Welcome to a great adventure for your school, your students, and your community! The Maryland Green School Awards Program is a framework for a holistic, integrated approach to authentic learning that incorporates local environmental issue investigation and professional development with environmental best management practices and community stewardship.
Who is eligible:
All Maryland schools pre K-12, public and private.
All environmental centers providing high level support for Maryland Green Schools .
What is required: Schools & Centers document activities accomplished over a 2 year period (ending on June 1 st of the year the application is submitted).
Classroom Integration of environmental issue instruction
Environmental related Professional development for educators
Celebration of the school's achievements
Demonstration of selected conservation best management practices (BMPs)
Sustained school-community partnerships to enhance environmental learning
Who prepares the application: A committee composed of one or more representatives of each of the following groups: teaching staff, facility manager, students, parents, and community partners.
When are applications accepted: Applications are non-competitive and are accepted each year in the spring. Newly recognized Maryland Green Schools and Maryland Green Centers are announced in late spring. An award ceremony and reception are held in late May.
What are the incentives and rewards:
Maryland Green School or Center flag
Statewide and local county/city recognition
Visibility as a model for other schools and for the local neighborhood
Native MD tree from MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tree-Mendous MD "Gift of Tree" Program.
1:1 match on future Tree-Mendous tree orders through MD DNR
Green Centers: State and local recognition,native MD tree, Green School flag and banner, other gifts.
Upon renewal of GS status: Statewide and local county/city recognition, plaque, other gifts
When must a school or center re-apply: Maryland Green School and Maryland Green Center status must be renewed every 4 years by submitting a recertification application of ongoing Green School or Green Center activities. The recertification application is on line at the greenschools page.
What support is available to my school or center: Click here to access upcoming workshops, conferences, meetings, suggested templates for the application, applications for new Green Schools, recertification, Green Centers, a matrix of all MD Green Schools with important renewal dates and a list of internet resources that can help with activities.
If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
MAEOE hopes to see you and your students at the next ceremony!