Completed Actions

  • In Washington, D.C., the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and Environmental Education Consortium and partners piloted the Capital LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Actions for our Future) program to recognize green, healthy, and sustainable schools in the District. Two schools that participated in the FY20 Capital LEAF pilot received US Green Ribbon Schools recognition in April 2021.
  • Maryland passed the Green Schools Act of 2019 with $1.5M a goal to increase the number of green schools in the State to 50%.

Watershed-wide Actions


  • Convene state-level sustainable school meetings to facilitate dialogue and increase intentional connections among people and programs to help schools engage in increasingly sophisticated sustainability efforts.
  • Identify, seek, and facilitate additional funding opportunities to support school sustainability efforts.
  • Collect successful program models and lessons learned and share among partner organizations to improve programs and increase collaboration.
  • Create a healthy learning environment through emergent and emergency preparedness response; using outdoor, on-site space.
  • Increase the number of facilities, health, and other related professionals engaged in state level sustainable school efforts to better inform and increase interdisciplinary healthy school components.
  • Connect with other Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and state working groups/networks to support implementation of best management practices at schools.
  • Support the development of school and division-level sustainability plans that outline program components and best practices. Share these plans with partners to encourage replication.
  • Collect and disseminate studies and information about sustainable schools’ awards programs, opportunities, and benefits, including cost savings, student health, and student achievement.
  • Support the installation of BMP projects on school grounds that are tied to educational components of curriculum.