It takes a lot to make a school green and students, teachers, and parents can work together to make changes. Change starts with small steps and leads to BIG results. Simply encouraging students and faculty to turn off lights and electronics when not in use, recycling, and engaging the school community in environmental projects are great ways to help your school go green.
Become a Maryland Green School
As of February 2017, Howard County has 53 schools certified Maryland “green schools.” What does it mean to be a Maryland Green School? It means that the school completed a rigorous process and their application was approved by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). After several years, school’s must re-certify to stay in the program. To be approved, schools complete environmental projects to improve the greenness of the school itself, and also incorporate environmental education into the classroom.
Some of Howard County’s green schools created websites describing their programs. This encourages sharing the information within the school community and allows other schools to be inspired and get new ideas. Here are the links to some of the green school websites.
Please email Elissa Reineck at email@example.com to let us know if your school is a green school and has a website we can feature on this page!
For a quick list of ideas for making your school greener, check out this link to the Live Green Card for Green Schools: (PDF)