Friday, August 21, 2009

New Green Schools Network Available

Ecoschools US, is a non-profit and independent advocacy network that promotes the greening of K-12 educational facilities and daycare centers.

The organization’s website,, provides a new and integrated platform to exchange contacts, ideas and resources between green schools experts, advocates and school system employees. The site also features related news, presentations, events, training, sponsorship and grant opportunities. A special resources section provides videos, press articles and interviews.

There is no cost for membership in Ecoschools US, but application is subject to approval by the network. Approved members gain access to a faculty of renowned green schools experts offering presentations and free consultations on the subject of sustainable school design, operations and education.

The Ecoschools network was founded recently by Anja Caldwell, a LEED-certified architect trained in Germany, and an acclaimed expert in green building design and implementation for schools. She calls Ecoschools US an independent pollinator that is spreading green ideas and information “like a busy bee.” Ms. Caldwell recognizes that because of budget and schedule constraints, sustainability has not become a priority in the majority of American school districts.

It is believed that the independent Ecoschools network will make readily available the necessary tools and training desperately needed by school system decision-makers, facility managers, teachers and staff, thereby enabling them to move forward with sustainable design, while further demonstrating sustainable leadership, all without wasting valuable time and resources in an unnecessary learning curve.

For more information about the Ecoschools US network, contact Anja Caldwell, at 240.481.5779 or email To understand more about the goals, vision, and resources of Ecoschools US, or to apply for membership, visit the network website:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

River of Words Poetry & Art Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to announce the upcoming deadline of the River of Words International Poetry and Art Contest. Opened to students Grades K-12, the contest deadline is December 1, 2009. The theme is Watersheds. All Maryland entries will be entered in a State contest.

For River of Words’ Contest Rules and Guidelines, including information on where to send entries visit the River of Words website or contact Joann Wheeler, Maryland River of Words Coordinator 410-260-8809.

Click here to download a free Teacher’s Guide.

A free classroom poster and Teacher's Guide on CD may be obtained by contacting by emailing Joann Wheeler.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Call for Presentations: 2010 Maryland EE Conference

MAEOE 25th Annual Conference
Many Paths, One Destination: From Knowledge to Action
February 4-7, 2010
Rocky Gap Lodge – Flintstone, Maryland

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) invites you to submit an Application to Present for consideration for one or more of the following:
  • one of the 10 Friday workshops (3 or 6 hours in length)
  • one of the 50 Saturday sessions (50 minutes)
  • a Sunday Field Experience
MAEOE welcomes applications from professionals representing all levels of education, all content areas, specialists, and business and industry experts.

The annual MAEOE conference, the largest statewide environmental education conference and the only one of its kind in Maryland, brings together more than 600 educators from schools, local and state government agencies, environmental centers, businesses and organizations to develop strategies and skills to develop a citizenry that understands and is engaged in responsible environmental behavior.

Call for Presentation Deadline: September 4, 2009

More detailed information about MAEOE, the annual conference, or submission background is available at:

Click on the following link to submit your proposal: MAEOE.ORG/CONFERENCE.PHP

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Job Opening: Green Schools Award Program Coordinator

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), Maryland’s professional organization dedicated to building the capacity of educators to effectively create an environmentally literate citizenry, is seeking an energetic and creative individual to join our dynamic team as the Maryland Green School Awards Program Coordinator, working part-time (averaging 20-hours a week) to start immediately. The successful candidate will serve as the program director, public spokesperson, and will oversee all aspects of the program’s operations. The coordinator will report directly to the MAEOE Executive Director.

Click here to download the complete Position Description.