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52 ways to celebrate Earth Day

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

52 ways to celebrate Earth Day

At the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the staff work hard every day to protect Michigan's air, land, water, and public health. There are many ways that you can help, too - not just on Earth Day, but all year long. Learn about what EGLE is doing, and consider the following ways, big and small, that you can contribute to a more sustainable Michigan and a healthier planet.

EGLE celebrates Earth Day every year in April with community events, such as our K-5 poster contest, Environmental Service Award nominations, and multiple in-person events around the state.

Learn more about how you can celebrate Earth Day with EGLE!
Clean Air Action Days Video

Clean Air Action Days

Learn about how ozone can impact human health and what to do on a Clean Air Action day.

Check out this MI EnviroMINUTE video

Asbestos & Demolition Information

Learn how to protect yourself and others from asbestos during demolition and renovation.

Learn more about demolition dust
Asbestos & Demolition Information Video

MI Healthy Climate Plan

Explore the MI Healthy Climate Plan and find out how you can help fight climate change.

Learn about the initiatives and how you can get involved

Assess your home's energy usage

There are lots of ways that energy efficiency can save you money while saving the planet! Find out how you can improve energy efficiency at home. 

Learn how to conduct a home energy assessment


Learn what EGLE is doing to create a charging network for electric vehicles.

Learn more about EV Transportation in Michigan

Plant a tree!

You can find out the value of trees in your backyard, schoolyard, or neighborhood to fight climate change, reduce stormwater runoff, and even save you money.

Check out the tree benefit calculator

Switch out your light bulbs

Switch incandescent light bulbs to LED's, which use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer.

Learn about LED light bulbs

Clean Water Ambassadors

Help ensure clean drinking water is accessible to all.

Learn how you can become a Clean Water Ambassador

Find out where your drinking water comes from and how it's cleaned.

Do you get a water bill? Then you're likely on a community water supply.

Learn about community water supply

If not, you likely have well water.

Learn about well water

Be Septic Smart!

Maintain your septic system to protect health and the environment.

Learn proper septic system care and maintenance

Fix a Leak

Find and fix leaky pipes to conserve water and save money.

Learn about common household leaks


Look for EPA's WaterSense label when purchasing showerheads, faucets, toilets, and sprinklers.

Learn more about WaterSense labeled products

Michigan's 30-year Water Strategy

The Water Strategy is a 30-year plan for Michiganders to protect, manage, and enhance Michigan’s water resources for current and future generations.

Learn about Michigan's 30-year Water Strategy

Beach Guard

See water quality sampling results, beach advisories, and closures for Michigan beaches. Check out Great Lakes Beach Hazards for swimming hazards so that you know when and where it's safe to swim this summer.

Launch the BeachGuard System

Michigan Paddle Stewards

Find out how you can help protect the waterways you love while enjoying them from a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.

Become a Paddle Steward

Attend an event

Attend the first annual Earth Day Student Summit in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Grow the Earth, and MSU Science Festival.

Register for the Student Summit

Play Michigan Trivia

Test your knowledge of the Great Lakes State (and maybe learn something new) by playing the MichiGame trivia game with your friends, family, or coworkers.

Test your knowledge of the Great Lakes State

Community science

Help scientists learn more about wildlife, invasive species, water quality, the effects of climate change and much more by participating in Community or Citizen Science activities.

Learn more about community science opportunities

Plant a garden

Plant a garden that helps pollinators and wildlife. Share what you learn with others!

Certify your garden today

Read a book

Relax with a good book and read something that inspires you to care for your environment.

Check out the 100 Best Nature Books of All Time

Nature in OUR Neighborhood

Learn how to connect with nature in your neighborhood, no matter where you live.

Watch the Nature in OUR Neighborhood video series

Michigan Green Schools

Help support a local school in becoming a Michigan Green School.

Learn more about the Michigan Green Schools Program

Support Good for Michigan businesses

Support a Michigan business that exemplifies the highest standards of social, environmental, and economic responsibility.

Find a B Corp or Good for Michigan business near you

Food Waste

Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon dioxide emissions.

Learn how reducing food waste can fight climate change

Test your home for Radon

Make sure your home's lover levels are safe for your family.

Learn more about the Michigan Indoor Radon Program

Drug Disposal

Don't dump old medications down the drain or flush them down the toilet! Instead, find a Household Drug Takeback location or event near you to dispose of them safely.

Learn more about proper drug disposal

Household Hazardous Waste

Find out what household hazardous waste is and bring any you have to a local collection site.

Learn more about household hazardous waste
Household Hazardous Waste Video
Landfills Video


Learn about landfills and visualize how they work with a fun edible landfill activity!


Clean up litter in your neighborhood.

Litter Video
Storm Drains Video

Storm Drains

Don't forget to keep storm drains clear by your house!

PFAS Contamination

See what EGLE is doing to help address PFAS contamination in Michigan. If you live in an affected community and want to get involved, you can join a Citizens Advisory Workgroup.

Learn more about the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team

Spatial data

Learn how EGLE is using mapping technology to inform decisions and improve solutions.

Find out what makes EGLE spatial

Brownfield Sites

Visit a former brownfield site to see the transformation that can occur when communities and EGLE work together to clean up contaminated land.

Explore several videos showcasing Brownfield Flips in Michigan
Geology Video


Learn about Michigan's Geology from EGLE's Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division.

Oil, Gas, and Minerals

Learn how EGLE protects environmental and public health during oil and gas development.

Oil, Gas, and Minerals Video

Upper Peninsula Geological Repository

Find out how EGLE's "Rock Library" helps us better understand Michigan's geology and how our "Rock Librarian" identifies unknown specimens.

Learn more about the Upper Peninsula Geological Repository
Composting Video


Over 25% of the waste in landfills can be composted, and but instead generates methane as it decomposes in landfills. Building a compost pile is an easy way to help fight climate change.

Get all the facts and figures on materials, wastes and recycling

Electronics Recycling

Learn about the importance of proper electronics recycling from EGLE's sustainability experts.

Electronics Recycling Video

Recycling Directory

Check out EGLE's Recycling Directory to find places to recycle unique materials like concrete, bricks, tires, and food waste.

Find a recycling location near you

Recycling Raccoons

No one knows more about trash and recycling in Michigan than our raccoons. The Recycling Raccoon Squad is a team of experts, each with a specialty and a personality that reflects that focus – plastic, cardboard, metal, paper, glass and everything else.

Learn how to recycle with Michigan's Recycling Raccoons

Recycle old appliances

Recycling your old refrigerator or freezer helps protect the ozone layer and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Contact your local electric utility to find out about available rebate programs.

Find a fridge or freezer recycling program

Scrap Tires

Give your old tires new life by finding out where you can recycle scrap tires.

Learn more about recycling used tires

Shoreland Steward

Protect our inland lakes by becoming a Shoreland Steward.

Learn how you can become a Shoreland Steward today

E. coli

Check out EGLE's E. coli Pollution and Solution Mapper to find out what can be done to address this water quality challenge.

Learn more about E. coli in surface waters
Sand Dunes Video

Sand Dunes

Michigan’s sand dunes are a unique natural resource of global significance. They represent the largest collection of freshwater dunes in the world. See what makes Michigan's sand dunes amazing and what activities will require a permit.

Learn more about Michigan's sand dunes


Find out how wetlands protect us from flooding, provide homes for wildlife, improve water quality, and more. Find historic and current wetlands near you.

Learn all about wetlands
Wetlands Video

Nonpoint Source Pollution

Learn about the most common type of pollution in our waterways - nonpoint source pollution. See how what you do at home and how you landscape can make a difference.

Learn more about polluted runoff and nonpoint source pollution


Find out what watershed you live in and what nearby water quality looks like. See if your watershed has a watershed management plan that you can contribute to.

Learn about your waterway