Story by Miranda Alvarez
The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) recently named Chesapeake Conference’s Frederick (Md.) Adventist Academy (FAA) a Maryland Green School. The nationally recognized award honors the school’s efforts toward sustainability, the reduction of environmental impact and environmental literacy. The award acknowledges the various initiatives implemented by FAA since 2014, when the school began its intentional move toward a more eco-conscious culture.
Existing sustainability measures include: a student-led recycling project, garden beds, composting bins and an environmental curriculum. FAA plans to further their efforts by focusing on adding six raised garden beds and installing water bottle filling stations, while also continuing their tradition of Outdoor School, paperless newsletters and school-wide recycling.
FAA aims to attain the nationwide designation of “eco-school” within the next year. In all, the school hopes to maximize their efforts by encouraging students to address local environmental issues and instilling ideals that will last long after students leave the classroom.