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Enter the DZS' GREENPRIZE AWARD Competition!

The Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS’) GREENPRIZE Award recognizes schools that inspire, motivate and engage their students to develop green solutions for their school.

Who can participate?

  • K-12 classes, schools or Green Teams in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County 2018-2019 Green Schools programs.

Main points to include:

  • Identify an environmental or sustainability issue
  • Propose a solution that would address the issue
  • List materials/labor that would be needed to implement the solution
  • Describe the positive impact it would make

Entries will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Student-led initiative
  • Impactful, long-term solution
  • Practicality of implementation
  • Creativity
  • Presentation (Have fun! Send a video, artistic rendition of plan, etc.)

Dates to Remember:

March 1 – Final date for submission to the Detroit Zoological Society

March 15  – Top three entries will be selected and notified

April 27 – Detroit Zoo’s GreenFest event – first-, second- and third-prize winners will be showcased. All entries will be on display.

Cash award for implementation:

First prize - $1,000 and a class field trip to the Detroit Zoo to learn about the DZS’s Greenprint initiatives such as our anaerobic digester, permeable pavement, water bottle refill stations, solar energy and more.

Second prize - $600

Third prize - $400

All entries will receive a certificate of participation (include with your Green School application)

Submittal Information:

Submit all entries to Rachel Handbury at rhandbury@dzs.org

Looking for an Environmental Speaker?

“Let’s Go Green”, an environmental awareness presentation sponsored by The Southeast Michigan Group of the Sierra Club is presented by Jerry Hasspacher as a Powerpoint presentation suitable for all ages with a concentration on native birds, plants, and trees! You can contact Jerry at 586-604-5781 or email him at jhasspac@gmail.com.

Free Wildlife Programs for your Classroom!!!

Ready to get wild?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a whole suite of wildlife programs to bring into your classroom!

There are prepared programs you can do with your class or you can even have a DNR educator come to you.

Programs are free of charge, but you have to register your classroom. Program scheduling is subject to staff availability.

To learn more, check out the DNR's website.

Nature Works Everywhere Grants!!!

The Nature Conservancy is awarding 60 grants of up to $2,000 each to support class projects that implement green infrastructure in order to address environmental issues in their communities.

Eligible topics include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and stormwater collection. These grants are open to public or charter schools in the U.S. Applications must be received by 5pm ET on November 3, 2017.

Click HERE to find out how to apply.

Need help funding your Green Schools Initiatives?

The Keep Michigan Beautiful organization is offering mini grants ranging from $100 to $500 to be used to fund - or partially fund - a project which will be submitted to earn points toward Official Michigan Green Schools status. To download an application, click here; or for more information, visit keepmichiganbeautiful.org

What's Happening This Week?

Do you have a Green School Success story? Do you have a great idea you want to share? Tell us all about it! Post or comment on our Facebook Page.

The Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM) awards grants annually to fund projects that range from creating an outdoor classroom to enhancing an exiting site with native plants, to developing other educationally-directed projects that support the WAM Mission.
For more information on the Wildflower Association of Michigan visit: wildflowersmich.org

Funding Opportunity!

The EPA has a funding opportunity related to environmental education and activism.  While individual schools cannot apply, school districts may.  Click here to view the full document outlining the requirements.  Click here for a quick Q&A guide.*

*This is meant to be used only as a source of basic information.  Only the full document should be used while drafting and submitting the proposal.   

Activity Opportunities!

Schedule a recycling presentation for no cost!  Victoria Czapski of GFL is available to provide K-12 presentations, "Toss or Turn," regarding recycling, at no cost to schools. Click here for more info.

Want to learn about how animal rehabilitation works? Linda Bianco, a certified Avian Rehabilitator, helps injured birds of prey back into the wild.  She offers educational programs, and she is always in need of donations to help keep her nonprofit rehabilitation center running.  Ms. Bianco works mostly on her own, so please be patient for a response. Check out her website here

Participate in Every Kid in a Park Campaign! This campaign encourages kids--and their parents to get outside.  Follow this link to "open a door" and join the effort! 

Need an Environmental Speaker? Ruth Ann Prey is available to do presentations for individual classes or multiple classes.  Check out this letter if you are interested.  

Need Help Advertising? Email us and we can help publicize your Green Schools event/fundraiser/drive on this website and on social media.  

Do you recycle right? There is a correct way to recycle, and doing it the wrong way could cause problems for recycling plants. Check out this website to find out more! Follow this link to learn about how recycling has changed. 

Create A Butterfly Wonderland. Go to this website to learn how you can make a monarch waystation! 

Ever wonder how energy efficient your school is? Now is the time to find out.  The WARM Training Center is offering free Introductory Energy Evaluations! Read this brochure to find out more! 

Garden Grant Opportunity! Interested in starting a school garden? This website has resources for you, including information on a grant!

Get Batty! Bat houses are a great way to create an animal habitat at your school.  Learn more about bats and how they fit into our Michigan environment at this website. 

What does recycling look like? The ReCommunity Recycling Center in New Boston, MI offers tours for students and other groups.  This is a great opportunity to see what happens after recyclables are picked up. 

Check out the EPA Student Page for cool activities and games for students and online resources and lesson plans for teachers.  Click Here!

Want to conserve water? Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) has great ideas.  You can even get a flyer for your classroom! 

Need ideas for outdoor activities? Click here to go to the National Wildlife Federation's activity finder page.

Put on your chef's hats! NASA's Climate Kid website has directions on how to make Sun S'mores.  But don't let that limit you to just one tasty treat!  Challenge students to see what else they can cook with a little help from the sun. Click here to get directions on how to build a solar oven.  

Brrrr! It's getting cold! EcoWorks Detroit Youth Energy Squad is a great way to get involved with "greening" your school-which could lead to lower energy costs, and no more drafty windows! Check out their links below, and click here to view an overview of their Youth Energy Squad Program.

Recycle...Food! People throw out a lot of food.  Forgotten Harvest helps distribute food to those in need, and they could use your help!  Raise money, hold a food drive, and get a tour of their facility.  Click here to visit their website.

Don't just sort...Be a "Super-Sorter"!  iwanttoberecycled.org has information on why recycling is so important, and even has a fun sorting game. 

What's so fresh about freshwater? You can find out at the Cranbrook Freshwater Forum, which is run by the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Click here!

Links: Here are some other links to some other useful Web sites. 

MAEP

Environmental education is a core value of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP).

MAEP extends its environmental education initiatives to K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations by awarding Environmental Education Grants.

Each year the MAEP provides an average of between $10,000 to $15,000 per year in grants.

For more info, click here.

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

The Go Green Youth Challenge is a statewide initiative which engages youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning by participating in a campaign to plant trees in Michigan.

There are two ways to participate: through a fundraiser project and creative writing contest (entry is free).

For details, click here.

Oakland County Green Schools Website

Wayne County Green Schools Website