Now hiring high school Youth Environmental Interns for 2016-2017! Details here.
In 2015, the Office of Sustainability took a new strategy for promoting youth environmental leadership, and hired three high school student interns to help us with our efforts. Read their blog here to find out what they’ve been up to!
The Student Environmental Leadership Team is a committee of the Baltimore Green Schools Network. Made up of students of all ages, and from all corners of the city, as well as parents, teachers, and other advocates, the committee seeks to make sure that youth voices are part of the conversation about Baltimore’s environment, especially when it comes to making our schools greener.
Who participates in Student Leadership?
While an average meeting has between 5 and 25 participants, over 100 people have attended our student leadership meetings since the group formed in 2011. Membership has included roughly equal numbers of youth and adults. Elementary, Middle, and High school students have all participated in the group, as well as homeschool students. Partner organizations with representatives in the group include City Schools, the Baltimore Energy Challenge, the Holistic Life Foundation, the Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Coalition, and many others.
In addition to this central team, more than a hundred schools around their city have their own student Green Teams that work on environmental issues within their schools.
What does the team do?
As a committee of the Baltimore Green Schools Network, our team’s original function was to provide input to City Schools about youth environmental concerns. The group has taken on a more general advocacy focus since then, including making presentations to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and the Baltimore City Commission on Sustainability, writing letters to the City Schools CEO, hosting volunteer days, and organizing the annual GreenScape celebration.