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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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.
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.
What is the history of Earth Day?
Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis - oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted they caught fire.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans, 10% of the U.S. population at the time, took to the streets, college campuses, and hundreds of cities to protest environmental issues and demand change for our planet going forward. The goal of Earth Day is to raise awareness for climate change, protect the world's resources, and environment. Earth Day is one of the largest civic events that takes place throughout the world.
Learn how YOU can make a difference EVERY day in protecting Michigan's environment.
Consider the following, to create a more sustainable Michigan, and contribute to a healthier and cleaner planet:
- Return single-use bags to grocery stores for them to recycle.
- Recycle the plastics you no longer need or find additional uses for containers.
- Donate unwanted items of clothing instead of throwing them away.
- Plant trees and native wildflower seeds and put in a rain or butterfly garden.
- Eat more vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
- Ride a bike, take a hike, go canoeing, or kayaking.
For more ideas, check out our 51 ways to celebrate Earth Day.
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
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.