In 2010 and 2014, The Mount Washington School was named a Maryland Green School by the nationally recognized, Maryland Green Schools Award Program (MDGS). MDGS allows schools and their communities to evaluate their efforts in environmental sustainability. Participating schools, such as The Mount Washington School, empower youth to make changes to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability and foster environmental literacy. MDGS promotes school-wide pride in environmental activities, a structure for encouraging community partnerships, and visibility as a model for other schools and for the local neighborhood. The Mount Washington School has earned a Maryland Green School Flag and statewide and Baltimore City recognition as incentives and rewards in the program. To learn more about MDGS, visit http://maeoe.org/green-schools/.
We believe that working together as a community as a “green school” can be a unifying and energizing element in the education that we offer our students. Such an education can help children to understand and appreciate the natural world around them. It can foster critical thinking, active learning, healthy lifestyle choices, and environmental stewardship.
Why do we want to get “green”?
The responsibility for sustaining our world as a healthy environment for future generations rests with each individual.
One way to live up to this responsibility is through active participation in the Maryland Green School Program. When a school is Green School certified there are many benefits:
Site based environmental best practices create healthier work places for both students and teachers.
Emphasis on conservation means that green schools make good economic sense.
Green schools strengthen school-community engagement by fostering local business partnerships and encouraging local community service projects.
The development and strengthening of environmental curriculum that occurs in the process of “going green” re-invigorates teaching across the school. Good environmental education tends to be active, hands-on, meaningful, site-based, and cross-curricular.
Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge
The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC) is a pilot program through Baltimore City's Office of Sustainability and the Baltimore Community Foundation. Targeting eight distinct neighborhoods in Baltimore City, BNEC works with community organizations, local businesses, schools, and churches to help residents reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills. BNEC is challenging Baltimore City residents to reach the City's goal of 15% energy reduction by 2015.
BNEC will be conducting energy efficiency teach-ins in our science classes. This will be an exciting opportunity for the kids to learn about energy efficiency and the environment!
Agriculture and Nutrition Program
The Mount Washington School and the Mount Washington Whole Foods are partnering to establish a hands-on Agriculture and Nutrition Program. This partnership will allow our school to expand the Outdoor Classroom by building and maintaining a vegetable garden. Kids will have the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest, cook and eat the vegetables they grow. The children at Mount Washington will learn about science and nutrition, as well as how to be good stewards of the environment, as the school moves towards becoming a certified green school.
The Green Committee works with the school’s staff and students and their families to support and encourage the incorporation of environmental sustainability in the school’s policies and practices and to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Work includes composting, recycling initiatives, and the growth and maintenance of the school grounds gardens. The Green Committee also organizes student activities for Earth Day and Walk-To-School day. To participate in the Green Committee, contact the chair, Tavian Cardwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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