The John Carroll School Bel Air; St. Mary’s High School, Annapolis; and St. Clare School, Essex, have reached Green School status and were officially recognized at the statewide Green School awards ceremony May 31 in Catonsville.
The Maryland Green School awards program recognizes area schools that include environmental education in their curriculum to help address community environmental issues. Projects range from promoting electricity conservation to studying ecology in the area; from planting natural grass to recycling materials for art projects. The application process takes about two years. At the ceremony, schools received a recycling bin with various gifts, a Green School flag, citations and a tree to plant on school property donated by Tree-mendous Maryland.
“John Carroll has definitely become a greener place due to the newly created club, The Green Team,” said Heidi Weaver, a teacher who has taught environmental science and biology at the school for seven years. “The school and its body have become much more environmentally friendly … since the application process began.”
Schools interested in becoming a Maryland Green School should contact Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, 410-827-7145.