Oakland Terrace - A Certified Maryland Green School
Terrace Elementary School students, teachers and administrators have been hard
at work over the last few years "greening" the school. In June, 2019, we were re-certified as a by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) as a certified green school.
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
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.
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.