Oakland County’s Green Schools recognized with tree planting program

Oakland County schools which qualify as Michigan Green Schools within the Rouge River Watershed were honored by the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC).
“Thanks to the dedicated effort of the school community, students and their families are learning firsthand the importance of protecting our resources and saving energy,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Getting kids involved in learning to be environmentally responsible is an integral part of developing a green and sustainable future.”
ARC, for the third year, gave the selected schools trees a choice of four different varieties of trees to plant on school grounds: sugar maple, eastern redbud, tulip and basswood, as well as boxes containing 30 white pine seedlings. The trees are native to southeast Michigan.
ARC is a voluntary public watershed entity comprised of 35 municipal governments, three counties (Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw), Henry Ford Community College, University of Michigan-Dearborn and four cooperating partners as authorized by the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. ARC encourages watershed-wide cooperation and mutual support to meet water quality permit requirements and to restore beneficial uses of the Rouge River to the area residents.
Now in its sixth year in Oakland County, the Michigan Green Schools Program is open to all public or private K-12 schools. The program challenges schools to initiate energy savings activities and introduce programs to further environmental education. In Oakland County, 183 schools attained Michigan Green School status for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications for the 2012-13 Michigan Green School program are due by March 1, 2013.
The Rouge River Watershed comprises 467 square miles, including parts of Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties, 48 municipalities and 1.5 million people. The river is 127 miles long, has four main branches and many tributaries. Located in southeastern Michigan, the watershed contains the most densely populated and urbanized land area in the state, including major portions of Detroit. The river empties into the Detroit River which connects lakes St. Clair and Erie.
The following Oakland County schools have agreed to participate in the tree planting program:


School School District
Pembroke Elementary Birmingham
Derby Middle School Birmingham
Greenfield Elementary Birmingham
Seaholm High School Birmingham
Berkshire Middle School Birmingham
Beverly Elementary Birmingham
Bingham Farms Elementary Birmingham
Way Elementary Bloomfield Hills
East Hills Middle School Bloomfield Hills
Grandview Elementary Clarenceville
Gill Elementary Farmington
Country Oaks Elementary Huron Valley
Parkview Elementary Novi
PACE Academy Private/Other
Academy of the Sacred Heart Private/Other
Lady of Sorrows School Private/Other
St. Hugo of the Hills Private/Other
ACE (Alternative Center for Education) Rochester
Musson Elem Green Rochester
West Middle School Rochester
Birney K-8 School Southfield
Larson Middle School Troy
Troy High School Troy
Schroeder (Troy) Troy
Costello Elementary School Troy
Leonard Elementary Troy
Clifford Smart Walled Lake
Walled Lake Central Walled Lake
Sarah Banks Middle School Walled Lake

About the Michigan Green School Initiative

The program began in 2005 as a grassroots initiative at Hartland High School in Livingston County. This effort resulted in the 2006 signing of Public Act 146. The local program is coordinated by Oakland County Waste Resource Management. For more information, contact Whitney Calio, environmental program coordinator, at (248) 858-2071. Oakland Schools is a program partner with Oakland County, acting as a liaison with the local school districts and providing fiscal support. For more information on the Michigan Green School program, visit the website here