Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS) is a sustainable schools program. As MAEOE’s signature program, MDGS is nationally recognized as having significant impact with students and schools. The program provides educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that promote responsible environmental stewardship practices and increase awareness of how our relationship with the environment ultimately impacts public health and society.
Why should schools become MAEOE Green Schools?
- Recognition of the commitment your school and their communities have been making towards environmental sustainability
- Provides your school with an evaluation of the efforts being taken towards becoming more Green
- An extensive network of partners in your school’s community and statewide resources to collaborate with
- Nature experiences increase academic achievement
- Connects to state/federal standards:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
- Next Generation Science Standards
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
- College Career Readiness
- Environmental Literacy Standards
- Interaction with nature affects the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young minds
- Students become stewards of their environment and increase interest in green careers
- School distinction with recognition by county and state officials
The Program’s goals are to enrich education by integrating hands-on, inquiry-based instruction, to empower youth to practically apply knowledge at school, home and in their communities that reduce ecological impact and encourage sustainable practices.
Green School objectives include: environmental issue instruction, professional development, school-wide environmental behavior changes, celebration of green practices, responsible transportation & reduced emissions, healthy living & learning environments, water conservation & pollution reduction, energy conservation, structures for environmental learning, habitat restoration, solid waste reduction, and community partnership.
There are 664 certified Maryland Green Schools
In 2016-2017, 24 schools reduced energy usage by 6,995,076 kWh:
= equals $874,385 savings
= enough energy to run 726 homes for a year
= 4,916 metric tons of carbon
= carbon sequestered in 127,403 tree seedlings growing for 10 years*