Green Schools Network

  • The Baltimore City Green Schools Network began in 2010 and consists of students, 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.
     
    The Network supports efforts at individual schools, and throughout the district. Examples include: 

    • City Schools is training and providing materials for science teachers to teach valuable environmental lessons: in biology, students are conducting a watershed investigation, and in 5th grade, students are assessing their schoolyard as it relates to the Chesapeake Bay.

    • National Park Service and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks are hosting 4th grade students through the Every Kid in a Park program; students are visiting one of three sites for a cultural, historical, and ecological experience.

    • Baltimore's Office of Sustainability provides dozens of small grants each year for student-led greening projects at schools, and pays high school interns to be environmental leaders. 

    • The Responsible Purchasing Network has provided valuable technical and procurement information for City Schools’ Cleaning for Health program, whereby the district is switching to safer, less toxic cleaning products.  

    Support for the Green Schools Network and greening at City Schools has come from myriad funders including: Baltimore Community Foundation and several funds (including Bonsal Family Fund, Mimi Cooper Fund, and Margaret O. Cromwell Family Fund), Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation (an Exelon Company), Enterprise, Maryland Fund for the Environment, National Park Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation, The Fund for Change, and Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund.

    For more information, contact the Green Schools Coordinator.