Detroit Public Schools Participate in Recycle-Bowl

This past fall, 42 schools in Detroit Public Schools participated in the national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Recycle-Bowl is a national competition put on by Keep America Beautiful that encourages schools to record the most recycling per person. Students had to collect recyclable materials and weigh them over the course of four weeks to try and see which school recycled more. While none of Detroit’s 42 participating schools didn’t win the national competition, they are winners to our city!

Green Living Science and the DPS Go Green Challenge, with the help of AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators, worked together to make sure the Recycle-Bowl challenge was a success and are excited to announce the top participants. These include first-place winner Emerson Elementary-Middle School, recycling 8.26 lbs/person; second place, Roberto Clemente Academy, recycling 4.87 lbs/person; and our third-place winner, Carstens Academy, recycling 4.80 lbs/person. These schools recycled a total of 13,494 pounds combined over four weeks. Overall, DPS recycled 37,791 pounds over the four-week competition!

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Eight Mile Boulevard Association (Keep Michigan Beautiful)

The Eight Mile Boulevard Association revitalizes a 27 mile stretch of Eight Mile Road, including three counties, thirteen communities and over 1,700 businesses. As part of our project, we held a corridor-wide cleanup event, “Clean the D” and supported the façade renovation of two Eight Mile businesses through our Façade Improvement Program.

As a result of Clean the D, we and more than 150 volunteers completed six major projects, including three gardens and the removal of approximately 4,500 pounds of litter and debris from Eight Mile. As a result of the Façade Improvement Program, we supported over $200,000 in private investment with only $15,000 in façade assistance grants.