U.S. Green Building Council, Detroit Regional Chapter Announces 3rd Annual My Green School Art Contest

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Michigan students grades K-5 show Green School spirit through artwork

Local U.S. Green Building Council, Detroit Regional Chapter, Green Schools Advocacy Committee announces the kick-off of the 3rd annual My Green School Art Contest. Partnering with the Detroit Institute of Arts and local sponsors, this year’s contest is expected to reach more students throughout Michigan.

The contest was developed by the Green Schools Advocacy Committee as one of their many programs to teach children in Michigan schools how a green school can positively impact their lives, their community and the environment.

“We are excited to announce the 3rd annual My Green School Contest”, said Connie Lilley, contest organizer and committee volunteer. “Every year we are amazed at the artistic ability, but more importantly, we can see that more and more students are learning the value of a green school and what it means to them.”

Last year’s winners came from many different cities including Detroit, Dearborn, Huntington Woods, Troy, Rochester, Hartland, Bloomfield Hills and Paw Paw. Students can enter on their own, or through their school.

"I am excited to be a judge for this year’s contest,” said Byron Nemela, Studio Instructor, Department of Learning & Interpretation at Detroit Institute of Arts. “The DIA is proud to be a part of an event that combines the promotion of art and green schools.”

Finalists will be recognized and winners announced at the MI Earth Day Fest Kickoff & Awards Ceremony, to be held at the event’s main stage at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013 in downtown Rochester. “We are very pleased to provide the site for the contest’s awards ceremony and to display the winning art work for thousands of festival-goers to enjoy,” said John Batdorf, festival manager. “We recognize the vital importance of educating kids about sustainability and we will continue to support this program.”

The finalists will have their art work displayed at the MI Earth Day Fest and Michigan Energy Fair. The artwork will then be displayed at local businesses and first place winning art work will be placed on the art wall at ecoSTORE USA, Auburn Hills, Michigan.

This year’s sponsors are: Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Energy Finance Analytics, LLC, PM Environmental, Inc, ecoSTORE USA and Ecology Center.

Applications can be found at Green School’s Committee page and at the MI Earth Day Fest website. Contest contact: Connie Lilley at lilley(at)pmenv(dot)com or 248-336-9988. Green Schools Advocacy Committee, contact: Peggy Matta, Committee Chair, at mmatta(at)usgbcdetroit(dot)org.

The U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter is a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the Detroit region through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated in the greater Detroit region. For more information go to USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter website or call 248-233-0006 or email inquiries to info(at)usgbcdetroit(dot)org.

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