Maryland received top honors from a trio of international organizations, citing its standard for environmental education. From coverage in the Cecil Whig:
Maryland’s environmental literacy standards got international recognition last week when the state received a Silver 2015 Future Policy Award from the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UNICEF.
The award recognizes Maryland for becoming the first state in the nation to require students to be environmentally literate prior to graduation. Maryland’s standards have positively affected knowledge, behavior and local action at its schools and also improved overall student learning in a variety of subjects, the award committee found. These standards have also been used as a model by other states.