Green Schools

green school /grEn skül / n. a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

The mission of the Green Schools Committee of the USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter is to bring awareness of the benefits of "green" schools to Michigan, advocate the value of green building and renovation for all Michigan schools, and ensure green schools for all children within THIS generation.

Green Schools Committee meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. You are welcome to join us at our next meeting. See DRC Calendar for next meeting location.

Green School in a Lunchbox! – “Green School in a Lunchbox!” is a web-based, vibrant, and animated “lunchbox” which introduces concepts of sustainable building to K-5th grade students Learn more at

Visit USGBC’s Center for Green Schools for more information on Green Schools including: Educating for sustainability, The Green Existing Schools Toolkit and Powering Down, among others. You can promote green schools in your community or school district by supporting a Green Apple Day of Service.

Peggy Matta, Co-Chair, Green Schools Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anna Balzer, Co-Chair, Green Schools Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attention Teachers: Save the Date for the 2015 My Green School Art Contest!

Who Can Enter: Any child in a Michigan school or home-schooled program - grades K-5.
Semi-Finalists: 3 semi-finalists from each grade, K-5, will be invited to a luncheon sponsored by Greenblendz, Inc. for final judging and awarded a participation certificate & prizes.

Top Finalists: 1st place winners from each grade will be honored at the MI Earth Day Fest Charity Preview. Artwork to appear in traveling art show in SE Michigan including the MI Earth Day Fest, Michigan Energy Fair and NextEnergy. Click HERE for the flyer and HERE entry form.


Detroit Area Green Apple Day of Service 2014

Participating in the second annual Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service in September 2013, students and volunteers in the Detroit area greened a high school theater program, learned about fresh food at farmer’s markets, built greenhouses along with volunteers from the USGBC Northwest Ohio Chapter and installed new carpet tiles donated by Interface. They joined thousands of volunteers working on projects worldwide to make our schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn. Read more about our 2013 events HERE. Green Apple Day of Service on September 27, 2014 has passed but projects are continuing through October. Find a project near you: Contact us to help plan your own service project!

THANK YOU to our Green Schools Advocacy Sponsors!