This 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.
Oakland County became involved with this program in the 2007-2008 school year, and awarded the Michigan Green School designation to 45 public and private schools during the first year. 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 and awarded the Michigan Green School designation to 98 public and private schools. Thirty-two of those schools attained the higher designation, the Emerald status.
In 2009-2010 Oakland Schools took the lead on this project with Oakland County's help. At this year's awards ceremony 171 Oakland County schools (up from 98 last year, a 74% increase), have earned the Michigan Green School designation. Please note that 55 of the schools also received the special designation of Emerald status by successfully earning an additional 15 points for extra activities and 72 schools earned the new Evergreen status, by receiving an extra 20 points. Of the 171 participating schools, 74 returned from last year.
For the 2016-2017 school year Oakland Schools and Oakland County celebrated their BIG 10th Anniversary! We had 14 Schools that participated in ALL of our ten years and they were awarded with a plaque from Reclaim Detroit. The plaques were created with wood reclaimed from a closed Pontiac elementary school. In addition, we designated 153 schools a Michigan Green School. There were 30 schools that also received the special designation of Emerald status by successfully earning an additional 15 points for extra activities and 99 schools earned the Evergreen status, by receiving an extra 20 points. The awards ceremony was held at Oakland Schools on April 26, 2017.
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.
Awards will be given out at the Award Ceremony scheduled for April 2018.
Please see this year's application- under Announcements (see right hand column)!
Applications can be submitted starting January 1, 2018 and are due by March 1, 2018.
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