In 1999, Hollywood Elementary and 33 other Maryland schools were the first to receive the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education's (MAEOE) Green School Award. This began what has become one of the best recognized and most imitated Green School programs in the nation.
But what is a green school? It depends on who you ask. For the past two decades, to be a "Green School" in Maryland has meant that a school has been recognized by MAEOE for the integration of the environment throughout the curriculum and for following sound environmental practices within the school. Today there are many competing "Green School" programs and awards with most reflecting the current concern with energy conservation and environmentally-sound building design. The MAEOE award stands above all others in both its rigor and its emphasis on incorporating environmental education throughout a student's educational experience. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education describes the Green School program as, "a holistic, integrated approach to authentic learning that incorporates local environmental issue investigation and professional development with environmental best management practices and community stewardship."
The Elms Environmental Education Center has been recognized as a Maryland Green Center by MAEOE. The Maryland Green Center Award is a way to recognize and honor a facility’s efforts in implementation of environmental education, best management practices and community engagement.
Our Current Green Schools
** Sustainable Bronze
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School (2009, 2013, 2017, 2021)
Chesapeake Public Charter School (2009, 2013, 2016, 2020)
Dynard Elementary School (2012 2017)
Evergreen Elementary School (2011, 2015)
George Washington Carver Elementary School (2011, 2015)
Hollywood Elementary School (1999, 2002, 2006, 2010*, 2022**)
Leonardtown Elementary School (2012, 2016)
Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022*)
Mechanicsville Elementary School (2011, 2015, 2019)
Oakville Elementary School (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018*)
Park Hall Elementary School (2013, 2017,2021)
Ridge Elementary School (2012, 2016,2022)
Spring Ridge Middle School (2011, 2015)
Town Creek Elementary (2018)
White Marsh Elementary School (2009, 2013, 2017,2021*)
Becoming a Green School
Students, Teachers and Parents... Interested in becoming a Green School?
As a Maryland Green Center, Elms EE Center offers a variety of supports to schools working towards achieving a Maryland Green Schools designation, including:
Materials & Resources