In a press release on December 5, 2011, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced that they are joining the new, National Green Ribbon Schools Program launched recently by the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, MSDE is begun a statewide search for outstanding environmental schools. Maryland currently has 398 certified MAEOE Green Schools and 32 Green Centers. These schools and centers have achieved recognition by using the environment as a context for learning, demonstrating best management practices and by establishing partnerships with community partners. The recent press release quoted Maryland as having “developed a national reputation as an environmental education leader.” MSDE plans to release applications for schools to receive National Recognition through this program in mid-December and the application deadline is February 27, 2012. MSDE will nominate up to four schools to the U.S. Department of Education for Green Ribbon Recognition. At least one nominee will be from a public school with at least a 40 percent economically disadvantaged population, and at least one will be a private school. Honorees will be announced next April.
To read the full press release: http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/pressrelease_details/2011_12_05.htm