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 The city of Rochester Hills, in partnership with Recyclebank, recently awarded nine Rochester Hills  schools a total of $16,000 in green grants.

The city of Rochester Hills, in partnership with Recyclebank, recently awarded nine Rochester Hills schools a total of $16,000 in green grants.

Photo provided by the city of Rochester Hills

Local schools receive funding for green projects

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 9, 2019


ROCHESTER HILLS — Thanks to residents’ donations of recycling points, a number of local schools have earned some green through Recyclebank’s Green Schools program.

Nine schools in Rochester Hills recently received a total of $16,000 in green grants through the program, which aims to promote a more sustainable, greener lifestyle.

Recyclebank points — which Rochester Hills residents earn for recycling household items at the curb — are donated to the program to fund school efforts each year. Schools in the program are allowed to apply for up to $2,500 for a project.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said he is proud of the city’s residents and its schools for their contributions to creating a greener society in Rochester Hills.

“This program benefits our schools, students and generations to come, but none of it would have been possible without the donations of our residents’ Recyclebank points. Rochester Hills continues to be Michigan’s recycling leader,” Barnett said in a statement.

Thanks to the program, four elementary schools will implement green projects — including indoor wall gardens at Delta Kelly Elementary School, a pollinator garden at Hampton Elementary School, a media center makerspace at Long Meadow Elementary School and a soil restoration project at McGregor Elementary School.

Van Hoosen Middle School received funding for a water bottle refill station, and Upland Hills School will use the grant for a school kitchen and curriculum surrounding sustainable farming.

At the high school level, Rochester Adams High School will use the funding for cafeteria recycling containers, Rochester High School will implement permanent hallway and common space recycling bins, and Stoney Creek High School will use the grant to fund a “goodbye plastic water bottle” program.

Robert Shaner, the superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, said the district greatly values its partnerships with the city, Recyclebank and its PTAs, which support participation in the Green Schools program.

“Through a variety of projects, our students are learning firsthand about the importance of taking care of the environment,” Shaner said in an email.

Recyclebank CEO Paul Winn said the best part of his job is witnessing the passion that students have for the environment.

“They are approaching sustainability in innovative ways and creating projects that make the world greener for themselves and future generations. We hope the Green Schools program encourages youth to continue learning about the environment and caring for our planet,” he said in a statement.

The city of Rochester Hills and Recyclebank have been partners since 2008. Rochester Hills schools have participated in Recyclebank’s Green Schools program since 2011. Collectively, Recyclebank has awarded over $109,300 in grants for the Green Schools program in Rochester Hills. This year, officials said, all nine schools achieved their donation goal.

For those who are not currently Recyclebank members, Rochester Hills residents can sign up at