• Learning Green

    Sustainability & Greening

    What does it mean to be green? It means integrating environmental education across the curriculum, using school grounds as extended classrooms, operating our facilities in ways to conserve resources and minimize their environmental impact, and building partnerships with green-minded community organizations. Ultimately, it means raising our students to take care of the earth and their environment—and to be at the forefront of the global push to build a sustainable, green world.

    Across City Schools, green projects and programs take place daily. These pages aim to foster environmental awareness and practices among staff, students and schools - and to make Baltimore a cleaner, greener place to learn, work and live. You can read stories about green projects in our schools, find resources to help you start a green program, get tools for ongoing efforts like recycling, and see examples of successful green-school applications.

    Please also explore the Sustainability pages on the main district website, and contact Joanna Pi-Sunyer, Green Schools Coordinator, with questions or comments. 
    Current Efforts 
    • Partners - see this overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Environmental Literacy Model - NGSS and ELM that includes links to online workshops.

    • See the Greening and Sustainability Info Session presentation - Fall 2017

    • Summer 2018 professional development opportunities:
      • Watershed Investigation - for high school biology and environmental science teachers; June 20 and 21 at Carrie Murray Nature Center; paid $30/hour for the two days; receive support from NorthBay and MD Department of Natural Resources on leading two of your classes through the investigation and action project steps during the 2018-19 school year; receive all equipment except waders to complete future assesments on your own.
    • Each year, each school must designate a School Sustainability Ambassador who will coordinate sustainability, greening, and environmental activities as each school.  

    • Use these Toolkits to help you green your school:
        • Cleaning for Health Toolkit about environmentally-friendly products and practices to improve the health of students, staff and the environment. 
        • Recycling Toolkit includes a How-To Guide, signs, videos, ways to integrate recycling into the classroom and other resources. Start recycling your paper, cardboard, milk and juice cartons, glass, plastic and metal.  
        • Energy toolkit helps schools save energy and reduce pollution; see how much energy your school is using, learn about school competitions, and find out ways you can participate.
        • Gardening Toolkit helps beginner and experienced gardeners be successful in their efforts to get kids connected to plants, fruits and vegetables. 

    • Environmental education is happening in classrooms and on outdoor learning labs, via professional development opportunities for teachers, and in partnership with multiple public and private entities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.
    • Thirty-two schools have earned the Green Schools Award from the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education.  Look through their impressive electronic applications demonstrating all their hard work.

    • The 21st Century Buildings Plan integrates sustainability into the design and construction of schools being renovated or built new. See this booklet (designed to be printed on 11x17 paper) for ideas.  Please find ideas on forming a Green School Workgroup at your school to engage students, teachers, staff, parents and community members. 

    Green School Network e-blasts