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Maryland Green Schools Certification  

The MCPS Board of Education, Policy ECA, Sustainability, sets a goal to increase the number of Maryland-certified Green schools. Montgomery County’s 2021 Climate Action Plan states, “MCPS has a target of 50% of its schools reaching certification as Maryland Green Schools within the next 3 years (2024) and a long-term goal of 100% by 2035.”

important dates and deadlines

  • Intent to apply due date: December 15, 2023
  • Early submission start date: December 16, 2023
  • Maryland Green School application due date: March 1, 2024
  • MDGS Youth Summit: May 30, 2024

About Maryland Green Schools

This program provides Pre-K to 12th-grade students with educational opportunities that:

  • empower them to make changes to reduce environmental impact, 
  • practice environmental stewardship, 
  • encourage sustainability, 
  • increase awareness of how our relationship with the environment ultimately impacts public health and society and fosters environmental literacy.

Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS) is a sustainable school program that is nationally recognized as having a significant impact on students and schools. The program aligns with the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards.  For more information, click here.

Certified MCPS Schools

As of 2023, ninety-six MCPS schools have voluntarily earned and maintained MAEOE Green School certification.  Click here for a list of those schools.

There are currently 642 Maryland Green Schools in the state.  Across Maryland, 36% of approximately 2,200 public and independent schools, serving approximately 430,000 Pre-K to Grade 12 students have achieved this recognition. 

How to become a MDGS school?

To become certified, schools submit a package documenting their efforts in curriculum/instruction, professional development, school engagement, and partnerships.

The MCPS Green Centers will provide support and resources for you to successfully submit your application. Email to request assistance. 

For a quick guide to the application process, click here or visit the MAEOE website for additional information and a step-by-step guide.  

Maryland Green Centers and Partners

The Division of Sustainability and Compliance, School Energy and Recycling Team (SERT) program and the Outdoor Environmental and Education Programs (OEEP) are two certified Maryland Green Centers at MCPS. The Maryland Green Center Award recognizes MCPS' commitment to the Maryland Green Schools Program and to supporting schools with environmental literacy implementation. 

To view a list of all Green Centers in Montgomery County, click here.

Examples of MDGS applications

Here are exemplars of successful applications in MCPS:

Ashburton Elementary School (Sustained Level Recertification)

Kensington Parkwood Elementary School (Recertification)

Silver Creek Middle School (New Certification)

Sligo Middle School (Recertification)

Thomas Wootton High School (New Certification)

Walt Whitman High School (New Certification)

Professional Development and Training Sessions

MCPS Maryland Green Centers and partners offer professional development and training sessions to assist you in achieving a Maryland Green School certification/recertification for your school.  Email to be added to the mailing list for periodic announcements of upcoming opportunities.  

You may also visit MAEOE directly to view a list of trainings, meetings, and sessions.

Grants and Stipends

The Division of Sustainability and Compliance offers three types of stipends that are available to staff leading sustainability programs and to increase participation in the Maryland Green School (MDGS) certification program.  These stipends are new in school year 2022-23, and replace incentive awards that were previously awarded to a limited number of schools.  The change is to acknowledge the admirable efforts of staff at all schools who are leading sustainability at their schools systemwide.  In accordance with MCPS practices, both MCEA and SEIU are eligible for these stipends.  Please complete and submit the linked google Stipend Request Form  as applicable to your school.

Four funding opportunities from MAEOE ranging from $250 to $2,500 that include teacher stipend for leading a Green Team, Student Action Grants, Transportation Grants, and Teacher Professional Development Grants.  To apply, click here

Need More Information?

Do you still have questions about the Maryland Green Schools certification/recertification?  Contact MCPS Maryland Green Centers (SERT and OEEP):


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