Bay City Pledges to Protect Lake Huron Forever, Dow Pilots Plastic Film Recycling, Michigan Green Schools Gets Upgrade

For Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

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1 – Bay City is the latest community to take the Lake Huron Forever Pledge. 

Huron Pines, a nonprofit helping push the initiative, reports that the Bay City Commission adopted the pledge as a resolution in November. Bay City is the second community to do so following Au Gres in January. 

A Lake Huron Forever Initiative was developed in 2019 by shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the United States and Canada to advance water quality protection and sustainable communities. 

The initiative supports efforts to design and implement projects that strengthen the health of residents and natural resources.

Bay City’s adopted resolution says in part that leaders are committed to incorporating the priorities and concerns of residents and visitors into decision making “as we continue to lead natural resources protection efforts in our region. We pledge to protect Lake Huron forever.

Challenges outlined for Bay City include reducing stormwater runoff, improving the quality of natural areas and providing a comprehensive recycling program to reduce pollution. 

More about the Lake Huron Forever initiative is online at lakehuronforever.org.

Credit: Bay City news release

2 – Midland-based Dow and Waste Management are piloting a plan to improve residential recycling for hard-to-recycle plastic films.

Once operating at full capacity, the Dow-Waste Management program is expected to help divert more than 120,000 metric tons of plastics film from landfills every year.

The initiative was kicked off in the Chicago-area community of Hickory Hills, Illinois, reaching about 3,500 households. 

Dow says more cities will follow across the country. 

Consumers in the program’s pilot cities will be able to recycle film plastics like bread bags, cling wrap and dry-cleaning bags directly in their curbside recycling.

According to The Recycling Partnership, less than 2 percent of U.S. households have access to curbside plastic film recycling, a material with the lowest overall recycling rate. 

3 – A new online portal for the Michigan Green Schools program is live. 

Officials say it streamlines the application process to make it easier for schools to join. 

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Michigan Green Schools was established as a statewide program around 2006. It’s currently run by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

The program is dedicated to assisting public and private schools achieve environmental goals that include protecting air, land, water and animals through good ecological practices and environmental stewardship. 

Schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through high school can participate.  

For more information and to apply, search for Michigan Green Schools at Michigan.gov

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Public Radio 90.1 FM (listen live). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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