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Certified Green Schools Conserve Energy and Water, Reduce Waste and Protect Environmental Resources

News Release, Maryland State Department of Education

BALTIMORE  – The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced the 2019-20 Maryland Green School designees, which grows the Maryland Green School Program to 656 schools strong. This year’s designees include an additional 46 new Maryland Green Schools, 86 schools with recertified Maryland Green School status, as well as 18 schools that achieved “sustainable” Maryland Green Schools status for participation in the program for 14 years. The Green School Program award represents a school-wide commitment to environmental literacy that includes staff, students, and the community. Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and international community working to create a more sustainable future.

Maryland Green Schools, in 2019-20, achieved remarkable environmental accomplishments. They saved 648,415 gallons of water; reduced energy use by 2,157,757 kwh; recycled 1,729,076 pounds of material, preventing waste from going to a landfill; created 25,961 square feet of natural habitat; planted 3,203 native plants, including shrubs and trees; and cleaned 86,197 square feet of streambanks to protect the State’s water quality.

Maryland Green Schools students are encouraged to share their passion for the environment while spending time “safer at home.”

“Congratulations to Maryland Green Schools for your hard work protecting and conserving our environmental resources in school communities throughout the State,” said Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools. “Even when not physically in school buildings, we can all continue to serve as role models in the community by conserving water and energy, recycling or reusing materials, and not littering.

MAEOE is recognizing awardees through a virtual celebration of videos and hopes to return to Sandy Point State Park for the 12th Annual Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit on May 20, 2021.

For more information about the Maryland Green Schools program, and to view the full list of Maryland Green Schools, visit www.maeoe.org.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...