Oakland Terrace - A Certified Maryland Green School 

Oakland Terrace Elementary School students, teachers and administrators have been hard at work over the last few years "greening" the school. In June, 2015, we were re-certified as a by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) as a certified green school. 

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Schoolyard Garden and Learning Lab

During the 2013-14 school year, students helped to design and install a courtyard garden and outdoor classroom located in the school's internal courtyard. Each fall, students participate in a Fall Harvest Festival. Throughout the year, the garden serves as an outdoor learning classroom where it provides a vehicle for creating enriching, project-based learning opportunities that are integrated within the curriculum.  As well, students learn about the natural world and their role as stewards of our planet. Projects have included songbird and pollinator garden, an edible garden for teaching "Salad Science," and other hands-on learning opportunities. 

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 

Our student activities include a trash and recycling monitoring system, in which each class ensures proper usage of trash receptacles and recycling bins inside the classroom, in the halls, cafeteria and multipurpose rooms, and throughout the school.  Our fourth grade students collect and prepare recyclables for pick up. 

Water conservation practices are also in place, including posting water conservation posters in bathrooms and throughout the school to remind the school community of ways to conserve water and why it is important.    

Energy Conservation 

The school has won multiple awards from SERT for reducing electricity usage in the building. Recently, we realized an energy savings of 42%.  This has been achieved through a variety of activities, including: establishing a student monitoring programs that have been implemented in all classrooms, in which designated students turn off unnecessary energy sources; increased use of natural light (“daylighting”) in classrooms; and posting of light switch labels that encourage conservation of electricity.  


 

 

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