Congratulations to the 2016-2017 MAEOE Maryland Green Schools!
MAEOE Announces the 2017 Maryland Green Schools and Green Center Awards
MAEOE is pleased to announce that 58 schools have been awarded Maryland Green School status and 55 schools have maintained their status by recertifying. We are also pleased to announce that 8 Maryland schools have achieved Sustainable School status. Sustainable Schools have successfully participated in the program for 14 years. Maryland Green Schools have demonstrated a continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development and community engagement into the culture of the school. This certification signifies that these schools have made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing environmental impact.
MAEOE also awards 2017 Maryland Green Center status to 4 organizations, including 1 new Green Centers. There are 43 Maryland Green Centers providing local support to schools participating in the Maryland Green Schools program. Green Centers model sustainable environmental practices, provide teaching resources and form partnerships that positively impact students, teachers and the community.
The Maryland Green Schools Program is nationally recognized program begun in 1999. Today there are over 582 Green Schools certified in Maryland, over 25% of all Maryland schools.
“The Maryland Green Schools program provides a framework for creating sustainable environmental structures at school, home and in the community. The Maryland Green Schools program has encouraged children to become stewards of Maryland’s environmental resources,” says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director. Students are involved in projects that save energy and reduce waste. We encourage teachers use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.
MAEOE will celebrate with Green Schools, Green Centers and schools that are interested in knowing more about the program at the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit on May 18, 2017, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.