DPS students and staff celebrate fourth annual Earth Week April 18-22 with environmentally-friendly and sustainable projects, healthy foods and more

Over 4 years, DPS Go Green schools have saved $1,051,830 in energy costs – earning 52 participating schools $60,000 in incentive awards!

As part of the fourth annual “Earth Week” in Detroit Public Schools, students and staff throughout the District will be focusing on environmentally-friendly and sustainable activities, including energy and water conservation, gardening, recycling, healthy foods, and more.

In addition, the Office of School Nutrition will offer special menu selections in cafeterias, highlighting the many colors of healthy foods found in the Rainbow Plate Challenge, during Earth Week, to be held April 18-22.

“As we work to make DPS sustainable, I am so proud of all the great work student and teacher Green Teams have been doing all year long in the DPS Go Green Challenge,” said Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather. “Earth Week provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate their great work – important project-based learning that is helping prepare our students for success in the green economy, saving the district’s valuable resources, and helping make our communities more sustainable.”

In conjunction with the DPS Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Science, schools also will continue their participation in DPS’ “Go Green” Challenge, which was established in 2012 as a call to action for all schools in the District to become more green and sustainable. The DPS Go Green Challenge focuses on four areas of impact: energy and water conservation; recycling and resource management; gardening and nutrition; and innovation.

“Earth Week provides a great platform to celebrate the important work school-based Green Teams are doing as part of the District’s year-long DPS Go Green Challenge,” said DPS Director of Energy and Sustainability Emile Lauzzana. “Over 50 DPS schools are competing this year to see who can complete the most green and sustainable projects – projects that not only help protect our environment and complete project-based STEM activities – but also create more vibrant and sustainable schools and communities.”

Last school year, DPS Go Green schools saved $353,014 in energy costs – earning the participating 52 schools $31,000 in incentive awards. This brought the three-year total savings to $1,051,830. This year, DPS schools have already completed over 500 green projects at schools – from planting gardens, to energy audits, recycling challenges, hosting Parent Workshops, and many more.

Students and teachers are leaders in their schools and patrol for energy and water waste, ensure recycling is done correctly, and promoting healthy eating habits.  For the third year in a row, DPS schools took top honors in the national Recycle Bowl Competition, by recycling 46,000 pounds of recyclables in a month and capturing 28 of the top 30 spots in Michigan, including First Place and Most Improved.

Green Week Schedule of events:

Monday, April 18: Energy and Water Conservation

  • Healthy Food Color of the Day: Blue
  • Schools will celebrate their “Go Green” teams; conduct “lights out” contests and energy scavenger hunts

Tuesday, April 19: Gardens

  • Healthy Food Color of the Day: Yellow
  • Schools will plan and plant school gardens, utilize recycled planters and host garden scavenger hunts

Wednesday, April 20: Recycling

  • Healthy Food Color of the Day: Purple
  • Student to build a recycling mascot, participate in recycling jeopardy and create art out of recycled material

Thursday, April 21: Healthy Eating

  • Healthy Food Color of the Day: Red
  • Students will create Rainbow Plates and create delicious smoothies

Friday, April 22: Earth Day

  • Healthy Food Color of the Day: Green
  • Students to participate in the Shell Eco Marathon, Green parades, and exciting Earth Day assemblies

For more information about DPS’ Green Initiatives and other Earth Week Activities, visit dpsgogreen.wordpress.com/earth-week-activities.

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