Two Howard County schools recently received their Maryland Green Schools certification from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Marriotts Ridge High School and Stevens Forest Elementary School were both first-time green schools, while Atholton, Centennial Lane, Deep Run, Forest Ridge, Hammond and Hollifield Station elementary schools, along with Glenwood Middle School, were all recertified.

All newly certified and recertified schools and centers were honored last week during the association’s annual Youth Summit at Sandy Point State Park.

Green School certification recognizes a school’s two-year effort to meet eight different criteria in regards to green activities and green culture. A school has the certification for four years, and must then be recertified. After being recertified three consecutive times, the school is considered a “model school” and no longer has to recertify.

Currently, there are 45 Maryland Green Schools in the Howard County Public School System.