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COVID - 19 UPDATE

Maryland Green Schools Application

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic MAEOE has decided to modify the MD Green School application for the 2020-2021 school year. MAEOE understands this school year will bring challenges for schools, students, teachers, parents, and administrators in unanticipated ways through the various distance learning models. In modifying the application MAEOE seeks to adapt the MD Green School application to the current distance learning models that will be utilized throughout the state. In recognizing that many Maryland students will be learning at home the three objectives have been modified to incorporate at home practices that will support certification. A summary of these modifications can be found here and in the Application Guide. These recommendations may assist in achieving MD Green School certification this school year. Out of the box thinking is encouraged. If you have questions please contact greenschools@maeoe.org.


Applications 1 through 3

Requirements for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Applications (New and Recertifying)

Link to Application Guide

Link to Rubric

Email all applications to applications@maeoe.org.

Intent to Apply Fee
The fee to apply for schools is $75 and is due on December 18, 2020. If you are submitting an application, but have not completed this step yet, click here to fill out your Intent to Apply.

Cover Sheet
Complete this sheet and submit it with your application. This document needs an original principal signature to be accepted. Electronic signatures won't be accepted. Here is the 2020-2021 Green Schools Cover Sheet (PDF version / Word version).

One-Page Summary
In your application, give a brief background about your school including a brief description of your school's green culture and significant changes the school has made.

Top Five Accomplishments
In your application and in the Metrics Survey, include a bullet list for each accomplishment that will be read at the Youth Summit Awards Ceremony. Limit your description to one sentence per accomplishment.

Metrics Survey
Enter your data and a brief summary of your "Top Five" accomplishments here.

Documented Application Objectives 1, 2 and 3
See the Application Guide for details. Example applications can be found on this page.

Applications are due by March 17, 2021.

Requirements for the 4th Application (Sustainable)

Link to Application Guide

Link to Rubric

Email all applications to applications@maeoe.org.

Intent to Apply Fee
The fee to apply for schools is $75 and is due on December 18, 2020. If you are submitting an application, but have not completed this step yet, click here to fill out your Intent to Apply.

Cover Sheet
Complete this sheet and submit it with your application. This document needs an original principal signature to be accepted. Electronic signatures won't be accepted. Here is the 2020-2021 Green Schools Cover Sheet (PDF version / Word version).

One-Page Summary
In your application please give a brief background about your school including a brief description of your school's green culture and significant changes the school has made.

Top Five Accomplishments
In your application and in the Metrics Survey, include a bullet list for each accomplishment that will be read at the Youth Summit Awards Ceremony. Limit your description to one sentence per accomplishment.

One-Page Goal Summary
In your application, please outline your next 4 years, 8 years, and 12 years green school goals. For more details please see the sustainable school application.

Metrics Survey
Enter your data and a brief summary of your "Top Five" accomplishments here.

Documented Application Objectives 1, 2 and 3 See the Application Guide for details. Example applications can be found on this page.

Applications are due by March 17, 2021.


Recertifying Sustainable Schools - New This Year!

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), is modifying the Maryland Green Schools program. This modification will impact a school that has successfully completed four or more applications and is recognized as Sustainable. Starting in 2022, Sustainable Schools will need to reapply every four years to maintain their Sustainable status. This process will allow schools to continue their best practices, encourage environmental education, participate in conservation professional development, and grow student stewardship.

The application has been revised and simplified for Sustainable Schools. The Green Center network, the MAEOE staff, and other partners are ready to offer support through staff and Green Leader turnover at schools. With over 70 Sustainable Maryland Green Schools, the green work you are doing impacts thousands of students every year. Sustainable Schools will lead to future generations of educators and students who reduce the carbon footprint of a school and to ongoing learning and stewardship opportunities for our students.

MAEOE recognizes that Sustainable Schools were not expecting to complete another Green School application. With the world around us changing so rapidly it is imperative that we prepare our students to meet these challenges and allow green schools to maintain viable and sustainable green school programs. By continuing the strong sustainable culture in your school, you are creating a better world for future generations of Maryland children and a culture we want to recognize and celebrate for its accomplishments.

To access the recording and the presentation from the November 10, 2020 Info Session, CLICK HERE.

Applications will be accepted in March 2022 for the first cohort. See the table below to check the year you need to reapply:

4th Application Submitted

Intent to Apply Deadline

Application Deadline

2017 or earlier

December 2021

March 2022

2018, 2019, 2020

December 2023

March 2024

2021

December 2024

March 2025

2022

December 2025

March 2026

This process will continue every four years for all Sustainable Schools

Requirements for Sustainable Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Evergreen

This application process is to be used by schools that have achieved Green School Sustainable status. If your school achieved sustainable status in March 2017 or earlier, the Application Guide and Rubric (links below) will help you to move your school to the next sustainable school award which is the bronze level.

Link to Application Guide

Link to Rubric

Email all applications to applications@maeoe.org.

Intent to Apply Fee The fee to apply for schools is $75 and is due on December 18, 2021. The intent to apply form for this application will be available in late summer 2021.

Cover Sheet Complete this sheet and submit it with your application. This document needs an original principal signature to be accepted. Electronic signatures won't be accepted. The 2021-2022 Green Schools Cover Sheet will be available in late summer 2021.

One-Page Summary In your application please give a brief background about your school including a brief description of your school's green culture and significant changes the school has made.

One-Page Goal Summary In your application, please outline your next 4 years, 8 years, and 12 years green school goals. For more details please see the sustainable school application.

Top Five Accomplishments
In your application and in the Metrics Survey, include a bullet list for each accomplishment that will be read at the Youth Summit Awards Ceremony. Limit your description to one sentence per accomplishment.

Metrics Survey Enter your data and a brief summary of your "Top Five" accomplishments here. For guidelines on the top five, see the Application Guide.

  • Not sure what is on the Metrics Survey? Use this PDF version to view the needed data prior to submitting online.
  • All data must be submitted all data online by March 17, 2022. The 2021-2022 Metrics Survey will be available in late summer 2021.

Documented Application Objectives 1, 2 and 3 See the Application Guide for details. Here's is an example of a suggested chart to use for documentation (PDF version / Excel version)

Applications are due by March 17, 2022.


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