Earning the designation of a “Green School” awarded by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), is a lengthy process. Green Schools are those who develop an interdisciplinary educational program using the Chesapeake Bay as a living laboratory. The long-term goals of this project are to develop a continuous pipeline of teachers and students at the middle, high school and college levels who are able to collect field data and interpret the implications for the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Immaculate Heart of Mary seeks Green School designation
Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) is a small, Catholic elementary school with big plans to earn the Green School designation. They began the process in September 2008, filed the paperwork in March 2010 and hope to receive the results in June.
Over the past two years, students have participated in stream cleaning efforts, initiated paper collecting and recycling, plastic bottle recycling, campus beautification, habitat restoration, and energy and water conservation.
“It’s important for our students to learn that cleaning local streams is a big step in cleaning the Chesapeake Bay,” said faculty advisor Terri Archibald.
Students share her enthusiasm for the project. “I love helping out the environment. I don’t want the people who come after us to have to deal with the problems we’ve caused,” said IHM seventh grader Taylor Taff.
Notre Dame Prep begins process with electronics recycling event
This week faculty and staff at Notre Dame Preparatory School learned what it takes to become a Green School and were happy to know that they were well on their way.
Among the school’s Earth Week plans are and electronics recycling event on Friday, April 23, from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the lower level parking lot (815 Hampton Lane, Towson). Individuals can dispose of old computers, monitors, TVs, microwaves, cell phones or any other electronic devices taking up space in your home. In addition, they can shred old computer hard drives for secure disposal. For a small fee, ranging from $2-$20 per item, old electronic equipment will be disposed of in an environmentally sound and secure way. Cash or checks payable to NDP will be accepted.
In addition to an electronics recycling fundraiser, NDP’s Environmental Club is selling re-usable lunch bags logo designed by a student; and is participating in “March to a Million” cell phone recycling program.
A number of Baltimore area private schools have already earned the Green School designation including: Bryn Mawr, Catholic High, Gilman, Jemicy, McDonogh, Odyssey, Park, Roland Park Country, St. Paul’s School for Girls and St. James Academy.