Green Certification and Recognition

National District Sustainability Award 

US District Sustainability Award  

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees are nationally recognized as some of America's most successful educational institutions in reducing their environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective sustainability education.  MCPS is a 2013 District Sustainability Awardee, having earned this distinction for its systemwide efforts in the three areas detailed above.

National Green Ribbon School Award 

US Green Ribbon School Award

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  • reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  • provide effective environmental and sustainability education

Combined progress in ALL three of these areas, known as Pillars, serves as the basis for recognition.  In 2020, Oakland Terrace Elementary School received this prestigious award bringing to a total of eleven MCPS schools receiving the award since the inception of the program in 2012.  For complete list of MCPS awardees, please click here.

Maryland Green 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. As of 2022, ninety-one MCPS schools have voluntarily earned and maintained MAEOE Green School certification. Click here for a list of those schools.

Maryland Green Centers

The School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program and the Outdoor Environmental and Education Programs (OEEP) are certified Maryland Green Centers. The Maryland Green Center award represents the programs' commitment to the Maryland Green Schools Program and to supporting schools with environmental literacy implementation. Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) has recognized the green efforts that SERT and OEEP have taken to achieve this significant accomplishment.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. (Source: USGBC)

As of 2022, twenty-eight MCPS school buildings are LEED Gold certified and eight school buildings are LEED Silver certified.  Click here for a complete list of LEED certified MCPS schools and their level.