Our Work

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) is proud to highlight the accomplishments of its regional hubs and their participating schools and community organizations.

From November 2007 through the end of the 2014–15 school year, the GLSI’s regional hubs have:

  • Worked with over 1,500 teachers in more than 280 schools across Michigan to design and carry out a variety of place-based environmental stewardship projects in local communities
  • Enlisted about 400 individuals, or representatives, of local, state, or national groups to serve as partners in those stewardship projects 
  • Supported stewardship projects that engaged more than 80,000 students in rigorous, locally relevant learning (students are counted once each school year; opportunities for students to have more experiences in subsequent school years vary by school) 
  • Encouraged students to explore the connection between their local watershed and the Great Lakes, and helped them understand the characteristics of healthy lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds 
  • Motivated students to embrace and investigate challenges; understand, enjoy, and enhance natural resources in their neighborhoods and communities; become more aware of their own impact on the environment; make responsible decisions; communicate with others about the environment; and develop strategies to improve the places where they live
  • Helped young people discover the important role that natural resources and environmental quality play in the lives of Michigan citizens 
  • Highlighted the links between natural resources, environmental quality, and state and local economic well-being