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How Can I Camp Green?
- Go for a walk or swim to cool off
- Turn off your camper AC when not inside
- Keep camper windows and doors closed when AC is on
- Turn off appliances when not in use
- Use energy efficient light bulbs in your camper
- Turn off camper lights during the day and outside lights at night
- Take shorter showers
- Use water spigots only to fill containers
- Use the park's recycling area or take recycling home
- Keep gray water off the ground
- Burn wood, not garbage, in fire rings
- Leave Styrofoam plates and cups on store shelves
What is Camp Green
Camp Green is an initiative to protect the environment and save energy at your park while camping. It's a win for everyone - you, the park and the environment.
Why Camp Green?
Because you can be a steward of your park's environment, keeping it clean and operational for future generations. Over the years, many campers have switched from tents to larger campers that consume much more electricity. In fact, air conditioners (ACs) are the biggest consumer of electricity in our parks. When reducing electrical costs, the savings can be passed on to you in the form of park improvements.
What other green initiatives are taking place?
Safeguarding Michigan's most important natural resource, the Great Lakes, is a top priority. State-owned marinas, following program guidelines, influence and control the amount of toxic agents, oil, gasoline and sediment runoff into these waters.
Growing Not Mowing
At certain locations, including some designated park areas, grass may look a little longer but that's because we're Growing Not Mowing! Enhancement and preservation of natural habitat reflect Michigan's unique landscape, prevent pollution, reduce nuisance geese, stabilize shoreline and save fuel and staff time.
The biggest change you'll notice at the restrooms and shower facilities of participating Cleaning Green parks and harbors is the lack of pine or flowery smells. These odors are signs of chemical perfumes or additives used in traditional cleaners. Green-certified cleaning products have few fumes, are biodegradable and work as well as traditional cleaners. Because of this program, you can truly breathe in the fresh air of Michigan's out-of-doors.