AWS Honored as a Maryland Green Center


We're officially a Maryland Green Center!
Now we can help the schools we work with to become Green Schools!

The Anacostia Watershed Society was one of seven environmental/outdoor centers to be newly certified as Maryland Green Centers at the Maryland Green School Awards Ceremony and Youth Summit on June 3rd at Sandy Point State Park. Certification of Maryland Green Centers is administered by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE).


The certificates we received for becoming a Maryland Green Center including one from Representative Chris Van Hollen and Senator Ben Cardin.

In order to receive certification as a Green Center AWS filled out an extensive application demonstrating environmental best management practices such as habitat restoration, responsible transportation, energy conservation and on-site stormwater management. 

  
Left: Office Administrator Simon bikes to work.  Right: Our Monarch Waystation sign.

  
Left: Director of Education Lee tends to the worms in our office vermiculture station. 
Right: Rain garden in our yard.

With this certification, AWS will now be able to help the schools that we work with become certified as Maryland Green Schools.  To achieve certification as a Maryland Green School, schools must show that they integrate the environment into all aspects of the school culture including professional development for teachers, environmental issues instruction across grades and subjects, modeling of best management practices inside and outside the school, community involvement, and of course, celebration.  Academically, Maryland Green Schools have been proven to outperform non-Maryland Green Schools in math and reading even when socio-economic factors are accounted for.

For more information about Maryland Green Centers or the Maryland Green School Program, please visit the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s website – www.maeoe.org.
 

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