Laurel, MD September 09, 2022 – Chesapeake Math & IT Academy North was recognized by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for exceptional achievement in educating for sustainability, improving the environmental footprint of the school grounds, facility and curriculum. It is the 15th school so honored in Maryland, and the 5thin Prince George’s County (and the only one outstanding with continued certification) to receive the prestigious Green Flag, the Eco-Schools highest honor. With more than 5,500 schools in all 50 states, the Eco-Schools USA program is based on the commitment and work of student-driven teams dedicated to issues such as reducing waste and consumption, climate resiliency, and environmental justice using audits, action plans, and other educational resources.

“National Wildlife Federation and Eco-Schools USA are proud of the example set by CMIT North Academy in Maryland,” said Elizabeth Soper, Senior Director of K-12 Education Programs. “This award demonstrates not only a commitment to sustainability and environmental literacy for students and faculty, but as well, recognition by the school community that environment-based education supports and provides an effective approach to student learning and leadership.”

To receive the Green Flag, CMIT’s students and faculty tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action team; auditing environmental focus areas; and engaging and building community. These steps led to actions and projects, all designed to raise environmental awareness, connect students to the natural world, improve the schools environmental footprint, and increase student engagement, while saving money for the school.

Thank you all so much for your tremendous help with last year’s Green School projects! Without your diligence, hard work, late nights, and early mornings we wouldn’t have been able to have such a successful year. Looking forward to bigger and better things for Green School. Thanks for being such a great team!