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2006 House Bill 5554: Create “Green School” designation

Public Act 146 of 2006

  1. Introduced by Rep. Joe Hune (R) on January 18, 2006, to create a state designation of “green school” for schools that apply and demonstrate that they do the following things: The school recycles paper; has “adopted” an endangered species animal and posted its picture in a main traffic area; has an energy savings program that involves students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators, placing film on windows, checking bus tire pressure, etc.; hosts an ecological or Sierra Club spokesperson; has a birdhouse habitat project and a natural Michigan garden project; has solar power presentations; has classes do energy audits of their classrooms; has printer cartridge, cell pone and battery recycling programs; observes “Earth Day,” including art class “ecology concern” poster contest and displays; has science projects in which students do home energy improvements; has an “ecology club”; has classes visit “save rainforest habitat” Web sites; sets a goal of 5 percent less energy use; and more. The bill does not specify any consequences for a school that does or does not apply for and receive the designation. Counties or Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) would be required to accept and assess applications for the designation.
    • Referred to the House Natural Resources, Great Lakes, Land Use, and Environment Committee on January 18, 2006.
      • Reported in the House on March 16, 2006, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 100 to 6 in the House on March 23, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 23, 2006, to create a state designation of “green school” for schools that apply and demonstrate that they do the following actions: The school recycles paper; has “adopted” an endangered species animal and posted its picture in a main traffic area; has an energy savings program that involves students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators, placing film on windows, checking bus tire pressure, etc.; hosts an ecological or Sierra Club spokesperson; has a birdhouse habitat project and a natural Michigan garden project; has solar power presentations; has classes do energy audits of their classrooms; has printer cartridge, cell pone and battery recycling programs; observes “Earth Day,” including art class “ecology concern” poster contest and displays; has science projects in which students do home energy improvements; has an “ecology club”; has classes visit “save rainforest habitat” Web sites; sets a goal of 5 percent less energy use; and more. The bill does not specify any consequences for a school that does or does not apply for and receive the designation. Counties or Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) would be required to accept and assess applications for the designation. Passed 103 to 4 in the House on March 23, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Received in the Senate on March 28, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee on March 28, 2006.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 4, 2006, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  5. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on May 10, 2006, to create a state designation of “green school” for schools that apply and demonstrate that they do the following actions: The school recycles paper; has “adopted” an endangered species animal and posted its picture in a main traffic area; has an energy savings program that involves students dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators, placing film on windows, checking bus tire pressure, etc.; hosts an ecological or Sierra Club spokesperson; has a birdhouse habitat project and a natural Michigan garden project; has solar power presentations; has classes do energy audits of their classrooms; has printer cartridge, cell pone and battery recycling programs; observes “Earth Day,” including art class “ecology concern” poster contest and displays; has science projects in which students do home energy improvements; has an “ecology club”; has classes visit “save rainforest habitat” Web sites; sets a goal of 5 percent less energy use; and more. The bill does not specify any consequences for a school that does or does not apply for and receive the designation. Counties or Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) would be required to accept and assess applications for the designation.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on May 21, 2006.

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