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Michigan Green Schools

of Oakland County

The Michigan Green Schools program was established as a statewide program by Michigan’s Public Act 146 of 2006. It operated as an independent 501c3 organization for 15 years and is now housed within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Environmental Education Program.

Michigan Green Schools is dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools public and private achieve environmental goals that include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state through promotion of good ecological practices and environmental stewardship by students pre-kindergarten through high school.

2022-2023 Evergreen schools

Rogers Elementary, Berkley
Glengary Elementary, Walled Lake
Rochester High School, Rochester
Harlan Elementary, Birmingham
West Maple Elementary, Birmingham
Wylie E. Groves High School, Birmingham
Greenfield Elementary, Birmingham
Cranbrook School (Kingswood Upper), Private
Clear Lake Elementary, Oxford
Guardian Angels School, Private
Brewster Elementary, Rochester
Our Lady of Sorrows , Private
Keller Elementary, Royal Oak
Shrine Catholic Grade School, Private
Beverly Elementary, Birmingham
West Middle School, Rochester
Stoney Creek High School, Rochester
Farmington STEAM Academy, Farmington
Detroit Country Day Middle School, Private
Van Hoosen Middle School, Rochester
Japhet School, Private
Oakview Middle School, Lake Orion
The Montessori School of Rochester, Private
Hickory Woods Elementary, Walled Lake
Rochester Adams High School, Rochester

Oakland Elementary, Royal Oak
Baldwin Elementary, Rochester
Daniel Axford Elementary, Oxford
Meadow Brook Elementary, Rochester
Angell Elementary, Berkley
Village Oaks Elementary, Novi
Quarton Elementary, Birmingham
Pembroke Elementary, Birmingham
Berkshire Middle School, Birmingham
Grandview Elementary, Clarenceville
Gill Elementary, Farmington
Pierce Elementary, Birmingham
Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham
Addams Elementary, Royal Oak
Hart Middle School, Rochester
Hugger Elementary, Rochester
Hampton Elementary, Rochester
Our Shepherd Lutheran School, Private
Costello Elementary, Troy
Keith Elementary, Walled Lake
Long Meadow Elementary, Rochester
Forest Elementary, Farmington
Warner Middle School, Farmington
Webb Elementary, Hazel Park
Oak Ridge Elementary, Royal Oak
Building Blocks Preschool, Private

2022-2023 Emerald schools

North Hill Elementary, Rochester
Reuther Middle School, Rochester
Orion Oaks Elementary, Lake Orion
Notre Dame Marist Academy Lower Division, Private
Walled Lake Northern High School, Walled Lake
Alfred E. Upton Elementary, Royal Oak

International Academy, Bloomfield
Larson Middle School, Troy
Milford Cooperative Preschool, Private
Musson Elementary, Rochester
Novi Woods Elementary, Novi
Berkley High School, Berkley

2022-2023 Green schools

Lincoln Street Alternative High School, Birmingham
Pleasant Lake Elementary, Walled Lake
Delta Kelly Elementary, Rochester
Ferndale Lower Elementary, Ferndale
Oakley Park Elementary, Walled Lake
Bingham Farms Elementary, Birmingham
Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak
Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield
Roeper City and Country Elementary, Private
Woodland Elementary, Avondale
Brooklands Elementary, Rochester

Northwood Elementary, Royal Oak
Royal Oak Middle School, Royal Oak
University Hills Elementary, Rochester
Auburn Elementary, Avondale
Sarag G. Banks Middle School, Walled Lake
Deerfield Elementary, Avondale
Derby Middle School, Birmingham
East Hills Middle School, Bloomfield
Troy High School, Troy
Lake Orion Community High School, Lake Orion
Cranbrook School (Brookside Elementary), Private

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 1st and are due by March 1st annually.

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. 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.

2021-2022 is the 15th year that Oakland County has participated in the Michigan Green Schools program. Eight schools have participated all 15 years:

  • Beverly Elementary, Birmingham
  • Lincoln Street Alternative High School, Birmingham
  • Pierce Elementary, Birmingham
  • Clear Lake Elementary, Oxford
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
  • North Hill Elementary, Rochester
  • Jane Addams Elementary, Royal Oak
  • Oak Ridge Elementary, Royal Oak

The 2022-2023 school year was the 16th year of the Oakland County Green Schools program and a total of 85 schools participated. 22 schools were designated Green schools, 12 were designated Emerald schools for participating in 15 - 19 activities and 51 schools were designated Evergreen, the highest designation, for participating in 20 or more activities.


How can your school become a Michigan Green School?

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