Francis Scott Key Middle School Named Green Ribbon School

4/24/2012 Francis Scott Key Middle School Named Green Ribbon School

Francis Scott Key Middle School has been selected as a recipient of the inaugural Green Ribbon School Award. The Silver Spring school is among a total of 78 winning schools from 29 states.

The Green Ribbon Schools award program, established in 2011, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.

"This award is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring that all of our schools and facilities are environmentally friendly and foster healthy and productive learning environments,” said Superintendent of Schools, Joshua P. Starr. “Congratulations to the staff and students of Key Middle School on receiving this distinguished award.”

In 2009, Key Middle School was the first middle school in Maryland and just the fourth in the country to achieve Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The modernization of Key Middle included many green construction practices, including the use of environmentally friendly building materials and the installation of solar photovoltaic panels to reduce energy costs.

MCPS has a comprehensive district-wide program to reduce the environmental footprint of its facilities, including recycling initiatives, energy conservation efforts and a commitment to green construction practices. Systemwide, MCPS has six LEED Gold Schools—Carderock Springs, Cashell, William B. Gibbs, Jr., Great Seneca Creek and Little Bennett elementary schools, and Francis Scott Key Middle School.

In 2011, MCPS recycled mandatory items at a rate of 43.3 percent. The school system also voluntarily recycles items not required by regulation, which raises the rate to 66.5 percent. Schools are required to recycle paper, commingled items, yard waste and scrap metal; many schools voluntarily recycle juice bags, pens and clothing, among other items. MCPS also recycles other items including batteries, toner, tires, light tubes, vegetable oil, motor oil, cell phones, wood and construction debris.

Representatives from the winning schools will participate in a national awards ceremony on June 3–4. The Maryland recipients will also be recognized during the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education on June 1, at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County.

Read the U.S. Department of Education Release  



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