• 21st Century Schools  

    Each school undergoing renovation and/or new construction as part of the 21st Century School Buildings Plan will need to achieve the LEED Silver green building standard.  We invite you to join the discussion of designing and operating schools to be green and sustainable.  For more information, contact Joanna Pi-Sunyer, green schools coordinator. 

    • Increase knowledge about sustainability, its relationship to student health and outcomes, and its impact on school design and operations
    • Understand and own the sustainability sections of the Educational Specifications and the Design Standards
    • Advocate for design and operations practices that support sustainability and environmental education
    • Develop a green culture and constituency
    • Make specific recommendations to each school-based design team
    • Learn about the MAEOE Green School Awards Program (the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education) 
    Presentations, Flyers and Images

    Teacher stipends for Green School Awards program

    To encourage schools to apply to the MAEOE Green Schools Award program, the Baltimore Community Foundation is offering stipends to teachers at schools undergoing modernization who lead the application effort. 

    The award is rigorous and generally takes two years to earn.  Ideally, all schools newly renovated or built new will be MAEOE-certified by the end of their first year of operations.  While some schools undergoing modernization are already MAEOE-certified and/or have received Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grants from the City’s Office of Sustainability, City Schools seeks to engage a teacher at every school in earning the Green School Award.  The work must begin now to build the green culture at schools and to begin or to solidify practices that will carry into the new building, such as recycling and environmental education. See examples of recent successful City Schools applications to MAEOE.

    Stipends will be paid as follows:
    • $750 per year for up to two years for one teacher or divided between two teachers
    • Teacher(s) selected by the school principal
    • Annual payment made in one lump sum upon signing of a letter of agreement
    • At the end of the first year, the teacher will submit to the Green Schools Coordinator a draft MAEOE application, demonstrating the successful completion of at least four items required by the application
    • If the first year is successful, the teacher(s) may apply for a second stipend the following year, with the goal of submitting a full MAEOE application at the end of the year
    Additional Resources
    To learn more about green schools, take a look at these websites and documents: