Each year schools in our community apply to earn Green School Status through the Livingston & Washtenaw Green Schools Program. Schools can received one of three statuses, Green, Emerald, or Evergreen, by completing environmental activities in four categories and earning 10, 15, and 20 points respectively. Emerson completed multiple initiatives in all four categories, earning 20 points, and has moved up from its 2014-2015 Emerald status to Evergreen status—the highest level achievable—for 2015-2016.
The four categories include:
- Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Use of Renewable Resources at School
- Miscellaneous Projects
Michigan Green Schools began as an idea from students and teachers of Hartland Consolidated School District in Livingston County in the fall of 2005. In the first year of the program, 18 schools participated. The program has grown in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties with as many as 50 schools participating each year.