For twenty years here at MHMS, we’ve tried to be GREEN as possible. We started a recycling program the first year we opened (1997), spray painted Chesapeake Bay Run-Off outside on parking lot drains. In 2000 we partnered with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to conduct a ground-truthing survey of permeable and impermeable surfaces with GPS.
But now, we’re going to make it official!
This year, we’re working on getting GREEN School Certification. We’re working with the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) to fulfill several objectives. The team I’m working with is student-driven sustainability practices. “MAEOE encourages, engages, and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world.”
Here are 6 Easy Ways to Go GREEN at Your School!
1. Start a Student-Run Recycling Club
2. Participate in International Walk (or Bike!) to School Day
3. Recycle Newspapers & Magazines to Create Fabulous Art Projects
Take a look at the WWF Adoption program and raise money in the school to help save an endangered animal. For only $55 you can get an adoption kit that includes a plushy, a species card, adoption certificate, photo, and gift bag. Each grade or classroom can strive to adopt a different animal. You can display your animals in the classroom or in the Library Media Center!
6. Create a Birdhouse Habitat Around Your School & Playground