(WXYZ) - Students and teachers from 131 Wayne County schools were recognized for earning designation as Michigan Green Schools.
Schools must perform green-sanctioned activities throughout the school year to be considered for the designation. Some of the activities include recycling various materials, observing Earth Day and implementing a school energy-saving program, among others.
Each activity earns one point and 10 points earns the Green School designator. Schools can also receive an Emerald and Evergreen School designation by earning 15 and 20 points respectively.
“The Green Schools program teaches hands-on, ecological stewardship to young people and makes our environment healthier and stronger,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.
Michigan Green Schools became official after a bill was signed into law in May 2006. In its first year, 18 schools participated across the state. Now, hundreds of schools participate in the growing program.
The schools were honored in a ceremony held in the Boyd Auditorium at the Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) in Wayne.