(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Tom Ackerman, Vice President of Education for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following the announcement yesterday that the Howard County Public School System won a U.S. Department of Education District Sustainability Award. The award recognizes the school system's commitment to environmental education and environmentally-friendly practices.
"Congratulations to Howard County Public School System, a leader in environmental literacy. The school system is a model for our state, the Chesapeake region and now the whole country. The district has created a plan to engage students at all grade levels in environmental literacy investigations. Environmental education is integrated in the district's core curricula. Over and above that, the district is partnering with CBF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies to lead the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership. This is a ground-breaking cooperative program designed to address the Maryland state environmental literacy graduation requirement. The partnership fosters teacher professional learning and locally-adopted curriculum modules.
"We also applaud individual schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed that were recognized as Green Ribbons Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. They are models for environmental education for other schools and communities."