The Macomb County Board of Commissioners honored local schools for green initiatives Tuesday during an awards ceremony at Macomb Intermediate School District.
Several Chesterfield Township area schools were among those recognized, including those in Anchor Bay and L'Anse Creuse districts. There were 127 schools across the county that have achieved Official Michigan Green School status.
“The Board is very proud to partner with the MISD on this successful hands-on program,” Board Chairman David Flynn said in prepared statement. “Green Schools not only teaches students how to be responsible stewards of the natural resources in their community, but it also has the potential to lower energy costs for the schools involved.”
St. Mary School in Mount Clemens and Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores tied for the honor of Top Overall School 2012-13. They were selected for their outstanding level of participation and enthusiasm with a wide range of projects like going paperless, park clean-ups, composting and creating a community garden, according to the county.
Romeo High School took home the award for Top Evergreen School while Robert G. Lutz School for Work Experience in Clinton Township was named Top Emerald School and Elmwood Elementary was named Top Green School in St. Clair Shores.
The growing Macomb County Green Schools Program is in its fifth academic year. This year, 27 Macomb County schools earned green status, 48 achieved emerald and 52 achieved the highest level of evergreen status. The program is funded by grants and donations from sponsors, including Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, IBEW Local 58-NECA, Automation Alley, Waste Management Inc., Anderson Eckstein & Westrick Inc., and Ray Weigand’s Nursery, according to the county.
For a complete list of green schools in your district, visit the county website.