2019 Bay County Michigan Green Schools Awards
Press Release - Contact Alicia Wallace, Bay County Coordinator for Michigan Green Schools, 989.895.4195
BAY COUNTY, MI - Congratulations to the eight (8) Bay County Schools that have qualified as Michigan Green Schools for the 2018-19 school year. Applications were received from Auburn Area Catholic School, Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, John Glenn High School, State Street Academy, Bangor Lincoln Elementary School, Bangor Central Elementary Schools, Bay-Arenac Community High School, and Bush Elementary School. The last three schools are first time participants.
Auburn Area Catholic School, Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center, John Glenn High School, State Street Academy, Bangor Lincoln Elementary School, and Bangor Central Elementary Schools submitted 20 or more points that meet the requirements of the Michigan Green School Act and will be awarded the Evergreen Level Michigan Green School designation. The Bay-Arenac Community High School submitted 15 points that meet the requirements so will be awarded the Emerald Level Michigan Green School designation and Bush Elementary submitted 10 points to qualify as a Michigan Green School.
The Michigan Green School Initiative recognizes both public and private schools for the activities the schools undertake to promote sound resource management, energy conservation, and environmental stewardship. “Points” are earned for a wide range of activities. For example, most of the schools partner with Consumers Energy to teach students about renewable energy sources and wise energy use. In addition, all of the schools have updated lighting systems that aid in energy conservation. At the Bay-Arenac Career Center they incorporate “green” technology and certification into many of the career pathways available at the school. Bangor Lincoln’s “Heroes of the Earth” is an opportunity for 4th grade students to work on environmental projects.
All of the schools participate in programs at the Bay City State Park to learn about environmental issues important to the Saginaw Bay, The Great Lakes, and our region.
Certificates of Recognition from the State of Michigan signed by Governor Whitmer and County Executive James Barcia will be presented to each school for their efforts to be true Michigan Green Schools. The Bay County Board of Commissioners will also recognized them at the April 9, 2019 Board of Commissioners meeting. Alicia Wallace, the Bay County Green Schools Coordinator says “Congratulations to these schools for their environmental stewardship and hard work to make Bay County, and Michigan, a healthier and greener place to live. I'm so proud of your environmental efforts and hope you will continue your work as a Michigan Green School. Thank you for participating in the Michigan Green Schools Initiative for 2018-2019.”
If you would like more information about the Michigan Green School Initiative, please contact Alicia Wallace at 989-895-4195 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out our website at: http://www.baycounty-mi.gov/GypsyMoth/Michigan-Green-Schools.aspx for more information and highlights from the 2018-19 Michigan Green Schools Applications.