Due to this year’s challenges with COVID-19, the Constitution Hall celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day will not be held as scheduled on April 22, 2020.
However, we continue to celebrate sustainable messages with the 2020 winners for the annual Poster Contest and Environmental Service Project Awards.
The Earth Day Poster Contest included students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Their posters were judged based on use of a theme that included plants, wildlife or ecosystems native to Michigan. The artwork was drawn by hand or digitally created. Each school hosted its own contest and submitted the top three posters for each grade.
For the Environmental Service Award Competition, schools were invited to nominate a student or group of students, sixth through 12th grades, to be recognized for completion of a school-sanctioned, environment-based project, that had tangible results. The project must have provided a benefit for plants, wildlife or ecosystems native to Michigan. Schools confirmed the validity of each project and outcome. Winners will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.
Environmental Service Award Competition Winners
Students formed a group called Taking Environmental Action (TEA). Their goal was to reduce the number of plastic bottles thrown away at Kearsley Community Schools. TEA organized drives at both schools to promote a culture of recycling, first within their own school district, and eventually to affect change in the greater Flint community.
Emeline Hanna produced and narrated a film for the 2020 Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Film Competition, titled “Microplastics: The Looming Crisis”. The film details her team’s microplastics discoveries and a need to change behavior to protect the Great Lakes.
In the spirit of promoting Earth Day, we urge you to take action and celebrate at home. Consider the following, in an effort to create a more sustainable Michigan, that will contribute to a healthier and cleaner planet:
- Take a family walk, carry a garbage bag and pick up trash along your path.
- Plant some trees, native wildflower seeds, put in a rain or butterfly garden.
- Eat more vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
- Ride a bike or take a hike.
Take a look at EGLE's Earth Day video playlist and see what staff are doing to celebrate this year!
As we at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development continue to identify ways to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, we invite you to join in with your own sustainable activities.