Earth Day in Michigan: Off the Beaten Path

Michigan’s economy is among the worst in the United States, but

mandj98, via flickr

mandj98, via flickr

people here are still taking time out to celebrate the natural beauty of the Great Lakes state (in between handing out resumes and searching the newspaper classifieds).

While Earth Day is officially April 22, groups and governments in the state have been holding Earth Day-themed events for most of the month.

If you want to go for the big guns, try a celebration by the state Department of Environmental Quality in Bay City, on Earth Day. The DEQ’s Saginaw Bay District employees moved into a green building earlier this year. It’s the first state building to be certified gold through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. A wind turbine and solar panels are planned.

If you want to go a little off the beaten path, head for the Thumb, as it’s called. Michigan is shaped like a mitten, by the way, hence the term.

The Huron County school district has for years held an Embrace Our Earth event. The county boasts the state’s first two commercial wind farms, near the farming communities of Elkton and Ubly. The Embrace Our Earth event will be held this year on April 25 in Bad Axe. Previous EOE days have attracted thousands of folks, even one year when there was a tremendous snowstorm.

The Earth Day Network has an extensive list of Michigan Earth Day activities. Don’t forget, the day after is Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

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