Michigan kids celebrate green schools

My Green School’ art contest draws hundreds of entries and 18 winners

The 2012 My Green School art contest, sponsored in part by the Ecology Center, drew more entries this year than in 2011, showing that more children are learning more about sustainability and the environment, according to program organizers.

The contest, organized by the Green Schools Advocacy Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter, teamed up with local businesses to offer the contest to all Michigan children from kindergarten through fifth grade. More than 500 kids participated this year, with winners Detroit, Dearborn, Huntington Woods, Troy, Rochester, Hartland, Bloomfield Hills and Paw Paw.

My Green School Art Contest WinnersThe Ecology Center became a supporter through the organization’s work with ecoSTORE USA, a Michigan-based business whose products provide safe, healthy alternatives to everyday brands. “They have been strong supporters and partners of our efforts with the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health, and so we’re happy to work with them on this project engaging so many young people and their families,” according to Rebecca Meuninck, environmental health campaign director at the Ecology Center.

The finalists had their works displayed at the Green Living Festival in Rochester earlier this month, and the first-place winners will have their works shown at the ecoSTORE USA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

“Here at ecoSTORE USA we are all about providing products to families for a healthy and non-toxic environment for our children,” said Lyne Appel Downing, vice president of operations. “We have enjoyed displaying the 2011 winning art work and will be happy to add to our collection the 2012 winners’”

EcoLink — June 2012 Ecolink
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