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Sustainable Frederick County
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For Schools & Colleges
Sustainability & Schools
Frederick County schools and colleges are engaging in a variety of sustainability initiatives.
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Sustainability at School
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Oakdale High School was the recipient of a $500,000 Maryland Sunburst Initiative award to help defray the cost of installing solar photovoltaic panels on the school's roof. This project was organized by the County's Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and was installed in the spring of 2011.
There are 5 certified
Maryland Green Schools
in Frederick County: Thurmont Middle School (1999, 2004, 2008); Catoctin High School (2005); Walkersville Elementary School (2008); Walkersville High School (2008), and
Mother Seton School
The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
administers this statewide program.
The Frederick County Public School system is the first Maryland school district to adopt a goal to
increase the tree canopy
for its properties from 12 to 20% over the next 30 years. This project is in partnership with the Potomac Conservancy, a regional nonprofit organization.
in Middletown arranges tours of its facilities' green features. Rain gardens, a green roof, solar PV, and a Platinum LEED certified classroom building are just some of the initiatives at this school.
Mount St. Mary's University
has committed to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment.
Frederick Community College's newly opened Advanced Workforce Training Center (AWTC), the largest program of its kind in the state of Maryland, offers clean energy courses in several academic programs. LEED Certification is offered within the Construction Management AAS program and courses in Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal are presented through the Building Trades Technology AAS program. The college also hosts a website on sustainability
Frederick Community College's Sustainable Campus Initiative
Frederick County Public Schools have been participating in a
Schoolyard Habitat Program
for nearly a decade. April Wells is the coordinator of the program. She teaches part-time at Catoctin High School and works on the SYH for the remainder of her time.
Valley Elementary School
is an example of a Frederick County school in this program.
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