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The February 2014 MAEOE Newsletter

Green Center and Sustainable Green School Appications are posted! Intent to apply for 2014 is due Dec. 20, 2013!

Updated Job Postings

MD Green School certification is mentioned in this article by The Baltimore Sun!

Gabrielle Cantor, Bryn Shellenberger and Wiliam Allenbach join MAEOE staff!

Maryland participates in US EPA funded EE Capacity program. Information and resources are located on a national website:

MAEOE Partners with National Wildlife Federation and Eco Schools USA

Four Maryland Schools Receive National Green Ribbon Honor

MAEOE and FieldScope: MAEOE Partners with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and National Geographic

View FieldScope - a mapping tool for Maryland Green Schools & Centers.

Green Ribbon 2013
MSDE Press Release and link to application



Canoeing at Eden Mill Nature Center

Sunset on Smith Island

Rosemont ES Green Schools Ceremony 2005

Environmental Concern Bay Grass Nursery

Chesapeake Bay Foundation teacher trip aboard the skipjack Stanley Norman

Students learn about bog at Arlington Echo Environmental Education Center

Steve Heacock, Carroll Co. Outdoor School raptor demo 2007 MAEOE Green Schools Ceremony

Students enjoy planting a MAEOE/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service schoolyard habitat project

Participants learn how to fix a broken turtle shell at the MAEOE Conference

Kayaking at Eden Mill Nature Center

Student finds crayfish - MAEOE/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service schoolyard habitat project

Teacher training stream study at Lathrop E. Smith Center

Arlington Echo Chesapeake Connections schoolyard habitat project in Davidsonville

Students paddle on the Cocoa River

Fifth graders dip net in Cabin Gut Marsh at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center

Chesapeake Bay Foundation student leadership trip

Arlington Echo Chesapeake Connections schoolyard habitat project in West Annapolis

Eden Mill Nature Center volunteers & staff on Trail Challenge Hike on Old Rag Mountain

Arbor Day celebratory tree planting at Harford Glen

Environmental education trip on the HMS Chesapeake

Lathrop E. Smith Center brings Montgomery Co. Teachers on CBF island trip

Students seine for fish at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center

Student holds baby turtle at Eden Mill Nature Center

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Green Eggs and Sand Program

Green School Flag Raising

Teacher enjoying the Bay wilderness

Student studying water in snow through snowscope at Lathrop E. Smith Center

Green School Application Review
·  April 7th, 9am- 3pm - Brookside Nature Center
·  April 8th, 9am- 3pm - Arlington Echo
·  April 9th, 9am- 3pm AND 5pm- 8pm - MAEOE Office
·  April 15th, 9am- 3pm - MAEOE Office
·  April 16th, 9am- 3pm - Robinson Nature Center

Please consider signing up for one or more review sessions.  If you can attend for part of any of these dates, it will help us to get through all of the applications. 


The 5th Annual Maryland Green School Awards Ceremony and Youth Summit
Sandy Point State Park,Annapolis, MD, May 30, 2014



The annual Youth Summit is held at Sandy Point State Park, along the shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay. This year we will be celebrating 15 years of Maryland Green Schools!

Maryland teachers and students are invited to discover programs and resources for your schools, through hands on learning with local environmental education providers.  It is a day of celebration for new and recertifying Green Schools & Green Centers.  Whether or not you are receiving an award, students and teachers participate in:

  • Award Ceremonies
    • Youth Leadership Activities
    • Environmental Literacy Fair

Environmental Education Centers and Programs are encouraged to take part in the Environmental Literacy Fair.  Registration will open in April. Cost $2 per person.

Visit our Youth Summit page for more information.


alliance_save_energy Maryland PowerSavers Challenge


Empower students to save energy and money for your school by participating in the Maryland PowerSavers Challenge.

Why save energy?  Schools nationwide spend over $8 billion on energy, and in most schools energy costs are second only to personnel expenses.  The US Department of Energy estimates that up to 25% of the energy in schools is wasted.  Students engaged in energy savings projects not only learn STEM skills, but are empowered to solve a real world problem of escalating energy costs and environmental impacts.

Middle and high schools across Maryland are eligible to compete to reduce their energy use for a chance to win $1,000, an energy diagnostic toolkit and full day student energy audit training.   They will also receive a "Behind the Scenes" tour during the USA Science and Engineering Expo on April 26.

Schools have two ways to win, either by:

  • Collecting energy saving pledges 
  • Creating a winning energy efficiency outreach video.  
Schools that do both double their chances of winning.
Each school that registers will receive access to competition resources that will teach students how to:
  • Conduct an energy audit
  • Come up with energy saving recommendations
  • Create an energy saving pledge campaign and/or outreach video
Between February 16th and April 15th all participating schools collect the greatest number of kilowatt energy saving pledges and/or create the best outreach video.  A template for the energy savings pledges is available online once schools register for the competition.  
Participating schools also receive a free watt meter and access to two of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Flipped Classroom Lessons (Energy Basics and Energy Auditing).   Schools can also request that a Lockheed Martin volunteer visit their school to help students audit their school or assist with a video.
Award categories are:
  • The high school with the greatest number of kWh savings pledged
  • The middle school with the greatest number of kWh savings pledged
  • The winning high school outreach video
  • The winning middle school outreach video
  • The school with the highest pledged energy savings per student (This will be decided by dividing the total pledged energy savings by the number of students attending the school)
While schools may enter both categories, they may only win once.
To learn more about the Maryland PowerSavers Challenge and to register, please visit or contact Jennifer Alldredge,


The Mid-Atlantic Sustainable School FieldScope (MASS-FS) project is ready for MD Green School Best Management Practices data to be entered. Although not required for the 2013-2014 application, this tool is a great resource for Green schools and will be required after this year.  Guidance for adding data is provided in the Help section under the Data tab. UMCES has created a prep sheet to assist you with the process.
UMCES has scheduled three webinars to assist MD green school applicants with this:
Thursday February 27, 3:45pm- 4:30pm
Wednesday March 12, 3:45pm- 4:30pm
Tuesday March 25, 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Anyone interested in participating - or who cannot participate but needs assistance - should contact Cassie Doty at cdoty@umces,edu.  


MAEOE 2013/14 Green School and Green Center Application Guidelines are now available. If you are planning to apply to be a Maryland Green School or Recertify, please go to Green Schools for information on the application and the filing process. The 2013/2014 Green Center Application is available on the Green Center page.

Mark your calendars! The 2013/2014 Youth Summit will be May 30th, 2014.

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