Northwest High School has been nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the National Green Ribbon Schools Award. The Germantown school was one of two schools nominated by MSDE.
The Green Ribbon Schools Award program 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.
Northwest High School has an active School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program that works to reduce the school’s energy consumption and increase recycling. Staff provide an integrated approach to learning by including environmental issues within the curriculum across all grade levels and core subjects. Students organize green activities in the school and the community throughout the year.
The other 2015 Green Ribbon School nominee is J. C. Park Elementary School in Charles County.
Four Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have received the national Green Ribbon Schools Award since its inception in 2012: Travilah Elementary School in 2014, Cedar Grove and Summit Hall elementary schools in 2013, and Francis Scott Key Middle School in 2012. MCPS also was selected as the recipient of the District Sustainability Award in 2013, which recognizes school systems that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainability.
MCPS has a comprehensive districtwide program to reduce the environmental footprint of its facilities, including recycling initiatives, energy conservation efforts and a commitment to green construction practices.
The Green Ribbon School winners will be announced by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on April 22, 2015. Maryland recipients will be recognized during the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education on May 29, 2015 at Sandy State Park in Anne Arundel County.
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School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) Program
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