Calvert County Public Schools is pleased to announce that two schools earned the status of Maryland Sustainable Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). In addition, six schools have been recertified as Maryland Green Schools.
After previously earning the status of Green School, Calvert Elementary School and Calvert Middle School were approved to be Maryland Sustainable Green Schools, having demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into their daily operations for the past fourteen years.
Earning their second Green School recertification are Patuxent Appeal Elementary Campus, Huntingtown High School, Patuxent High School, St. Leonard Elementary School, Sunderland Elementary School, and Windy Hill Elementary School. In four years, these schools will have the opportunity to apply to become Sustainable Schools.
The Maryland Green School Program fosters an approach that incorporates environmental issue investigation with environmental best management practices, while promoting community awareness and involvement. Through this program, each school is able to cultivate environmental stewardship that extends outside of the school into the community. Schools must report and document their efforts every four years to remain certified.
Energy and Environmental Specialist Sheila Stevens said, “CCPS continues to maintain a 100% success rate, with all schools being certified as Maryland Green Schools. This success is owed to the dedicated administration, teaching staff, support staff, students, and community partners at each school. Additional support is provided by the Departments of Instruction and School Facilities. This accomplishment is a testament that CCPS is moving towards a sustainable future.”
MAEOE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, engage, and empower the community to understand, responsibly use, and promote the natural world. MAEOE’s Maryland Green School program began in 1999. Today there are 582 active Maryland Green Schools, which account for over 25% of all Maryland schools. For a complete listing of Green Schools and Green Centers, visit www.maeoe.org.