Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports

Go Green Youth Challenge

 Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative raises awareness for the trees


 LANSING, Mich., February 7, 2013 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance announced today that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is stepping up to contribute $5,000 to support its Go Green Youth Challenge program.

 The Go Green Youth Challenge will engage Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, are challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 14 – April 1, 2013.  The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings.

“We are pleased to support an initiative that emphasizes community outreach and youth participation, especially one with such a long-term impact.  Trees are an investment in our future,” said Alan Carroll, Principal Engineer for the BWL.

“This is a great boost to the Go Green Youth Challenge.  We are excited to partner again with the Board of Water and Light to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 26 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

In addition to the coin collection program, there will also be a Creative Writing Contest in the 2013 initiative.  K-12 students are urged to utilize their imagination and tell us “What Do Trees Mean To You?”  The contest will run alongside the coin collection.  Details and rules can be found at

For more information or to sign up for the Go Green Youth Challenge, contact Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at or visit


The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.


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