MAEOE Certifies Swan Meadow and Northern High as Maryland Green School

Last Updated on May 6, 2014 at 11:06am

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Announces 2014 Maryland Green School Awards
The Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) is pleased to announce that Swan Meadow School and Northern High School have been certified as 2014 Maryland Green Schools. Over the past two years, both schools have demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into our daily operations. This certification signifies that Swan Meadow and Northern Highi have made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the environmental impact of our school.
The Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS), an award winning program founded in 1999, was designed to foster a student- led integrated approach to authentic learning that incorporates local environmental issue investigation and teacher professional development with environmental best management practices and community stewardship.  This year over 100 schools have been certified as a Maryland Green School, including 45 new schools, 43 first recertification schools, 13 second recertification schools, and 2 sustained schools (final numbers will be released May 1, 2014).
MDGS plays a key role in helping schools meet the Maryland State Department of Education’s environmental literacy standards established through the Governor’s Partnership for Children in Nature. The program is a method of improving environmental literacy for students and a tool for catalyzing change within the community as envisioned in Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.
“Building a framework today for sustainable environmental structures at school, home and in the community, that is what the Maryland Green Schools program brings to the children of Maryland”, says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director.  The outdoor settings are used to develop an integrated context for learning from elementary school through high school. The children have an impact on their school, homes and their communities. The Maryland Green Schools program plays an important role in fulfilling the state’s commitment to ensure our young people become environmentally literate by the time they graduate.”
MAEOE will celebrate with Green Schools, Green Centers and schools interested in knowing more about the program at the Maryland Green School Youth Summit on May 30, 2014, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

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