Michigan Green Schools began as an idea from students and teachers of Hartland Consolidated School District in Livingston County in the fall of 2005. Students and teachers proposed a bill to local Representative Joe Hune outlining 20 environmental activities that schools could engage in as environmental stewards. The bill allowed for schools that engaged in 10 of these activities to earn status as an official Michigan Green School. Representative Hune introduced the bill in the Michigan House in 2006. Students and teachers testified before the House Natural Resources Committee and the bill was forwarded to the House floor where Public Act 146 of 2006 was approved by an overwhelming majority of that body.
State Senator Valde Garcia then sponsored the legislation before the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee, which voted to send the bill to the Senate floor where the Senate voted almost unanimously to approve the measure.
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed the bill May 21, 2006. In the first year of the program, 18 schools participated. The program has grown in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties with as many as 50 schools participating each year.
Each year schools apply to earn Green, Emerald, or Evergreen School status by completing environmental activities satisfying 10, 15, and 20 points respectively. Applications are accepted electronically through this website between January 1st and March 1st of the application year. After March 1st, applications are reviewed by the Livingston and Washtenaw Green Schools coordinator to determine if the necessary points were met to achieve the applied for status. Schools achieving Green School status are then posted on Certified Green Schools page.