Recognize Green Schools, Ditch Bottled Water

For April 6, 2018

1 – Seven Bay County schools have qualified as official Michigan Green Schools.

This is for efforts to foster environmental stewardship, energy conservation and sound resource use.

According to Bay County officials, the schools being recognized for 2017-18 are:

Auburn Area Catholic School, Bangor Lincoln, John Glenn High School, Handy Middle School, State Street Academy, Western Middle School and the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center.

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To receive the designation, the schools earned points for a variety of activities.

For example, most of the schools partner with Consumers Energy to teach students about renewable energy sources and wise energy use.  

All of the schools also have updated lighting systems that aid in energy conservation.

The Bay-Arenac Career Center incorporates green technology and certification into many of its career programs.

Bangor Lincoln has a “Heroes of the Earth” program where 4th graders work on environmental projects.

All of the schools also participate in programs at the Bay City State Recreation Area to learn about environmental issues important to the region.

For more information about the Michigan Green Schools Program, contact Alicia Wallace at 989-895-4195 or email  

2 – An environmental group is encouraging people to Get off the Bottle.

The campaign is from FLOW of Traverse City (For Love Of Water).

Get off the Bottle is designed to help people kick the bottled water habit.

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Some of the perks: You’ll save money and help reduce plastic waste that goes into landfills and gets into waterways.

The group notes that bottled water costs up to 2,000 times more per volume than tap water.

More than 60 percent of commercial bottled water is just tap water that’s been filtered or purified.

In many cases, health standards for tap water are stricter than those for bottled water.

And 70 percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled.

For more information and ways to kick the habit, see

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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