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. Thirty-one schools have earned the Green School award from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education - see their wonderful on-line applications here. Many more schools are conducting green programs and activities in their classrooms. And over 100 schools have received grants from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability for student-led greening projects.
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.