Detroit Public Schools celebrates 40th anniversary of Earth Day with City of Detroit and Recycle Here!

Contact:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org

Detroit Public Schools is collaborating with the City of Detroit and Recycle Here! to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

“The City of Detroit Earth Day Event, Celebrating Recycling at Detroit Public Schools” will take place at 10 a.m. April 22, 2010 at Ronald Brown Academy, 11530 E. Outer Drive. It will include a tree planting by the Greening of Detroit.

The event will feature winning schools from the DPS/AT&T/Recycle Here! Project Redirectory phone book recycling contest, the Recycle Here! Schoolcycle contest, as well as DPS schools receiving recycling through the city’s Department of Public Works. The City of Detroit is providing curbside pick-up for 10 schools located in the pilot curbside recycling areas of the city.

A total of 16 schools will be recognized and a Green Teacher of the Year award will be presented. Various contributing organizations will be represented, including DPS, the City of Detroit, Rosedale Recycles, Republic/Allied, Recycle Here!, Michigan Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Waste Management and The Ecology Center.

The programming is indicative of a school district moving toward sustainability. In addition to ongoing recycling, the 18 buildings to be built or renovated this summer will meet the high standards required to qualify as LEED-certified silver.
Thursday’s event will celebrate the achievements of Detroit Public Schools, the collaboration of various organizations, the knowledge gained by students and their families, and increasing overall sustainability in Detroit.

Eleven DPS schools currently recycle paper, plastic and metal through Recycle Here’s Schoolcycle program. Recycle Here purchases the schools’ recyclables, which generates funds for various programs. The company also provides environmental education to participating schools. Educational programming this year included a full school assembly, in-class lessons, and participation in a competition among all Schoolcycle schools. Students earned tokens for various activities including teaching their families, bringing in materials, visiting Recycle Here!, and answering questions during educational visits. The winning school, to be announced Wednesday, will receive a cash prize and a mural painting from Detroit artist Carl Oxley III in their school.

In addition to the city’s Earth Day event, A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center will celebrate its second annual Earth Day/Career Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday April 22. The event is open to the public.

Students and staff have developed projects emphasizing the concept of green building, sustainability and recyclable technology. They will meet with meet with representatives from various companies, programs and services displaying the concept of green environment. Representatives have been invited to set up displays, give demonstrations and distribute educational materials. Students from the Foreign Language Immersion (FLICS) and Jerry L. White schools have been invited.

For information on recycling in DPS schools, contact Alycia Meriweather at (313) 873-4519, (313)407-4184, or alycia.meriweather@detroitk12.org.
To schedule an interview with Recycle Here!, please call Lauren Cooper at (313) 806.3311, or email Lauren at lauren@recyclegreencompany.com.
The city of Detroit contact is Rose Love, (313) 224-3757 and LoveR@detroitmi.gov

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