Michigan Green Schools

As this is a unique year, we know participating in the usual Green Schools activities is not practical for many of our schools. This year, Oakland County will be offering two options to participate in the Green Schools Program.

Michigan Green Schools: the normal application will be open and accepted from Jan. 1, 2021 - March 1, 2021 as usual. Those who participate in this program will still have the opportunity to earn the Green, Emerald or Evergreen designation. The activities in this program are written into the Green Schools Public Acts, so schools pursuing this program will be required to fulfill the requirements specified in the public acts (the usual program).

Oakland County Green Education Award: this award will be for those schools that still want to promote environmental and energy savings education to their students, but due to covid-19 are coming up with unique or alternative ways to do this. We want to hear about special activities, guest speakers, curriculum, etc. you are engaging in this year. The application for this award will be basic and will also be accepted from Jan. 1, 2021 - March 1, 2021.

Schools are welcome to participate in both of the programs if they choose to do so. Schools will be recognized with a certificate and patch as in previous years, but no recognition ceremony will take place this school year.

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Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.



The history of Oakland County’s Michigan Green Schools Program

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, with Public Act 301 of 2010 expanding the program.

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 of Emerald status.

In 2009-2010 Oakland Schools took the lead on this project with Oakland County's help. Since then the program has been going strong!

The 2019-2020 school year was the 13th year of the Oakland County Green Schools program and a total of 121 schools participated last year. 17 schools were designated Green schools, 22 were designated Emerald schools for participating in 15 - 19 activities and 82 schools were designated Evergreen, the highest designation, for participating in 20 or more activities.

Award Levels

The Michigan Green Schools Program encourages public and private schools to participate in environmentally friendly and energy savings activities.

  • A school achieving 10–14 of the  listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Green School.
  • A school achieving 15-19 of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Emerald School.
  • A school completing 20 or more of the listed activities can apply to be designated a Michigan Evergreen School.

Applications can be submitted starting January 1, 2021 and are due by March 1, 2021.


2019 - 2020 Michigan Green Schools

How can your school become a Michigan Green School?

Michigan Green Schools participate in two activities from each of the categories below: