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Date: May 10, 2017

Thousands of Volunteers Removed Tons of Litter in 15-minute Clean-ups

At an awards ceremony this morning at Battle Monument School in Dundalk, students and staff were excited to learn that their school won the grand prize, a $3,000 environmental grant in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced that thirteen Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program that resulted in more than 4,900 volunteers picking up some 4,679 bags of litter in 359 litter clean-ups around the County over the past year.

Battle Monument students and staff celebrate their Clean Green 15 victoryCounty Executive Kamenetz encouraged the audience of students and faculty to think about where litter ends up. “The rain washes it into the storm drains, into our streams, and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay,” he said. “Litter not only looks bad in our neighborhoods, it also pollutes our waterways – and that’s bad for wildlife, fishermen, boaters and the environment.”

 

Clean Green 15 Results:Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools!

The 2017 program resulted in more than 4,900 volunteers picking up some 4,679 bags of litter in 359 litter clean-ups around the County over the past year.

In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County. Clean-ups included schoolchildren as well as community-based volunteer activity.

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge Winning Schools – 2017

Award

Prize

School

Grand Prize

$3,000 grant

Battle Monument School

1st Place ES

$1,500 grant

Reisterstown Elementary School

2nd Place ES

$500 grant

Grange Elementary School

1st Place MS

$1,500 grant

General John Stricker Middle School

2nd Place MS

$500 grant

Perry Hall Middle School

1st Place HS

$1,500 grant

Dulaney High School

2nd Place HS

$500 grant

Sparrows Point High School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Bear Creek Elementary School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Edgemere Elementary School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Milbrook Elementary School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Westowne Elementary School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Colgate Elementary School

Honorable

Mention

iPad

Charlesmont Elementary School

 

Clean Green 15 Now Underway for Next Year

In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, Kamenetz also announced that the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge is on for next year, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019 for consideration in next year’s awards. “We delighted to see the enthusiasm for the Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge,” Kamenetz said.

Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed from last May through this April to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. The program is open to any group, including school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations that wish to help clean up their community. Groups were asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website.

Clean Green Collaboration

Through the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy.  Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received iPads and participating schools will receive a tree to be planted in their schoolyard.  

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a great, practical way for our students to learn about the environment at the same time as they demonstrate their pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance.

This is the fourth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS), Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include Wheelabrator Technologies, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability and Tradepoint Atlantic.

“Litter is not just unsightly, it harms wildlife and our environment,” said Council Chair Tom Quirk. “What I like about Clean Green 15 is that it gets students involved so they can make a real difference and understand that it’s not okay to litter.”

Photos from today's awards ceremony are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHskZwWFBv Feel free to share!


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016