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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2010), the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership, including a focus on organizational sustainability. MCPS is only the sixth school system to receive this award and is the largest by far. In 2006, MCPS won Maryland's most prestigious award for performance excellence—the U.S. Senate Productivity Award for implementation of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, a management philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement in the constant pursuit of excellence. Thirty-nine MCPS schools are proud recipients of the National Blue Ribbon Award.
The U.S. Department of Education National Green Ribbon Schools Award began in the 2011–2012 school year. This award recognizes schools and districts, and institutions of higher learning education that reduced environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainable education. MCPS is a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardee, having earned this distinction for its systemwide efforts in the three areas detailed above. Additionally, eight MCPS schools have been proud recipients of this much-sought-after national recognition. Click here for a list of those schools.
The Maryland Green Schools Award Program, sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), is a nationally-recognized program that allows schools and their communities to evaluate their efforts in environmental sustainability. Participating schools encourage sustainability, foster environmental literacy, and empower students to make changes to reduce their environmental impact. Eighty-five MCPS schools have voluntarily earned and maintained MAEOE Green School certification. Click here for a list of those schools.
The School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program is a systemwide resource conservation program that promotes efficient and responsible resource use. Monetary incentives are awarded to schools based on energy conservation and recycling performance data and active school participation. Click here to find out how to use your SERT award funds.
Effective July 1, 2018, the recycling award structure has been revamped and the annual award has been discontinued. The new quarterly awards structure allows more schools to be rewarded for their recycling efforts. Click to see which schools earned annual recycling awards for the 2016–2017, 2015–2016, and 2014–2015 academic years.