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April 21, 2010

Earth Day special: Schools "growing" greener - teachers paperless

Earth Day is one of those "learning" opportunities that comes around once a year, and schools and educators are taking full advantage of it.

Toward that end, Maryland Public Television is airing a documentary, "Growing Greener Schools," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (with a rebroadcast for early risers at 4 a.m. Friday).  The show looks at how environmentally oriented curriculums and green buildings are changing students, families and communities.  

The film treats this as a nationwide phenomenon, but features Patuxent Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, one of more than 260 public, private and parochial "green" schools in Maryland.  The film also quotes Bronwyn Mitchell (pictured at right), executive director of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, which has been promoting green learning since 1985.

For more on the documentary and the movement, check out the website Growing Greener Schools.  For those who'd rather watch it with a bunch of like-minded folks, there'll be a special showing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maryland University College Marriott Inn in College Park.  As seating there is limited, RSVPs are requested to

Meanwhile, more than 1,400 teachers worldwide - including more than 30 in Maryland - have pledged to go paperless on Earth Day. They'll neither make nor take assignments on paper that day. Tip of the hat to Shelly Blake-Plock, a high school teacher in Bel Air, for letting us know. You can read her blog post about it here and see the list of teachers here.

What's your school doing for Earth Day?  How 'green' is it the rest of the year?

(2008 photo of Envirothon, 2009 photo of Bronwyn Mitchell, by The Baltimore Sun's Barbara Haddock Taylor)

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

Contributor Christy Zuccarini has been blogging about the local DIY craft scene for a year for She brings her pespective on all things handmade to B'More Green, where she will highlight projects you can do yourself as well as crafters who are integrating sustainable methods and materials.

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