Green Schools

City Schools strives to create buildings that are filled with natural light and clean air, are temperature controlled, have good sound quality and offer ample outdoor space, all while conserving resources and energy. 

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  • All City Schools that are built new or substantially renovated must be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard new window

  • City Schools encourages students, teachers and staff to pursue Green Schools Certification by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education new window. The rigorous certification addresses practices like recycling, staff professional development, environmental education and efforts with external partners. Read about schools that have won the MAEOE Green School Award.

  • As part of the 21st Century School Buildings Plan new window, educational specifications and design standards include goals and strategies for sustainable design, construction and operations

  • The district's comprehensive maintenance plan addresses how City Schools will maintain buildings so they are healthy, optimal places to learn and work. 

  • Students, teachers and staff are all involved in the three Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle. City Schools is reducing the amount of trash and increasing the amount of recycling collected. For more information, please contact the district's Facility Maintenance and Operations department.

  • City Schools' energy management plan helps monitor and reduce the amount of energy used.  

  • Students, teachers and staff spend hours each day inside schools, and City Schools is working to ensure the high quality of the air they breathe. The means focusing on heating and cooling systems, reducing mold and mildew, using green cleaning products and practicing integrated pest management (a method to use the fewest toxic chemicals possible to rid a school of pests). For more information, contact the Health and Safety department.

  • City Schools works with partners to make school grounds greener, more inviting places to play and learn. Even small outside areas can become outdoor classrooms that help students learn about the environment — and at the same time help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by preventing rain water from washing over paved surfaces directly into storm drains. For more information, contact the district's Facility Maintenance and Operations department.

For more information, contact the Green Schools Coordinator.

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