Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson issued a challenge to
Oakland County residents, businesses and schools in 2010 — work
together to reduce energy consumption 10 percent by 2012.
Over 190 schools competed in this year’s OakGreen Challenge — but the
principal of the winning school, Helen Keller Elementary School in Royal
Oak, says they’ve been “living and breathing green ideas” for the past
four years. The students work to maintain more than 15 environmental
initiatives throughout the school, from bringing waste-free lunches on
Wednesdays to recycling and adopting endangered animals.
“We started (in 2007) with a mentality of being green, and at that time
we were a candidate to become an International Baccalaureate Primary
Years School,” Houghton said. That program includes a unit about sharing
the planet and the finite resources on the planet.
“Right from the beginning we were working on that thematic unit in kindergarten through sixth-grade,” Houghton said.
Find out more about the OakGreen Challenge winners here.