2006 House Bill 5554

Senate Roll Call 337: Passed

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.

36 Yeas / 0 Nays
Republican (20 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Democrat (16 Yeas / 0 Nays)
Excused or Not Voting (2)