Green Schools Network
The Baltimore City Green Schools Network began in 2010 and includes students, parents, administrators, staff and community partners - including individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies - all working together to increase green and sustainable practices and environmental education in City Schools. We welcome your interest in and support of our efforts to minimize the environmental impact of our buildings, educate school communities about the connections between daily actions and the environment, and empower our students to be leaders in creating a more sustainable city and society.For more information about the Green Schools Network, please contact the Operations Office at 410-642-4542.The Network includes efforts at both the district level and at the individual school level and include:
- Engaging students, teachers, and staff in greening projects- Training teachers on integrating environmental education into their classrooms- Supporting youth to become environmental leaders in their schools and communities- Reducing the impact of City Schools on the environment, and also saving money, through efforts such as conserving energy, using green cleaning products, and reducing our volume of solid waste.- Improving student and staff health and well-being by improving indoor air quality, increasing natural lighting, and better acousticsExamples of partnerships include:
- Chesapeake Bay Trust is supporting City Schools to develop traning and provide materials to biology and environmental science students to conduct a Watershed Investigation, and for 5th grade students to conduct a Schoolyard Assessment as part of their Save the Bay unit.
- National Park Service and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks arehosting 4th grade students as part of the Every Kid in a Park program, supported by the National Park Foundation. Students are visiting three sites for a cultural, historical, and ecological experience.
- National Aquarium in Baltimore's "What Lives in the Harbor?" program for 6th graders include making predictions, measuring water quality in the Inner Harbor, and testing hypotheses about what lives there, in partnership with NOAA's B-WET program.
- Baltimore's Office of Sustainability provides grants for student-led greening projects at schools, as does the Baltimore Energy Challenge for energy-related projects.