- Host virtual speakers on green issues.
- Start a bird feeding station during the school year. Learn what bird seed(food) benefit Michigan species the most. Delegate one class each week to a project, if your district is comfortable with that.
- Have students design endangered Michigan animal note cards. These can be done at home or at school and possibly used as a fundraiser.
- Have a poster campaign to stop car-idling in the parking and unloading areas.
- Recycle printer cartridges, 360 million still go to landfills each year. Make sure to have a collection box for them. Partner with your local library and put one there and collect once a month. Research companies that pay schools for the empties.
- Plant a tree in the spring or early autumn. Place a plaque and dedicate to the senior class.
- Have students research wildlife corridors. This can be a major step to protecting endangered species. Find ways to help these efforts locally.
- Make a poster of overfished species that should be avoided to allow stock to recover. The Environmental Defense Fund posts the varieties at seafood.edf.org.
- Make posters or flyers showing where motor oil recycling centers are in your county.
Example: Livingston County had an art contest with an oil recycling logo. They made color copies and took them to gas stations, recycling centers, and car repair shops to let people know there is a responsible way to dispose of oil.
- Eco clubs should research ways to recycle plastic waste. Another step could be to research ways to reduce packaging waste at the school and ensure recyclable options are used.
A school is eligible to receive a Green School, Emerald School, or Evergreen School Environmental Stewardship Designation if the school or students perform the required number of activities, with a minimum of two activities from each of the four categories. The activity requirements for each level of environmental stewardship designation are as follows:
- Green School: 10 total activities with at least two activities from each of the four categories.
- Emerald School: 15 total activities with at least two activities from each of the four categories.
- Evergreen School: 20 total activities with at least two activities from each of the four categories.
The four categories of activities for official Green School qualification are:
- Environmental Protection
Check out the application for the specifics on the activities in each of the four categories.
In addition to the activities listed in the table portion of the application, a school may design and propose another activity, listed as "other", which may qualify toward an environmental designation.
Important Note: All alternate activities listed as "other" must be approved by your Michigan Green School County Coordinator by December 1, 2021. All applications are due March 1, 2022.