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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 decade, to be a "Green School" in Maryland meant to have received recognition from MAEOE for the integration of the environment throughout the curriculum and 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."

Becoming a Green School

Students, Teachers and Parents ... Interested in becoming a Green School?

Take a look at the application documents below and contact Margarita Rochow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions. You should also check out the MAEOE website:


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Green School Aplication Documents:

2013/2014 Green School Application Guide

How to: Create Your Own Online Application (MAEOE Website)


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