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Green Schools

Green School Initiative in Calvert County

Green Schools are schools who have chosen to maintain a healthy environment that can support a successful learning environment while saving energy, valuable resources, and money.

The CCPS Green School drive has been pulsating through our schools since the inception of our CHESPAX Program. The certification of being a Green School was an opportunity that became available through a program run through the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education (MAEOE) in 1999. Since then, each of our K-12 schools have become a certified Green School. We are proud to say that CCPS is the only school district in Maryland where 100% of our K-12 schools are certified. Of those 24 schools, 11 of them have reached a sustainable status.

Green School Certification Process

The Green School Application is a process that requires the facilitation of a dedicated person or group of individuals with a passion to cultivate a green climate in their school. Our Green School coordinators must enlist a team at the staff and student level to ensure the application process is a success.

Once the application is complete, it is submitted to MAEOE where it is reviewed by three trained Green School leaders. The commitment and dedication involved is overwhelming and time consuming. There is no prize or monetary award to become green. Our motivation is teaching our students the importance of being a steward of our environment.

Green School Profiles

Contact Information

Sheila Stevens

Energy & Environmental Specialist

Going Green

Explore what's happening at our Green Schools
One of our terrapins raised by our 3rd graders.

One of our terrapins raised by our 3rd graders.

PHS Students plant trees with Dominion.

PHS Students plant trees with Dominion.

WHMS Green Team painted eight storm drains for their Green School recertification application.

WHMS Green Team painted eight storm drains for their Green School recertification application.

CMS 7th grade students get creative with their amphibian unit.

CMS 7th grade students get creative with their amphibian unit. Students had to publicly educate the school & community on the importance of protecting our native amphibians.

Calvert County Citizens Green Team member, Bob Boxwell, assisted DES with their storm drain stenciling.

Calvert County Citizens Green Team member, Bob Boxwell, assisted DES with their storm drain stenciling. The Functional Skills students painted five drains for the Green School sustainable application.

PPMS Principal and Green School Coordinator are presented an award for conserving energy.

PPMS Principal, Kelley Adams, and Green School Coordinator, Lisa Spencer, are presented an award by Energy & Environmental Specialist, Sheila Stevens, for conserving energy!

Student in a canoe during a SAV Field Trip.

Student in a canoe during a SAV Field Trip.

6th Graders signing.

6th Graders signing.

Two NHS students during a cleanup.

Two NHS students during a cleanup.

WHMS representing the CCPS Green School initiative at the Calvert County Expo.

WHMS representing the CCPS Green School initiative at the Calvert County Expo.

Group of students conducting a stream survey.

Group of students conducting a stream survey.

Student outdoors.

Student exploring outdoors.

Class at Flag Ponds.

Class at Flag Ponds.

Storm drain painting.

Storm drain painting.

Garden Group.

Garden Group.

HHS Green School display.

HHS Green School display.

Farm to Table.

Farm to Table.