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Green Schools

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.

Bel­lows Spring Ele­men­tary School

Gor­man Cross­ing Ele­men­tary School

Ham­mond Mid­dle School

Lau­rel Woods Ele­men­tary School

Tal­bott Springs Ele­men­tary School

Vet­er­ans Ele­men­tary School

Waverly Ele­men­tary School

Please visit the MAEOE web­site for a green school and green cen­ter inter­ac­tive map and list of Howard County Green Schools.

Please email Elissa Rei­neck at ereineck@howardcountymd.gov 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)

Green Tip

Hi, I’m Howard and I’m here to provide you with green tips. Look for me throughout the site and check out my cool interactive games at the Kids Zone.