Oakland Schools challenges schools  to make a positive impact on the environment.

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Each year, schools are recognized for completing environmentally friendly activities.

Application Process


Send an email to the MI Green Schools Coordinator for all of Oakland County. Send your school name, address, main contact name, email address and phone number. This will get your school on the official email list for all program news/updates and awards ceremony information.


Review the new categories, two activities per category need to be completed along with two additional activities to be designated a MI Green School (10 points). Additional activities may be completed to attain the the advanced designations of Emerald (15 points) and Evergreen (20+ points).


Decide your plan of attack; recruit multiple staff members, parent volunteers, and community partners to help get your committee rolling.

Print off the 2018-2019 template (or create your own) to help log all activities as your team completes them.

Upon completion of all activities, fill out the online application, print a copy for yourself and click on the submit button to send the application to Oakland Schools. Photos and videos are optional, please send them in to Oakland School in c/o Debby Dunn (on a CD or thumb drive).

We would love to get photos from each school to use at the April 2018 Awards Ceremony and in future MGS publications. We are asking for videos to be sent in and would like to feature these videos and the students in the videos at the Spring Awards Ceremony! So start thinking of which activities you could tape your students working at!

If photos and/or videos are submitted please print off the media release form (see right side column), get the proper signatures, scan the signed formed, and email to the MGS Coordinator. Pictures/release form can be included in the online application, emailed, mailed (use above address), or dropped off at Oakland Schools on or before the awards ceremony.

All applications are due by March 1, 2019.

Final Steps

Wait for a confirmation of accepted application.

In April, receive an invite to awards ceremony in April 2018, email RSVP.

Celebrate your team's accomplishments at the award ceremony in April.

Program History


This program began as a grassroots initiative at Hartland High School in Livingston County in 2005. This effort resulted in Governor Jennifer Granholm signing Public Act 146 into law in May of 2006. 

Oakland County became involved with this program in the 2007-2008 school year, and awarded the Michigan Green School designation to 45 public and private schools during the first year. Oakland County had more schools participate than any other county in the state.

In 2008-2009 Oakland County partnered with Oakland Schools and more than doubled the number and awarded the Michigan Green School designation to 98 public and private schools. Thirty-two of those schools attained the higher designation, the Emerald status.

In 2009-2010 Oakland Schools took the lead on this project with Oakland County's help. At this year's awards ceremony 171 Oakland County schools (up from 98 last year, a 74% increase), have earned the Michigan Green School designation. Please note that 55 of the schools also received the special designation of Emerald status by successfully earning an additional 15 points for extra activities and 72 schools earned the new Evergreen status, by receiving an extra 20 points. Of the 171 participating schools, 74 returned from last year.

For the 2016-2017 school year Oakland Schools and Oakland County celebrated their BIG 10th Anniversary! We had 14 Schools that participated in ALL of our ten years and they were awarded with a plaque from Reclaim Detroit. The plaques were created with wood reclaimed from a closed Pontiac elementary school. In addition, we designated 153 schools a Michigan Green School. There were 30 schools that also received the special designation of Emerald status by successfully earning an additional 15 points for extra activities and 99 schools earned the Evergreen status, by participating in 20 or more activities.The awards ceremony was held at Oakland Schools on April 26, 2017.


Award Levels

A school achieving 10 of the 20 listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Green School.

A school achieving 15 of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Emerald School.

A school completing 20 of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Evergreen School.

Awards will be given out at the Award Ceremony scheduled for April 2019.