Wayne County Green Schools
Welcome to Wayne County's 9th year of the Michigan Green School program - 2015-2016 school year. Wayne County will again continue to showcase your school’s environmental leadership, while encouraging students, staff, and parents to improve energy conservation and become environmental stewards. Public Act 301 (2010), is the updated and revised P.A. 146 (2006) which encourages all public and private schools to voluntarily implement energy saving and environmental activities and become recognized as a Michigan Green School.
The Wayne County Department of Public Services (DPS) and partner Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (Wayne RESA) will again implement this program and recognize schools that achieve 10 or more energy saving and environmental activities in an academic year. The activities are set up in categories: Recycling, Energy Saving, Environmental Protection and Miscellaneous. A fifth category allows you to Propose Your Own Activity. This is an annual recognition, so schools must re-apply each year to remain a Wayne County Michigan Green School. All schools recognized as a Wayne County Michigan Green School will receive a large indoor/outdoor Michigan Green Schools banner and a certificate signed by the County CEO and Wayne RESA Superintendant to proudly display as your school continues to work to reduce energy costs and protect Michigan’s precious natural resources.
- You must use the Wayne County Guidelines. Please note that other application forms, including those found on the Michigan Green Schools Foundation website, CANNOT be accepted.
- The school coordinator or team leader must complete the Activity Verification Form , or similar format with proper documentation describing how the school has performed the activities.
- Activity Verification forms will be accepted between January 1 and March 1, 2016
- Wayne County schools can achieve the following Green School Designations, depending on the number of specified energy saving and environmental activities they complete:
Designation Number of Points Earned
Green 10 -14 points
Emerald 15 -19 points
Evergreen 20 or more points
Together, Wayne County and You can build Green Schools for a better environment!
We look forward to working with you for another great and growing Green School year. For more information or assistance, please contact Wayne County Green Schools program coordinators:
Wayne County Department of Public Services
3600 Commerce Court
Wayne, MI 48184
Wayne County Mathematics and Science Center at Wayne RESA
33500 Van Born Road
Wayne, MI 48184
Guidelines and Activity Form for 2015 - 2016
Please click HERE to apply to become a Wayne County Green School.
Over 130 Wayne County, Michigan Schools Attain Green School Status for 204-2015
On May 6, 2015, over 130 Wayne County Schools were announced as attaining Green School status, at a recognition ceremony held at Wayne RESA. Special guests inclueded: Interim Wayne RESA Superintendent Steve Ezikian, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Waste Management representative Scott Green, and educators and students from most of the 130 schools. Please click HERE to view the pdf listing of all of the schools, districts, and status of each school.
Over 130 Wayne County, Michigan Schools Attain Green School Status in 2013 - 2014
On May 14, 2014, nearly 130 Wayne County Schools were announced as attaining Green School Status, at a ceremony held at Wayne RESA. Please click HERE to view the pdf listing all of the schools, districts and status of each school.
Nearly 130 Wayne county, Michigan Schools Attain Green School Status in 2012 - 2013
On May 1, 2013, nearly 130 Wayne County Schools were announced as attaining Green School Status, at a ceremony held at Wayne RESA. Please click HERE to view the brochure listing all of the schools, districts and status of each school. If you would like to view some pictures from the ceremony, please click HERE. If you would like to view the Commissioner's District group pictures, please click HERE.
Over 120 Wayne County, Michigan Schools Attain Green School Status in 2011 - 2012
On May 10, 2012, over 120 Wayne County Schools were announced as attaining Green School Status, at a ceremony held at Wayne RESA. Please click HERE to see a list of all of the schools. If you would like to view the brochure that was given to participants at the ceremony, please click HERE . This brochure includes the names, districts, and status of each school.
Nearly 150 Wayne County Michigan Schools Attain Green School Status in 2010- 2011
On May 12, 2011, over 150 Wayne County Schools were announced as attaining Green School Status, at a ceremony held at Wayne RESA. This is an increase from 99 during 2009 - 2010; 50 during 2008-2009 and from 12 during 2007-2008. Please click HERE to see a list of all of the schools.
What is a Michigan Green School?
- Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools - public and private - achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.
- Michigan Green Schools began as an idea from students and teachers of Hartland Consolidated School District in the fall of 2005. It was determined that the best way to help Michigan achieve environmental goals through its schools was to formulate 20 points of educational environmental activities. It was further decided that if any school in Michigan achieved ten of these points within an academic year, it could achieve official Michigan Green School status.
- Students and teachers then proceeded to propose their bill to local Representative Joe Hune, who introduced the bill in the Michigan House in 2006. Students and teachers testified before the House Natural Resources Committee; it was forwarded to the House floor. Public Act 146 of 2006 was approved by an overwhelming majority of that body.
- State Senator Valde Garcia then sponsored the legislation before the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee, which voted to send the bill to the Senate floor. The Senate voted almost unanimously to approve the measure.
- Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed the bill May 21, 2006. In the first year of the program, 18 schools participated. Last year 189 schools became official Michigan Green Schools. This academic year, over 300 schools are participating in the growing program.
Resources from the Wayne County Green Schools Workshop, held at the Nankin Mills Nature Center on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- Review of the 2013 Recognition Ceremony, held at Wayne RESA.
- "Green" Ideas ppt provided by our friends in the Macomb County Green Schools Program.
- "Green School" Photos - 1
- "Green School" Photos - 2
- Activity Ideas
- List of Resource Providers
- Host Site -- Nankin Mills Nature Center, Westland,MI
- Meeting Agenda
- Resources to assist in completing Green School activities. Contact information, phone number, website, and email addresses are included.
- Green Schools Presentation
- Official Michigan Green School Logo
If you need to use the official Michigan Green Schools Logo for your newsletters, emails, etc., please feel free to click on the attached link, download it and use it.
- Michigan Green Schools Website
The following resources are provided by Waste Management, Inc.:
- Landfill Gas to Energy
- Single Stream Recycling
- Secret Life of Landfills: Use the Teachers resource section to select the following:
* Grades - All
* Videos and this link should appear so you can click on it and watch the Secret Life of Landfills video
- Beneficial Re-Use
- Wildlife Habitat Certification
- Wildlife Habitat Council
- Waste to Energy