Maryland Schools Go Green

As reported in the Washington Post, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday honored two Montgomery County schools with the Green Ribbon award: Cedar Grove Elementary in Germantown and Summit Hall Elementary in Gaithersburg.  As reported,

Joshua P. Starr, superintendent of the Montgomery County schools, said he appreciated the recognition. “Montgomery County Public Schools has a strong commitment to green construction practices and minimizing our environmental footprint, including districtwide programs that encourage recycling and energy conservation,” Starr said in a statement. “We also make sure our students and staff understand the importance of being good environmental and ecological stewards at school, at home and in the community.”

For more information, see the full story from the Washington Post.

Maryland also has its own green school recognition program.  As described by the Department of Natural Resources, The Maryland Green School program was developed by a diverse team of educators representing the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Office of the Governor, the Maryland Association of Student Councils, Maryland Department of Education, Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of the Environment. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education certifies all schools in the program.  As described,

The Maryland Green School Program recognizes Maryland schools that include environmental education in the curricula, model best management practices at the school and address community environmental issues. Schools interested in receiving the award complete an application that documents the school’s program and activities during a two-year period. A panel reviews the applications and an award celebration is held in the spring.

For detailed information about becoming a Green School, visit: www.maeoe.org

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