Green Ribbon Schools
MAEOE is one of several organizations that has worked with the Maryland State Department of Education to develop the nomination and selection process for Maryland schools wishing to participate in the US Green Ribbon Schools program. Maryland Green Schools make excellent US Green Ribbon Schools!
- North Carroll High School Named National Green Ribbon School, 2014
- Travilah Elementary School Named National Green Ribbon School, 2014.
- Montgomery County School District Recieves Green School Award, 2013
The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting exemplary practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:
- Reduce environmental impact and cost
- Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
- Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways
Combined achievement in ALL three of these areas, collectively known as Pillars, serves as the basis for recognition. Each Pillar is divided into Elements, which provide further guidance on each of the three main areas. ED-GRS aligns with the Department’s cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance and increasing efficiency at the federal, state, and local levels. At the post-secondary level, these Pillars help to support the goals of reduced college costs, increased completion rates, higher rates of employment, and robust civic skills among graduates. The recognition award is part of a U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, and reinforce federal efforts to increase energy independence and economic security.
Encouraging resource efficient schools, districts, and IHEs allows administrators to dedicate more resources to instruction rather than operational costs. Healthy schools and wellness practices ensure that all students learn in an environment conducive to achieving their full potential, free of the health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps. Sustainability education helps all students engage in hands-on learning, hone critical thinking skills, learn many disciplines and develop a solid foundation in STEM subjects. It motivates postsecondary students in many disciplines, and especially those underserved in STEM subjects, to persist and graduate with sought after degrees and robust civic skills.
Gary Hedges, Science Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Congratulations to the following Maryland schools/school systems for achieving the Green Ribbon Award!
- Dunlogging Middle School, Howard County
- Francis Scott Key Middle School, Montgomery County
- Folger McKinsey Elementary School, Anne Arundel County
- Lucy School, Frederick County
- Cedar Grove Elementary School, Montgomery County
- Summit Hall Elementary School, Montgomery County
- Montgomery County Public School System
- J. C. Parks Elementary School, Charles County
- Northwest High School, Montgomery County
- Howard County Public School System