank watered, spliced, repotted, added additional plants, weeded and planted to continue what had been started by the Ecology Club. In addition to helping with the greenhouses Mr. Swank has always put together beautiful displays in the main hallway dedicated to showcasing the animals our students raise money to adopt from the WWF. Mr. Swank also often volunteers his time at our school to do additional activities such as collecting, organizing and delivering the warm clothing items that our Student Council members gathered during the Giving Tree Clothing Drive this year for community outreach. Mr. Swank was not asked to do any of this; he simply volunteers for the benefit of our students, staff and community and I truly appreciate him for that."
Congratulations to Mr. James Swank, 2021 Green Advocate Award Winner!
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!