This site contains resources and case studies to help Michigan schools recycle and provide students information about the importance of making sustainable decisions.
EXAMPLES OF MICHIGAN PROGRAMS
Woodcreek Magnet School is the recipient of the Go Green award from the City of Lansing
Dexter milk bottle recycling program
Hartland Consolidated Schools
Michigan Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation (GREEN) is a non-profit that is promoting and supporting Michigan Green Schools law passed in May 2006.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Grand Valley State University, Pew Campus
Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Recycling Program
Kirtland Community College
Lansing Community College
Lawrence Tech University
Michigan State University
Michigan Tech University
Northern Michigan University
Oakland Community College
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Wayne State University
West Shore Community College
Western Michigan University
- Energy Smart Schools Resources Guide - Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Development Energy Office.
- Environmental Education - This site contains numerous resources for teaching students about the importance of being stewards of the earth and protecting Michigan's natural resources
- Mercury (Phaseout) in Schools - Over the past several years, numerous mercury spills have been documented in schools, sometimes costing as much as $250,000 to clean up. The high cost and dangers to those exposed have prompted widespread public concern about mercury. As these stories became more widely known, the incidents prompted the Michigan Legislators to take action. According to Public Act 376 of 2000 (Enrolled Senate Bill #1262 ), Michigan schools were required to phase out mercury use in the classroom and in the health (nurse's) office by the end of 2004. This law applies to liquid (free flowing) elemental mercury, as well as, mercury-containing instruments such as thermometers, barometers, manometers, and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure gauges).
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources Classroom Activities
- Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support - The Environmental Education Curriculum Project seeks to provide middle school students with the opportunity to learn more about Air Quality, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Land Use, Energy and Resources, and Water Quality.
- Michigan Green School Building - Green schools are built with the goal of creating clean, healthy, quiet spaces, suffused with natural light, that become ideal learning environments
- Michigan Green Schools Website. This website provides information to help any Michigan school become a designated Michigan Green School per legislation passed in 2006.
- Steps to a Successful School Recycling Program This pamphlet produced by the Berrien County Resource Recovery Office provides simple steps to set up a recycling program in any school.
- Michigan DEQ Tips to Practice Pollution Prevention (P2) at School
- Book Donations. The American Library Association maintains this website of resources for book donations, domestic andforeign.
- Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program fpr empty glue bottles and sticks.
- Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits by Gregory Kats. 2006. This publication has many facts and statistics to support the retrofitting and energy improvements in school buildings.
- Greensylvania is intended to assist Pennsylvania schools during the implementation and/or enhancement of their recycling program and waste stream reduction efforts, and to generate enthusiasm among students and teachers for recycling at school, at home and at special events.
- Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus. 2008 Report sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.Kansas School Green Teams . Kansas has a comprehensive program that provides guidance in forming Green Teams in schools. Teams work together to improve recycling and energy efficiency. This website contains many how-tos for forming a green team in any school.
- Minnesota Healthy Sustainable Schools Guide and Assessment Tool
- Myschoolrecycles.com is a program sponsored by Office Depot. By recycling small electronics and toner cartridges with Office Depot, schools earn free school supplies.
- Pennsylvania DEP . Developing a School Waste Reduction and Recycling Program. Although this website was developed specifically to comply with Pennsylvania legislation, it may contain tips for reducing waste in any school.
- The School Recycling Club (THE CLUB) is a FREE program for all New Hampshire schools as well as schools in other states whose communities are members of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (Co-op). For students and teachers in grades K-12, THE CLUB serves as a centralized organization to become more active in the world of recycling. THE CLUB is a fun and innovative way to give kids encouragement, direction, and networking possibilities for school recycling programs.
- TREX Plastic Bag Challenge. TREX, maker of recycled plastic/wood decking, fencing and railing; works with schools to collect plastic bags for recycling. For more information, call 1-800-BUY-TREX x 210 or e-mail