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Stylized Crab Image Calls Out Potential Risks to Food Sources

County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County’s anti-litter outreach campaign, "Litter Doesn't Stop Where it Drops", won a prestigious international award for its artistic imagery and clear messaging that highlights the connection between litter and its damaging effect on aquatic life, including the seafood that we eat. The ads, designed by the Towson advertising firm Pinnacle Communications Resource Company, ran on buses, trash cans, social media and other locations.

A crab that is also made up of trash like, a glass bottle, an old spoon and a cigarette butt. Also features the text litter doesn't stop where it drops, put litter in its place

“Litter is an unsightly issue in many of our neighborhoods and in our waterways,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We are reminding people that litter has long-term consequences that can be easily prevented by all of us being mindful of its effect on the environment by making simple changes to how we dispose of our trash and recyclables.”

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s “Litter Doesn’t Stop Where it Drops” ad campaign, which launched this spring, took Bronze in the international 2019 Summit Creative Awards. The awards series recognizes advertising worldwide and is considered the premier arbiter of creative excellence for small and medium advertising firms. The winning ad was selected from more than 4,500 submissions from 27 countries and was among only 11% of total entries that won an award.

The campaign (PDF) features a stylized photograph of a steamed Maryland blue crab with part of its body replaced with pieces of litter. The outreach campaign illustrates how litter can hit the ground and be carried away by wind or rain down the nearest storm drain and into streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Additional ads will be running in the upcoming months.


Schools Earned $18,000 in Environmental Literacy Grants and Technology Prizes

Some 5,000 students and community volunteers have made Baltimore County a cleaner and greener place by participating in this year’s Team Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, BCPS Superintendent Verletta White and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced this morning that 17 County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in 242 litter clean-ups that collected 2,400 bags of trash around the County this school year.

The Clean Green 15 winners.

At an awards ceremony yesterday morning at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School in Edgemere, County Executive Olszewski encouraged the audience of students and faculty to think about where litter ends up. “The wind and rain washes litter into the storm drains, which lead to 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 harmful to wildlife, fishermen, boaters and our environment.”

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a hands-on, simple way for our students to protect the environment as they express pride in their schools and their communities,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White.

Clean Green 15 Results

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

The County Executive high-fiving students.

The 2018 to 2019 school year program resulted in 242 clean-ups conducted by 4,955 volunteers who picked up 2,394 bags of litter and debris. The number of participating BCPS schools nearly doubled this year to include 37 schools. 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 for a total estimated weight of 31,837 pounds. Clean-ups were conducted by school groups as well as community-based volunteers.

Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups, competing 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.

Winning Schools for Year 2018 to 2019

As a result of this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to 11 top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Examples could include installing a reading or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received a Samsung Galaxy device.

Award Prize School
Grand Prize $3,000 grant Reisterstown Elementary School
High Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Dulaney High School
High Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
High Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Hereford High School
Middle Schools First Prize $2,000 grant General John Stricker Middle School
Middle Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Ridgely Middle School
Middle Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Loch Raven Academy
Elementary Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School
Elementary Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Bear Creek Elementary School
Elementary Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Grange Elementary School
Special School Prize $1,500 grant Battle Monument School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Charlesmont Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
device
Fullerton Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Lansdowne Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
device
Milbrook Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Perry Hall Middle School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Pleasant Plains Elementary School

Clean Green 15 is Underway for Next Year

In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, officials also kicked off the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge for the next school year, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, for consideration in next year’s awards.

This is the sixth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration between Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include BGE and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.


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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017