EPA recognizes green schools program

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing a Maine program that involves students in monitoring and cutting back on their schools’ energy use.

The Maine Green Schools Program will receive an Environmental Merit Award from the EPA’s New England office at a ceremony at Boston’s Faneuil Hall on May 11.

The Maine Green Schools Program is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Quality and the non-profit Maine Energy Education Program.

The program works with school districts on vigilantly monitoring their buildings’ carbon footprints and implementing measures to cut back on energy use. The program also offers teachers grade-appropriate classroom activities related to building energy use.