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Four Maryland schools nominated for new Green Ribbon Schools Award

folgermckinseyesFour Maryland Schools have been nominated to the United States Department of Education to receive the Green Ribbon Schools Award for 2012.

Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Dunloggin Middle School in Howard County, Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County and the Lucy School in Frederick County were nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education for the inaugural year of the GRS award program. State education agencies in 33 states, in collaboration with the U.S Department of Education, are participating in the inaugural year of the GRS award program.

The Maryland State Department of Education received 15 completed applications from public and private schools and nominated the maximum number allowed based on the State’s student population.

“Maryland schools take seriously their commitment to environmental education and to practices that will strengthen our world for future generations,” said Interim State Superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky. “These four schools represent the great work going on throughout our state.”

All applications for the award are evaluated by a committee comprised of staff from state and national government agencies, state and regional environmental organizations, and private businesses.

Federal officials will recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce the winners of the award on April 23. Representatives from those schools will be invited to participate in the national awards ceremony on June 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Maryland nominees will also be recognized during the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) on June 1 at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County.

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