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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

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Bear Creek Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Edgemere Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Lansdowne High School

Honorable Mention

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Milbrook Elementary School

Honorable Mention

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Perry Hall Middle School

Honorable Mention

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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.


To the men and women who serve

By Don Mohler, Baltimore County Executive

Every instinct tells us to run away from the fire, the crash, the broken body. Every instinct in our first responders says “rush to the emergency, we’re here to help.”

They spring into action when dispatch sends them to a burning building, an accident, a robbery or domestic disturbance. They spend long shifts gathering evidence, patrolling neighborhoods, and responding to 911 calls for medical emergencies.

All answer the call to serve in a way that is sometimes hard for others to understand. Why would they work holidays and late shifts, giving up time with their families to hold a stranger’s hand in an ambulance? Why would they rush toward possible danger? Why would they risk their lives for people they don’t know?

The answer is different for every police, fire, paramedic and 911 responder.

This September 11, we give special thanks to the men and women who rush to the emergency. They answer the call, and we are a better, safer community for their service.


Community Cheers as Mohler Cuts Ribbon on Replacement Span

The rain did not dampen the spirits in Woodlawn this morning as Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler celebrated the grand opening of a newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge that replaces the one used by generations of Woodlawn area residents.

“This footbridge is an important community connection, giving people easy access to the high school, library and shopping and we’re committed to providing resources like this that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” Mohler said.

The original bridge, built over a stream in 1973, served the community for more than 40 years until it was closed and removed in 2014 for structural and safety reasons. 

“This bridge means a lot to the Woodlawn community, especially the students who will use it to access Woodlawn High School and the library branch,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I appreciate the efforts of the County Executive and Department of Public Works to provide this modern footbridge that is wheelchair accessible and built to last for many decades.”

“Council Chairman Jones and I are always working closely together to help the people of Woodlawn and I am very pleased about the replacement of this pedestrian bridge because walkability is important to the community,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

The $400,000 bridge is designed to include a concrete deck and approach embankments which are compliant with ADA standards. (The original bridge was not compliant as it had steps.) The bridge is 60 feet in overall structural length and the deck is 6 feet 5 inches wide. It is an aluminum truss bridge with a reinforced concrete deck. The span sits on two concrete abutments and is covered with an attractive stained, brick-form, liner finish.

Photos of today’s event may be viewed on the County website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017