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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.

Comments

Well, call ME an environmental extremists, but I thought  by Anonymous Citizen on May 30, 2006 
this was a good idea. I'm glad this bill passed.



This article was on the Mackinaw Center for Public Poloicy site:

"An Alternative to Green Orthodoxy
Michigan school kids can be grateful that only a quarter of the bills introduced in the state Legislature each session get enacted. The odds are thus against a proposed law that would have them abandon their books to caulk windows, inflate bus tires and dust refrigerator coils in pursuit of energy savings and a "Green School" designation. That a Republican lawmaker from Livingston County conceived of this eco-instruction calls into question the environmental platform of the Grand Old Party.

Republicans have been routinely vilified by environmental activists as nemeses of Nature. But the "Green School" legislation and similar tree-hugging measures elsewhere expose an eagerness among some GOP lawmakers to secure green credentials.

The "Green School" proposal lays out 19 eligibility criteria that span the spectrum of environmental angst, including recycling paper, magazines, newspapers, batteries, ink cartridges and cellular telephones; protecting rain forests, native plants and endangered species; and, of course, reducing energy use to cure our "addiction" to oil and to curtail global warming. For good measure, "Green School" activity also includes classroom visits by the Sierra Club, as well as school observances of Earth Day.

Republican state Rep. Joe Hune, sponsor of the Green School bill, told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, "It's something that would help kids get acclimated to the political arena." Or as Lenin said, "Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will not be uprooted."

Whether Hune's legislation will become law remains to be seen. The bill passed the Michigan House on March 23 and was sent to the state Senate. Just last month, Republican majorities in the Michigan House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a new regime of groundwater regulation advocated by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her environmental allies.

GOP lawmakers in Michigan aren't alone among their brethren in turning over a green leaf. New York Gov. George Pataki has mandated the use of "green" cleaning products in schools, and he has called for converting every school bus in New York, all 50,000, to operate on "clean fuel," at an estimated cost of $150 million.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the self-styled "smart growth governor," signed legislation allocating $7 million to develop a curriculum that makes environmental principles "an integral part" of primary and secondary education.

Against this backdrop, it's less surprising that President George W. Bush recently complained of America's "addiction to oil." But in so doing, the President has invited fellow Republicans everywhere to engage in environmental hyperbole.

Ironically, Republicans may have largely missed the opportunity to reap much of the supposed political benefit from ceding environmental policy to statists. Compared to national security, the economy and health care, the environment just doesn't worry voters that much anymore. The enormous progress that has been achieved undoubtedly is a factor.

There is an alternative to embracing Green Orthodoxy. Few states or school districts have actually evaluated the veracity and impartiality of environmental curricula. That's a principled cause that any Republican (or Democrat) could proudly promote.

There's no shortage of science-based materials that avoid doomsday scenarios and instead document dramatic improvements in environmental quality and explain the role of property rights and markets in maximizing environmental protection. After all, the greatest environmental gains have been achieved by free-enterprise nations, rich ones, in other words, that can actually afford to worry about wetlands and tree frogs.

Republicans should indeed take up the environmental mantle - by advocating truth and balance in the classroom and in the regulatory labyrinth. Otherwise, our children not only will be tutored in tire inflation, but will be taught that humanity is cruel; consumption, selfish; technology, dangerous; capitalism, destructive; and government supreme.

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Diane S. Katz is director of science, environment and technology policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.

Categories: Education, Curriculum; Environment; Regulation "


DICK DEVOS' FAMILY GIVES TO THESE $ TO THESE FOLKS. VERY eye opening.


Rep. Joe Hune--gives us hope for the future  by Anonymous Citizen on May 27, 2006 
Nice job!

Excellent call Governor Granholm!  by Anonymous Citizen on May 27, 2006 
Go GREEN!

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