Green Initiatives

The Green Initiatives Team has implemented a series of green initiatives, which help promote environmental sustainability in Michigan state parks, recreation areas, harbors and facilities. Initiatives include:

Recycling in Michigan state parks
The DNR offers recycling opportunities in many Michigan state parks, recreation areas and harbors.

Water Conservation
In an effort to reduce consumption and manage waste, the DNR employs various water-saving technologies, including low-flow water fixtures. This reduction also translates to cost savings in utilities.

Clean Marina Program
All staffed, state-operated marinas protect and safeguard Michigan's waterways through marina and boating best practices, such as fuel spill prevention, proper boat sewage disposal and other protection efforts.

Green Cleaning
The DNR uses green cleaners at many locations, reducing unnecessary chemical exposure for the public and staff, as well as minimizing the impact on the environmental impact. In addition, product metering devices help regulate the amount of cleaners used, therefore, reducing costs.

Grow, Not Mow
The DNR promotes "Grow, Not Mow" management practices, which helps to reduce the carbon footprint, stabilizes natural habitats and reduces costs for the park. 

Alternative Fuels and Lubricants
Bio products are used in a variety of vehicles, lawnmowers and equipment, reducing reducing fossil fuel dependency and supporting economic growth in Michigan.

Green Construction
As infrastructure is replaced and renovated, the DNR utilizes sustainable design features, such as natural ventilation, daylighting and the use of recyclable and natural materials.

Beach Plastic Cleanup Program
As part of pilot program at Ludington State Park and other parks, rigid plastic will be collected by volunteers and recycled through the TerraCycle® program.