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New Michigan Green Schools portal streamlines process to participate in environmental education program

A new online portal for the Michigan Green Schools program is now live, streamlining the application process to make it easier for schools, administrators, county coordinators and EGLE staff to administer the program.

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Michigan Green Schools was established as a statewide program by Michigan’s Public Act 146 of 2006. It operated as an independent 501c3 organization for 15 years and is now housed within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Environmental Education Program.

The Michigan Green Schools program 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 through promotion of good ecological practices and environmental stewardship. Schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through high school can participate. By completing 10, 15, or 20 activities across multiple categories, schools can achieve Green, Emerald, or Evergreen status.

In 2022, EGLE recognized 197 schools through the program. The 2022-2023 application period opens on January 1, next year and runs through March 1. For more information and to apply, visit Michigan Green Schools.

The program relies on a network of volunteer coordinators across the state. County coordinators support local schools going through the process, and they review the applications for schools in their counties.

For more information on the program or becoming a county coordinator, email