Baltimore County News
Program Records 25 Percent More Cleanups and 67 Percent More Volunteers than Last Year
At an awards ceremony this morning at Reisterstown Elementary School, students and staff were excited to learn that their litter cleanup efforts netted them one of two grand prizes, and a $3,000 environmental grant in the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Education Foundation of Baltimore County Executive Director Debbie Phelps announced that 14 Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program that resulted in more than 5,600 volunteers picking up some 3,100 bags of litter in more than 400 litter cleanups around the County. Kamenetz encouraged the audience of students and faculty to picture the amount of debris collected in these 15-minute litter cleanups. “Just for a second, try to imagine 3,100 bags of litter,” he said. “I’ll bet it would fill up this whole gymnasium! Think about how great it is that it got bagged up rather than ending up in our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.”
Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools
The 2016 program resulted in 406 cleanups conducted by 5,602 volunteers. This is up from 324 cleanups conducted by 3,356 volunteers, who picked up 3,456 bags of trash last year. This is a 25 percent increase in cleanups and a 67 percent increase in volunteer participation from last year.
In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations all around Baltimore County. Cleanups included schoolchildren organized by teachers during the school day as well as community-based activity.
Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge Winning Schools 2016
|Award||Prize||School||Number of Volunteers||Pounds of Litter|
|Grand Prize – Most Volunteers||$3,000 Grant||Reisterstown Elementary School||1,350||2,633|
|Grand Prize – Most Litter Collected||$3,000 Grant||Grange Elementary School||677||23,174|
|First Place Elementary School||$2,000 Grant||Westowne Elementary School||504||5,534|
|Second Place Elementary School|
Bear Creek Elementary School
First Place Middle School
Holabird Middle School
Second Place Middle School
Dundalk Middle School
First Place High School
Western Schools of Technology and Environmental Science
Second Place High School
Sparrows Point High School
Colgate Elementary School
Catonsville High School
Stemmers Run Middle School
Chapel Hill Elementary School*
|Vincent Farms Elementary School*|
Stoneleigh Elementary School
*Denotes a collaborative effort between schools.
Clean Green 15 Now Expanded to Run Year-Round
In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, Kamenetz also announced that the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge will now run year-round, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017, for consideration in next year’s awards. “We are delighted to see the enthusiasm for the Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge growing — with 25 percent more cleanups logged this year than last and 67 percent more volunteers recorded,” Kamenetz said.
Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed from last fall through this April to see which school communities could log the most cleanups. 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 to Tackle Trash in Neighborhoods and Waterways
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.
The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a positive hands-on way for our students to enhance their environmental literacy and demonstrate their pride in keeping their schools, neighborhoods and waterways clean and attractive,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance.
The challenge was a collaborative effort 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. Sponsors included BGE, Maryland Environmental Service and Tradepoint Atlantic.
”Congratulations to all of the students and community members who removed litter from our neighborhoods, waterways and schools,” said Council Chair Vicki Almond. “I believe that this program teaches students the importance of keeping Baltimore County clean and beautiful.”
Show Highlights Angel Park, Lead Paint and Waterway Protection
Angel Park –The County and the Perry Hall community are partnering to create a $1.5 million all-inclusive playground and amphitheater. Find out how you can help!
Clean Green Streams and Waterways – Learn about the County’s efforts on the front lines of protecting water quality and the Bay.
Home Built Before 1978? – Lead paint in older homes is an urgent threat to children and adults. Find out what to do to protect your family.
To view streaming video of the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
County Launches Program for this School Year
At an awards ceremony this morning at Bear Creek Elementary School in Dundalk, students and staff were excited to learn that their litter clean-up efforts netted them the grand prize, and a $3,000 environmental grant in the second year of the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) Superintendent Dallas Dance and Education Foundation of Baltimore County President Timmy Ruppersberger announced that seven Baltimore County public schools were winners in this campaign that resulted in more than 3,356 volunteers participating in more than 324 clean-ups around the County.
“We are very pleased with the way that schools have embraced this hands-on effort to remind students and adults in the community that litter is harmful and they can take a stand to directly help protect our waterways and their neighborhoods,” Kamenetz said. “We are expanding the timeframe of the program for this current school year to encourage litter clean-ups from the fall through the spring and engage even more people in this anti-litter initiative.”
Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed this past spring to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. Community groups could include 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.
“The Clean Green 15 challenge has really engaged Team BCPS and emphasized the importance of personal action to help ensure a clean environment,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “Congratulations to all the schools and students who really demonstrated their pride in beautifying their schools and communities.”
Clean Green 15 Results: Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools!
The 2015 program resulted in 324 clean-ups conducted by 3,356 volunteers who picked up 3,456 bags of trash plus many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations all around Baltimore County.
Clean Green 15 Winning Schools – 2015
# of Volunteers
Bear Creek Elementary School
1st Place ES
Charlesmont Elementary School
2nd Place ES
Reisterstown Elementary School
1st Place MS
Sparrows Point Middle School
2nd Place MS
Ridgely Middle School
1st Place HS
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
2nd Place HS
Chesapeake High School
Kicking Off this Year’s Expanded Clean Green 15 Initiative
Today’s awards ceremony also served as the kick-off for an expanded effort for the 2015-2016 school year. Timmy Ruppersberger, who is President of the Education Foundation for Baltimore County, announced that instead of just including springtime litter clean-ups, this year’s program begins on October 1 and will run through mid-April. This expanded timeframe is intended to increase participation and promote clean-ups year-round.
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. Second place schools from each level were awarded a web-enabled iPad.
The challenge was a collaborative effort 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. Sponsors included Maryland Environmental Service and Sparrows Point Terminal.
“I applaud the students and community members who went all out to help make a real difference in keeping litter out of our communities and waterways,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.
Revised April 6, 2016