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Download the Green Center Application Guide for more detailed information. This guide includes information for Applications 1-5. Green Centers will submit applications via email this year. The online portal for Green Centers is still being built.

Important Updates

Important Dates:

  • Intent to Apply Due: December 15, 2023 via Jotform
  • Preliminary Review Sessions: February 2024

NEW!! Submission Dates:

  • Early Submission (applications 2-5 only): December 15, 2023
  • Final Date for Submission: March 1, 2024
  • Announcements: On or around Earth Day
  • Youth Summit at Sandy Point State Park: Thursday, May 30, 2024

Application Information:

  • All centers will submit applications via Google Slides, PowerPoint, or website to
  • If submitting Application 5, it is a simplified version of the application using this spreadsheet.
  • Coming Soon: View recordings of the Application Info Session.
  • Centers are required to reapply every four years to maintain their Green Center status.

Sustainable Centers (Applications 5 and Beyond) Information:

  • Depending on when you received Sustainable Green Center status (Application 4), you'll be required to reapply every four years to maintain your Sustainable Green Center status.
  • If you are a Sustainable Green Center, the chart below summarizes the year you will need to reapply.

4th Application Successfully Submitted

Intent to Apply Deadline

Application Deadline

2017 or earlier

December 2021

March 2022

2018, 2019, 2020

December 2023

March 2024


December 2024

March 2025


December 2025

March 2026

Application Checklist

  • Intent to Apply: Pay the $100 Intent to Apply fee using Jotform. If a check must be used to pay the fee, mail the checks payable to MAEOE at P.O. Box 1103 Edgewater, MD 21037.
  • One-page summary: Include a brief description of your center’s green culture and examples of sustainable changes that the center has made to become greener.
  • Top five accomplishments: Include one sentence or phrase for each accomplishment. These will be read at the Youth Summit Awards Ceremony. Limit your description to one sentence per accomplishment.
  • Goal Summary (Application 4, 5, and beyond): Describe your center’s goals for the next 4 years, 8 years, and 12 years. Include how to make them successful, the people who will be involved, and what outcomes you expect from the goals. Application 5 and beyond: Reflect on the previous goals set in the last application.
  • Objectives 1, 2, and 3: Complete the application items for each of the objectives. Applications 5 and Beyond ONLY will complete a simplified version of the application (following this template). Three separate reviewers will evaluate your application using this rubric. Look at the rubric to ensure your information and documentation are adequate.
  • School Metrics Survey: Review the PDF of the Metrics Survey to gather all needed information, then, complete the online Metrics Survey. This data allows MAEOE to quantify green achievements (e.g., the number of trees planted, miles of streams cleaned, pounds of trash collected, etc.), shows the impact of Maryland Green Centers on the environment, and provides inspiration to other centers.
  • Application Submission Window: December 15, 2023- March 1, 2024. *
    • All applications are due by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2024.
    • Applications received after March 1, 2024, are not guaranteed a review.
    • Only RECERTIFYING SCHOOLS are eligible to submit before the Mach 1 deadline. NEW SCHOOLS cannot submit their application until March 1.
  • Register to attend or exhibit at the MD Green School Youth Summit on Thursday, May 30, 2024. This is a celebration for all schools in Maryland. Schools with successful Green Schools applications will be recognized. More info can be found here.
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