Meadow Brook & University Hills win “Green” Grants City’s Partnership with Recyclebank continues to grow

Thanks to the City’s partnership with Recyclebank and the support of the residents who donated their recycling points, Meadow Brook and University Hills Elementary schools have been awarded a Green Schools Grant from Recyclebank.

“Through our partnership with Recyclebank, we have an ideal opportunity to help educate our next generation on the importance of recycling and protecting our environment,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett.

The program allows elementary schools in Recyclebank communities to apply for funding to implement a school project that focuses on educating and motivating students to live a greener lifestyle.

Rochester Hills schools have been longtime participants in Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program. Eight community schools have participated since the program’s inception. Green Schools awards grant money to schools to fund unique student projects that will green their classroom and community, such as a community garden or the implementation of in-school recycling efforts.

This year, both Meadow Brook Elementary and University Hills Elementary will build several raising gardens and plant a variety of vegetables and flowers that will inspire a love of nature among students and help educate them on plants, the benefits of eating healthy, and giving back to the community by making produce donations to the Rochester Food Pantry. Meadow Brook also proposed the use of rain barrels to water the garden and teach students about water conservation.

“This is the sixth consecutive year that a Rochester Hills school has been named as a Green School, and thanks to our residents generosity in donating their Recyclebank points, we have not lost an award yet,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett.  “Combined we have received nearly $20,000 for school environmental projects.”

If not already a Recyclebank member, Rochester Hills residents can easily sign-up by visiting and following the quick prompts to set up an account and verify their home address.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine and, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

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