• Completed Actions
    • In Washington, D.C., the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and Environmental Education Consortium have informed the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission of the Chesapeake Bay Program's sustainable school goals.
    • In Virginia, the Department of Education has asked experts, stakeholders, and state and federal agencies to suggest tools, resources, training opportunities and other assistance to help schools implement sustainable school programs.
  • Watershed-Wide Actions

    Ongoing

    • Providing grant funding to support sustainable school capacity building efforts.
  • Actions in Delaware
    • Coordinating the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program at the state level for individual and district awards. (Ongoing)
    • Increasing the emphasis that the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition places on healthy lifestyles. (December 2016)
    • Identifying, cataloging and sharing best management practices related to sustainable schools. (December 2017)
  • Actions in the District of Columbia
    • Creating an incremental system to help schools move toward U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools certification. (July 2016)
    • Designing a training program to provide tours of sustainable school buildings. (December 2016)
    • Convening university partners to determine how connections can help schools move their sustainability efforts forward. (December 2016)
  • Actions in Maryland
    • Supporting involvement in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program and encouraging all schools to become Maryland Green Schools. (Ongoing)
    • Developing and adopting a framework based on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program to inform the development of school system sustainability plans. (Ongoing)
    • Encouraging and supporting the establishment of school system sustainability plans. (Ongoing)
    • Publishing the Maryland School Grounds for Learning website to increase the development, installation and maintenance of nature-based outdoor learning areas on school grounds and facilitate the integration of these areas into the curriculum. (Ongoing)
    • Conducting an audit of existing regulations related to healthy school environments to include in a framework for school system sustainability. (December 2016)
    • Engaging a wide range of experts in the planning and implementation of sustainable school practices. (December 2016)
    • Recommending policies and existing funding sources to establish outdoor classrooms. (October 2017)
  • Actions in Pennsylvania
    • Promoting the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program and conducting a Green Ribbon Schools event. (Ongoing)
    • Promoting Eco-Schools USA as a statewide sustainable school framework. (Ongoing)
    • Promoting funding opportunities for sustainable school programs and related best management practices. (Ongoing)
    • Strengthening partnerships between school districts and providers of sustainable school programs. (Ongoing)
    • Facilitating the development of collaborative approaches toward sustainable school program implementation. (Ongoing)
    • Determining needs and identifying barriers against participation in sustainable school programs. (Ongoing)
    • Providing technical assistance and resources to fund and implement sustainable school programs. (Ongoing)
    • Determining needs and identifying barriers against participation in professional development programs. (Ongoing)
    • Providing workshops, training and other assistance to teachers, school administrators and building managers in the implementation of sustainable school programs. (Ongoing)
    • Promoting professional development on the implementation of Science, Technology and Engineering and Environment and Ecology standards. (Ongoing)
    • Providing technical assistance, best practices and templates to strengthen school wellness policies around nutrition and physical activity. (Ongoing)
    • Managing school buildings and grounds as models of sustainability and using sustainable school best management practices to make more buildings and grounds eligible for sustainable school certification. (Ongoing)
    • Incorporating school buildings and gardens into school curriculum as teaching tools. (Ongoing)
    • Establishing partnerships with parks and recreation agencies and providers to provide environmental learning opportunities through outdoor recreation. (Ongoing)
  • Actions in Virginia
    • Coordinating the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program at the state level for individual and district awards. (Ongoing)
    • Supporting Virginia’s existing Green Schools programs. (Ongoing)
    • Increasing the number of schools recognized through the Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program. (Ongoing)
    • Improving schoolyard habitats through the operation of the Schoolyard Habitat Program and the promotion of native plants. (Ongoing)
    • Identifying Centers for Environmental Education Excellence that could provide educational opportunities. (December 2015)
    • Developing an email distribution list to encourage the dissemination of information about sustainable schools and related practices. (December 2016)
    • Updating the Playground and Outdoor Learning Publication. (Spring 2017)
  • Actions in West Virginia
    • Using Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) to promote Sustainable Schools. (Ongoing)
    • Reporting on voluntary participation in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program and the West Virginia Sustainable Schools program. (Ongoing)