Green Healthy Smart Challenge

2017/2018 School Year

The 2017/2018 application is now available! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis — the sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive funds. All applications must be in no later than November 3, 2017.

What is the Challenge?

The Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge is a grant program for student-led sustainability projects in Baltimore City Public Schools. Students must be a part of an organized green team that meets to complete their project.

Teams just starting to develop sustainability initiatives can apply for up to $1,000.

Teams that have successfully completed at least one Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge grant in the past and are planning on applying to the Maryland Green Schools program this year can apply for up to $1,500.

Teams at schools that are already Maryland Green Schools can apply for up to $2,500.

Support for the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge is generously provided by Constellation, an Exelon company. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore Energy Challenge, Baltimore Community Foundation, and Baltimore City Public Schools.

For Project Coordinators (right click and save these documents to your computer):

Questions? Contact Andrea Calderón at or 443-984-2725.


In 2010, the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge program provided grants to 16 Baltimore City public schools for projects focused on waste reduction, conservation, and greening. Projects were designed and led by “Green Teams” of students and adult helpers. Over the next several years, the program expanded into more areas, including energy, healthy food, and water.

As of 2016, approximately $409,000 has been distributed through the program to a total of 128 schools (nearly 70% of the 186 total schools in the district!), engaging thousands of students in making hands-on improvements to their schools and communities. 57 schools received grants in 2016, more than 3 times the number supported in the first year of the program. Projects completed through the Challenge have included a working wind turbine, a schoolyard chicken coop, a recycled fashion show, and just about anything else you can think of!


Learn more about some of the great work happening at our schools!

Snapshots of outstanding 2014/2015 grant projects

School Profiles