Becoming Green

"We have not inherited the earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children."

– James D. Nations

Mission Statement

We believe that working together as a community to become a "green school" can be a unifying and energizing element in the education that we offer our students. Such an education can help children to understand and appreciate the natural world around them. It can foster critical thinking, active learning, healthy lifestyle choices, and environmental stewardship.

In partnership with the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, MWES will be holding an Eco-Fair on Saturday, February 27th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This open house event will allow residents of Mount Washington and the rest of Baltimore to sign up for energy-saving services for their homes, while also learning about new technology, products and services that are out there to help reduce home energy use. You can download a flyer for more information

Why do we want to get "Green"?

The responsibility for sustaining our world as a healthy environment for future generations rests with each individual

One way to live up to this responsibility is through active participation in the Maryland Green School certification process. When a school works towards acquiring Green School certification there are many benefits:

  • Site based environmental best practices create healthier work places for both students and teachers.
  • Emphasis on conservation means that green schools make good economic sense.
  • Green schools strengthen school-community engagement by fostering local business partnerships and encouraging local community service projects.
  • The development and strengthening of environmental curriculum that occurs in the process of "going green" re-invigorates teaching across the school. Good environmental education tends to be active, hands-on, meaningful, site-based, and cross-curricular.

Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge

The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC) is a pilot program through Baltimore City’s Office of Sustainability and the Baltimore Community Foundation. Targeting eight distinct neighborhoods in Baltimore City, BNEC works with community organizations, local businesses, schools, and churches to help residents reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills. BNEC is challenging Baltimore City residents to reach the City’s goal of 15% energy reduction by 2015.

BNEC will be conducting energy efficiency teach-ins in our science classes. This will be an exciting opportunity for the kids to learn about energy efficiency and the environment!

Agriculture and Nutrition Program

The Mt. Washington Elementary School and the Mt. Washington Whole Foods are partnering to establish a hands-on Agriculture and Nutrition Program.

This partnership will allow our school to expand the Outdoor Classroom by building and maintaining a vegetable garden. Kids will have the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest, cook and eat the vegetables they grow.

The children at Mount Washington will learn about science and nutrition, as well as how to be good stewards of the environment, as the school moves towards becoming a certified green school.