Michigan Green Schools Program

Program History

The history of Oakland County’s Michigan Green Schools Program

The Michigan Green Schools program began as a grassroots initiative at Hartland High School in Livingston County in 2005. This effort resulted in Governor Jennifer Granholm signing Public Act 146 into law in May of 2006, with Public Act 301 of 2010 expanding the program.

Oakland County became involved with this program in the 2007-2008 school year, and that first year awarded the Michigan Green School designation to 45 public and private schools. Oakland County had more schools participate than any other county in the state!

In 2008-2009 Oakland County partnered with Oakland Schools and more than doubled the number of Michigan Green School designations awarded  to 98 public and private schools. Thirty-two of those schools attained the highest designation of Emerald status.

In 2009-2010 Oakland Schools took the lead on this project with Oakland County's help. Since then the program has been going strong!

The 2017-2018 school year was the 11th year of the Oakland County Green Schools program. 14 schools in Oakland County have participated in the program for all 11 years! A total of 139 schools participated in the 2017-2018 school year. 19 schools were designated Green schools, 33 were designated Emerald schools and 87 schools were designated Evergreen, the highest designation, for participating in 20 or more activities. 

Award Levels

The Michigan Green Schools Program encourages public and private schools to participate in environmentally friendly and energy savings activities.

A school achieving 10 of the 20 listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Green School.

A school achieving 15 of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Emerald School.

A school completing 20 of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Evergreen School.

Please see this year's application- under Application Links (see right hand column)!

Applications can be submitted starting January 1, 2019 and are due by March 1, 2019.

Oakland Count Michigan Economic Development and Community AffairsMichigan Green Schools     Oakland Schools - Learning Today, Transforming Tomorrow



Teacher Resources

Oakland County Parks


Link to OS Page