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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Michigan Green Schools

Michigan Green Schools is now a part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). 

Michigan Green Schools is dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools public and private achieve environmental goals that 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 high school. 

Become a Green School and Protect the Great Lakes! protect the Great Lakes! The Great Lakes contain 21.8% of the world's fresh surface water. No other state in America is surrounded by as many of the Great Lakes as Michigan. Schools can promote stewardship of the Great Lakes to keep them clean and safe for wildlife and future generations.

One way schools and communities can reduce their impact on the lakes is to reduce the use plastic bags and other plastic, use recyclable materials, and provide recycling opportunities. 

Schools can sign up for Adopt-a-Beach with The Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Apply to be a Michigan Green School

Get involved! Ideas for a greener tomorrow.

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Energy Idea 

Look for inexpensive ideas for big savings on your school's energy dollar. What can you do?  Keep a record of the changes to stay current and efficient.

Green Idea 

Does your school recycle? Why not start a school wide recycling program? If your school does recycle, what other items can you include to expand your efforts in recycling?  Stay Green! 

Featured Threatened Michigan Animal keep

MI GREEN SCHOOLS - Short eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

The Short-eared Owl is a threatened species that can be found in Michigan. (Source: Michigan State University).

Short-eared Owls are typically found in habitats that are open and have low vegetation with an abundance of small mammals for prey.

Short-eared owls are active both during the day and night and are most active during the twilight hours. Short-eared owls hunt low, just above the ground and favor large areas of open grassland. The short-eared owl nests on the ground in prairies, hayfields or even stubble fields. A primary threat to this species in Michigan and throughout the Midwest is change and destruction of habitat due to development, intensive agriculture, and successional changes to habitat. (Source: Michigan State University). For additional information check out USFWS Short-eared Owl webpage.      

Photo: Short-eared Owl. Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service