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Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” includes an in-depth interview with County Executive Johnny Olszewski, an overview of the County’s environmental health function and details on how you can join the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.  

Clean, Green and Litter-free – Find out how your group can make a difference in your community and help a local school win the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

Meet Johnny O – County Executive Johnny Olszewski discusses his top priorities, and plans for open transparent government.

What’s Up Doc? – Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch explores environmental health issues like the cleanliness of restaurants, public pools and more.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. 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., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


Thousands of Volunteers Collected Tons of Litter in 15-Minute Clean-ups

Baltimore County is a little bit cleaner and greener thanks to the efforts of school children and community members who participated in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Verletta White and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced this morning that twelve Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in thousands of volunteers participating in more than three hundred litter clean-ups around the County over the past year.

“We are just delighted with the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to this program from our students, teachers and groups in the community who take pride in helping to clean up our neighborhoods and keep litter out of our waterways and the environment,” Mohler said.

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effective, real-world way for our students to learn about the environment as they demonstrate pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

“The Clean Green 15 challenge is a great, hands-on way for students and community members to get involved and make a difference by putting litter in its place,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Clean Green 15 Results:

Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools!

The 2018 program resulted in 338 clean-ups conducted by 5,057 volunteers who picked up 3,471 bags of litter and debris. This is a 29% increase in volunteers over last 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.

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 technology prizes.  

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge 

Winning Schools—2018

Award

Prize

School

Grand Prize—Volunteers

$3,000 grant

Reisterstown Elementary School

Grand Prize—Weight

$3,000 grant

General John Stricker Middle School

Elementary Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School

Middle Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology

High Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Dulaney High School

Special Schools Prize

$1,500 grant

Battle Monument School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Bear Creek Elementary School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Edgemere Elementary School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Lansdowne High School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Milbrook Elementary School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Perry Hall Middle School

Honorable Mention

iPad

Stoneleigh Elementary School

2018 Sponsors:

BGE, Comcast, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Clean Green 15 is Underway for Next Year

In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, officials 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, 2018 through April 30, 2019 for consideration in next year’s awards.

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 are asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website and designate a school to receive credit.

Clean Green Collaboration

This is the fifth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration of Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include BGE, Comcast and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.


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 11, 2017