U.S. EPA Case Studies (2014–16)

In 2014, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) and its nine hubs received a two-year model environmental education program grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support numerous place-based stewardship education (PBSE) projects in select Michigan schools and develop media-rich case studies for those projects. 

In addition, the GLSI used the EPA funds to develop guiding principles for PBSE and an associated self-assessment rubric, as well as a white paper describing how the focus of PBSE varies in different schools and community settings (urban, suburban, and rural).

Full case studies or summaries of eight of the eleven case studies are available at the links below. Information on the other three case studies will be posted as it becomes available.



A Carbon-neutral Graduation at City High/Middle School in Grand Rapids, Michigan (an urban high school) Full Case Study

Citizen Science Explorations at Alpena Public Schools Information Coming Soon!

The Cody Youth Ambassadors: A force for change and hope in the Cody Rouge Community of Detroit, Michigan (an urban high school) Full Case Study

Community-wide Stewardship Projects to Benefit the Looking Glass Watershed at David Scott Elementary School in DeWitt, Michigan (a suburban elementary school) Full Case Study

Connecting our Great Lakes at Au Gres-Sims School in Au Gres, Michigan (a rural elementary school) Summary

Duck Habitat Project at Southwestern Classical Academy in Flint, Michigan (an urban middle/high school) Summary

Lake Perrault Outdoor Classroom and Stewardship Project at Jeffers High School in Painesdale, Michigan (a rural high school) Full Case Study

The Naturalized Playground at Wexford Academy in Lansing, Michigan (an urban elementary/middle school) Information Coming Soon!

Schoolwide Stewardship Education at Whitehall Middle School in Whitehall, Michigan (a suburban middle school) Full Case Study

Superior Stewardship at Washington Middle School in Calumet, Michigan (a rural middle school) Full Case Study

Utilizing Partnerships and Green Infrastructure to Restore Kids Creek in Traverse City, Michigan (a small-town middle school) Summary