• Earth Day logo 2020  

  • The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) celebrates Earth Day every year in April. Government, non-government organizations, and businesses around the world are examining natural processes, plus new and existing green technologies to help restore the world's resources, improve farming practices, rebuild soils, restore native flora and wildlife, and improve water quality around the world. 

     

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  • 2022 Contest Information

    The Earth Day Poster Contest is for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The submitted posters will be judged based on the "Michigan Native" theme and should include plants, wildlife, or ecosystems native to Michigan. The artwork can be drawn by hand or digitally created. Each school hosts its own contest for the students and submits the top three posters for each grade. The Earth Day Poster Contest committee selects the top two first and second place winners from each grade.

    Earth Day Poster Contest

    Poster Contest Submission Template 

     

     

     

    The Environmental Service Award (ESA) competition is for students in 6th through 12th grade. Schools are invited to nominate a student or group of students to be recognized for completion of a school-sanctioned, environment-based project that has tangible results. The project should provide a benefit for plants, wildlife, or ecosystems native to Michigan. Schools confirm the validity of each project and outcome. The Earth Day ESA committee selects the top two projects from each category.

    The deadline for both contests to submit entries is February 25, 2021. The winners from both contests will be notified by March 11, and their work will be posted on the Earth Day Web page.


    Earth Day Environmental Service Award

  • We continue to celebrate sustainable messages with the winners of the 2021 Poster Contest and Environmental Service Project Awards.

     

    The Earth Day Poster Contest included students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Posters were judged based on 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 from each grade.

     

     

    Environmental Service Award, schools were invited to nominate a student or group of students, to be recognized for completion of a school sanctioned, environment based project, that had tangible results. The project must have shown to provide a benefit for plants, wildlife, or ecosystems native to Michigan. Schools confirmed the validity of each project and outcome. 

  • 2021 Environmental Service Award Competition Winners

     

    Charlotte High Shool

     

     

    Students at Charlotte High School recycle! Each year they explore ways to expand their efforts and promote green living. They launched a "Caps Recycling Program" and collected plastic caps and lids. They researched a company in Indiana that supports recycling efforts of students and youth organizations. The company obtains the caps and lids and recycles them to make benches, picnic tables, and other items.

    Alcona Middle School

     

     

    The Alcona Junior Honor Society has been participating in their Recycling Environmental Service Project since the fall of 2018 at Alcona Middle and High School. Middle school honor society members volunteer weekly to conduct paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum recycling for our entire middle and high school. The goals of our Recycling Environmental Service Project are to educate staff and students about the benefits of recycling; such as the following:

     ● Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills
     ● Conserving natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
     ● Preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
     ● Saving energy

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    EGLE's Earth Day Video Playlist

    Check out EGLE's Earth Day video playlist!

    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 we continue to identify ways to celebrate Earth Day, we invite you to join in with your own sustainable activities.