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 third Thursday 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 Event.

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: Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 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. Deadline for entry is 3/31/2016.

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 and Michigan Energy Fair. Click HERE for the flyer and HERE entry application.


Coming Up Green Apple Day of Service September 2016

The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Learn more here:

Some of our past projects: an expert helped students green a high school theater program, students learned about fresh food at area farmer’s markets, volunteers built greenhouses, kindergarten students helped install a reading rug with carpet tiles donated by Interface, university students from UM, MSU, WSU and LTU worked with local K-12 schools to plant gardens and complete projects at their schools. Read more about our past events HERE.

Check out this list of 99 Ideas you can do anytime, any day! 99 Project Ideas


Contact us to help plan your own service project!

THANK YOU to our Green Schools Advocacy Sponsors!