Green is high school's color
January 6, 2011
DUNDALK, MD — It was 2006 when Dundalk High School first earned the title of Maryland Green School and the certification process centered around one very special roof, according to the Dundalk Patch.
The Maryland Green School Awards Program is a unique approach to environmental learning that rewards schools for teaching about environmental issues while incorporating opportunities for professional development, community stewardship and implementation of environmental best practices, the article stated.
The 400-square-foot roof was covered with a special plant known as sedum, which grows bilaterally in just three inches of soil, the article noted.
According to the article, sedum is ideal for green roof design because of its ability to insulate: Temperature tests revealed that the green roof dramatically cools the trailer in the summer and keeps it warmer in the winter.
Impressive as the green roof is, it is only one aspect of the Maryland Green School certification application: Ken Hadfield, a technology teacher at Dundalk High who headed up the committee that worked to complete the Maryland Green School application back in 2006, reports that Dundalk High has recycling bins in every classroom, office and common area in the school, the article added.
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