Sunday, June 14, 2009

What is a Howard County, Maryland GREEN school?

"Since 1999, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education has awarded Green School status to public and private schools, pre-K through grade 12, that pass a rigorous application process demonstrating their commitment to environmental curriculum and sustainability. Schools must apply for recertification every three years."

With support from teams of teachers, custodians, administrators, and staff at each school, students were able to accomplish some pretty impressive things, including:

  • Giving presentations to faculty and staff, the school board, and the Howard County Council about Green Schools and the importance of saving energy;
  • Conducting campaigns to increase home energy efficiency: An estimated 100 HCPSS families took the ENERGY STAR® “Change a Light” pledge to replace one incandescent light bulb with an energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb;
  • Using the Green Schools Tool Kit, a collection of professional energy measurement tools, to investigate energy use – and waste – in their school buildings;
  • Creating posters, movies, skits, and commercials to increase school-wide awareness about the importance of saving energy; and
  • Writing articles about Green Schools for school newsletters and the Alliance’s Green Schools Gazette student newsletter.

Howard County's 2009 Green Schools are:

  • Atholton Elementary School
  • Centennial Lane Elementary School
  • Dayton Oaks Elementary School
  • Deep Run Elementary School
  • Forest Ridge Elementary School
  • Glenwood Middle School
  • Hollifield Station Elementary School
  • Longfellow Elementary School