Sustainability & Schools

Sustainability Initiatives
Frederick County schools and colleges are engaging in a variety of sustainability initiatives. Download our fact sheet Sustainability at School for easy to implement projects and activities in your school!
  • 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 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 (2009). The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education administers this statewide program.
  • The Frederick County Public School System is the 1st 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.
  • The Lucy School 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.
  • 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.