Calvert County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Northern Middle School earned the status of Maryland Sustainable Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). In addition, three schools have been recertified as Maryland Green Schools.
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “This is a result of team effort and team attitude to be more environmentally responsible.”
After previously earning the status of Green School, Northern Middle was approved to be Maryland Sustainable Green School, having demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities and community engagement into their daily operations for the past fourteen years.
Earning their second Green School recertification are Barstow Elementary School, Mutual Elementary School, and Southern Middle School. In four years, these schools will have the opportunity to apply to become Sustainable Schools.
The Maryland Green School Program fosters an approach that incorporates environmental issue investigation with environmental best management practices, while promoting community awareness and involvement. Through this program, each school is able to cultivate environmental stewardship that extends outside of the school into the community. Schools must report and document their efforts every four years to remain certified.
Energy and Environmental Specialist Sheila Stevens said, “CCPS continues to maintain a 100% success rate, with all schools being certified as Maryland Green Schools. Of our 24 schools that are certified, 11 have reached a sustainable status. Only 54 schools in the state of Maryland have attained the sustainable level, and I am proud to say that 20% of the elite 54 are CCPS schools. The success is owed to the dedicated administration, teaching staff, support staff, students and community partners. This accomplishment is a testament that CCPS is moving towards a sustainable future.”
MAEOE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, engage, and empower the community to understand, responsibly use, and promote the natural world. MAEOE’s Maryland Green School program began in 1999. Today, there are 618 active Maryland Green Schools, which account for over 27% of all Maryland schools. For a complete listing of Green Schools and Green Centers, visit www.maeoe.org.