Maryland Green Schools
Maryland Green School Requirements

The following chart provides examples of activities and documents verifying that your school is a Green School. The examples found in the chart are a small selection of the type of activities that could illustrate a Green School. For more idea see the Maryland Green School Accomplishments, and application examples from the How to Apply link. Questions? Email greenschools@maeoe.org or your local Green School Resource contact.

Criteria

Examples of Activities

Examples of Documentation

Objective I
Curriculum & Instruction

The environment as a context for learning in all grades, across subject areas

Students examine and evaluate data to identify the decline in horseshoe crab populations. They read a newspaper article to be informed about the reasons for the decline. Students read to perform a task about how to raise horseshoe crab eggs. They construct the rearing tank, raise and monitor the crabs, and record their weekly observations and reflections in their science journals, and eventually release the crabs.
  • Student journals
  • PTA/School newspaper articles
  • Original teacher lesson plan

 

 

Professional Development - all staff know about the green school efforts, a majority have some environmenta learning, at least 10% of educators have formal environmentally related professional development during the application period. Teachers attend an Aquatic Resource Education Workshop or the Principal develops a school instructional workshop for developing performance tasks that use local environmental issues as the authentic context for learning.
  • Workshop agendas
  • Summary paragraph by teacher reflecting on workshop experience
  • Workshop product
Celebration - broad public support and recognition of student and staff's activities. Students plan and implement a dedication program for the School yard Forest that they planted with their local forestry board. School, staff, parents, partners, and members of the school community attend.
  • Photographs
  • Newspaper Article
  • Program
Objective II
Operation & Design of School Building & Grounds
(Choose at least 4 of 7 areas, implement at least two actions in each area)
Water Conservation Students install low-flow water devices in school sinks.
  • Water meter readings
  • Newspaper article
Water Pollution Prevention Students evaluate erosion at school site. They create and implement action plan to control erosion with assistance from local Soil Conservation.
  • Letter to Soil Conservation requesting assistance
  • Action Plan
  • Photograph
Energy Conservation Students contact their school's electric company to determine how they can save energy. They develop and implement an action project to reduce energy in school. Students monitor plan by using monthly bill to determine % of electricity conserved.
  • Student Energy Audit
  • Action Plan
  • Math lesson plan on calculating the % of energy saved on monthly electric bill
Solid Waste Reduction Using a blueprint or construction plan for a compost bin, students calculate the lumber and materials needed to construct the compost bin. Students build the bin, and monitor lunch waste composted.
  • Student calculated materials list
  • Student designed home composting pamphlet for parents
Natural Habitat Restoration - creating a Schoolyard Habitat Using a school map they created, students complete a habitat evaluation of their school grounds. They identify areas for habitat restoration and develop a 5 year implementation plan.
  • Student habitat checklist
  • 5 year habitat restoration plan
  • School map with identified habitat restoration area
Students identify areas of "no mow" on their school grounds. They write to inform their principal and maintenance staff about the value of "no mow" areas and request permission to establish a no mow location. They design, construct and erect signs that indicate a no mow area.
  • School map designating "no mow"
  • Letter to principal
  • Pictures of "no mow" grass
Building Structures for Learning Students read to be informed about building a bluebird trail. They evaluate their school grounds and identify areas for placement of bluebird boxes. They build and erect boxes on trail and monitor the boxes throughout the nesting season.
  • Bluebird Trail Map
  • Writing Journals
  • Data collected
  • Photographs
Students identify a location for an outdoor study site/trail on their school property. They work with the PTA to design and implement their project.
  • PTA agenda
  • Dedication ceremony program
  • School newspaper article
Responsible Transportation High school students develop and implement a "Share a Ride" plan for after school activities. The plan includes a process for establishing car pools for students who participate in after school activities.
  • Share a Ride
  • Data representing car pool results
  • Flyer to advertise Share a Ride
Healthy School Environment Students monitor drinking fountain for lead content and report their findings to the principal and the school board.
  • Data
  • Letter to the Principal
  • Report by Students
Objective III
School & Community Partnerships
Local Community Partnerships Students work with the local Chamber of Commerce, Master Gardeners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Boy Scouts to complete a BayScapes project at the county library.
  • Newspaper Article
  • Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust for plants
  • Letter to Partners
Community Partnerships at the School Local building contractor and the Soil Conservation Service donate services to assist students with the construction of a wetland area on the school property.
  • Map of Site
  • Project Calendar



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