Originally published by the Department of Communications and Community Outreach for Baltimore County Public Schools.

TOWSON, MD. – Just in time for Earth Day, the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) has named three Baltimore County public schools as 2017 Maryland Green Schools and has recertified seven other BCPS schools as Maryland Green Schools.

Schools are selected as Maryland Green Schools after demonstrating a continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development, and community engagement into the culture of the school. Being named Maryland Green Schools signifies that these schools have made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing environmental impact. Maryland Green Schools apply for recertification every four years by demonstrating that they are continuing to integrate and reinforce the environmental practices and education.

The new BCPS Maryland Green Schools for 2017 are:

  • Battle Monument School
  • Lyons Mill Elementary School
  • Randallstown Elementary School

The BCPS schools receiving their first recertifications are:

  • Sparrows Point High School
  • West Towson Elementary School

Those receiving their second recertifications are:

  • Cromwell Valley Elementary School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Stoneleigh Elementary School
  • Timonium Elementary School
  • Windsor Mill Middle School

The Maryland Green Schools Program is a nationally recognized program begun in 1999. Today there are over 582 Green Schools certified in Maryland, including more than 25% of all Maryland schools.

“The Maryland Green Schools program provides a framework for creating sustainable environmental structures at school, home and in the community. The Maryland Green Schools program has encouraged children to become stewards of Maryland’s environmental resources,” says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE executive director. “Students are involved in projects that save energy and reduce waste. We encourage teachers to use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.”

The BCPS newly named and newly recertified schools will participate in the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit on Thursday, May 18, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. The event is also open to schools that are interested in knowing more about the program. More information is available at the MAEOE website.