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Stakeholder Interview Report School Recognition Programs and BMPs on School Grounds

This report presents findings on the implementation of BMPs on school grounds, the integration of BMPs in student and community learning, and the influence of sustainability recognition programs. Through a series of interviews of Sustainable/Green School Recognition programs (GSRP) and schools/school districts from the District of Columbia (DC) and each state in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, we found the implementation of BMPs varies quite significantly, affected by age of the school (building codes), location (individual initiatives) and size of school district (larger districts often have more resources such as funding, facility and sustainability personnel). Throughout the interview findings it is clear that many opportunities exist for schools and school districts to be an important partner in efforts to expand BMP implementation and adoption that would enhance environmental literacy and Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

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Chesapeake Bay Watershed 2019 Environmental Literacy Report: Results from Watershed ELIT Survey

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) was developed to monitor the capacity and progress of public school districts toward meting the environmental literacy goal stated in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement: Enable every student in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.

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