GBHS Awarded Green School Status
In May 2009 Glen Burnie was awarded Green School Certification from MAEOE, The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Green School Certification acknowledges that GBHS is an environmentally conscientious school. According to the website, the goal of the certification process is to:
Recognize schools that use the school site, the community, and their curriculum and instruction to prepare students to understand and act on the current and future environmental challenges that face all citizens in the State of Maryland, and; to serve as a model for schools that wish to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The Green Schools Award Program recognizes Maryland schools that include environmental education in the curricula, model best management practices at the school, and address community environmental issues.
The scope of the application process is rigorous. It includes curriculum development that incorporates environmental lessons and activities, adopting best practices to reduce the environmental impacts at the school, and engaging the community to get the help needed and spread the influence of the work being done. As a recognized Maryland Green School, Glen Burnie High School is a highly visible model for other Anne Arundel County schools and the community as a whole. Students and staff have demonstrated how the environment can be integrated into the instructional program, how environmental best management practices can be employed in the building and on the school grounds and how local environmental issues can be explored through partnerships in the community.
As part of achieving this status, Glen Burnie was given certificates from the Maryland Board of Education, Governor Martin O'Malley, and County Executive John Leopold.
The Green School Committee
Members of the committee in charge of coordinating efforts are: