Michigan GREEN

September 23, 2009 09:15 ET

Project EverGREEN Schools and Dell, Inc. Plant GREEN Computers

BRIGHTON, MI--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - Michigan GREEN's Project EverGREEN Schools and Dell, Inc. announce a tree planting event to complement the recent sale of 4,000 Dell computers to the state of Michigan. Students from Alto, Bushnell, Cherry Creek, and Murray Lake Elementary Schools will vie for the honor of planting 1,000 red and white oak and sugar maple seedlings at the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center and the adjacent Wege Natural Area in Lowell.

CEO Michael Dell wants his company to take the lead in reducing the environmental impact of technology worldwide. Dell's representatives asked Michigan GREEN for help in creating an event that would give something back to the citizens of Michigan by offsetting the environmental impact of each Dell computer purchased by the state. Michigan GREEN staff has been working with Lowell school officials, education center staff and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan to organize this learning opportunity for local students.

On Friday, October 9th, 100 Lowell students will gather at the center to learn firsthand how to replant a harvested area of forest. The red and white oak and sugar maple seedlings are indigenous to the area, and the random planting will replace the current pine plantation configuration at the center and restore the native mixed oak forest.

This event, co-funded by Michigan GREEN and Dell, is just one step in the commitment of both organizations toward advocating for and practicing global stewardship. The tree planting is part of Michigan GREEN's Project EverGREEN Schools, a national initiative that creates project-based learning opportunities for students that focus on environmental and energy-related issues.

The planting GREEN Computers Event will showcase both environmental and energy issues, and Michigan GREEN is hoping to provide a free energy kit to each participating student. These energy kits are filled with energy-conserving items for the home, and these items will generate over $100 in annual energy savings.

Sponsors are needed to help make this possible, and Michigan GREEN is looking for your support. Come join us as we help young people recognize the impact each home can have on our nation's efforts to increase our energy independence.

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