The Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board in coordination with the Howard County Conservancy is happy to announce the annual “Green Apple Award”. Each year, teachers throughout the county go above and beyond their daily tasks and responsibilities to increase student awareness to environmental issues. This award is designed to recognize and reward them. Awards will be presented in May 2024.

We are looking for teachers who are:

  • Creative and lead innovative project(s) that impact​ positive environmental change.
  • Exceeding expectations when incorporating environmental education into the classroom.
  • Dedicated to sustainability at school.
  • Innovative engagement during pandemic.


Congratulations to our previous Green Apple Awardees!

2023 winners: Lori Speelman from Hollifield Elementary School, Lisa Jones from Phelps Luck Elementary School & Stephanie Doodigian from Oakland Mills High School

2022 winners:  Suzanne Hughes from Reservoir High School & Susan Mako from Mount View Middle School


2021 winners:  Lauren Martinelli from Deep Run Elementary School & Rita Allan from Howard High School

2020 winners: Debbie Robbins from Guilford Elementary School & Jessica Kohout from Reservoir High School

2019 winners: Tara DiVenti from Swansfield Elementary & Jodi Duff from Long Reach High School



Selection Criteria:  To provide a better world for themselves and for future generations, our children must understand the concepts of sustainability.  The following criteria will be used for the selection:

  • Innovation of environmental education projects
  • Impact on students and environment
  • Levels of participation among various audiences

Eligibility: Open to all public and private schools, K-12.

Award: Instructional materials to help teachers connect students to nature.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by March 22 at 5 p.m. Email with questions.