Co-Chair: Joshua E. Kurtz, Secretary of Natural Resources
Co-Chair: Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., Interim State Superintendent of Schools

Representing Department of Agriculture: Steven A. Connelly

Representing Department of the Environment: Serena C. McIlwain

Representing Maryland Department of Health: Kristi G. Pier

Representing Department of Planning: one vacancy

Representing Department of Transportation: Mark W. Crampton

Representing Maryland Higher Education Commission: one vacancy

Representing Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Thomas C. Ackerman; Karen K. Mullin.
Representing Chesapeake Bay Trust: Emily L. Stransky
Representing U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: one vacancy
Representing National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: Shannon Sprague
Representing National Aquarium: Andrew Walker
Representing Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation: Susanne Zilberfarb
Representing Alice Ferguson Foundation: one vacancy
Representing Audubon Maryland-DC: one vacancy
Representing Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education: Laura J. Collard
Representing Maryland Recreation & Parks Association: one vacancy
Representing National Wildlife Federation: Lindsey Walker

[photo, Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Maryland] Staff: vacancy
c/o Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-2, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 - 2397
(410) 260-8715

Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Maryland, August 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

[photo, Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, Maryland] Staff: Payton Hesse
c/o State Department of Education
Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0323

Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Annual Progress Report to Governor due Jan. 31. (Executive Order 01.01.2017.12)

In June 2017, the Project Green Classrooms Initiative was authorized by the General Assembly, replacing the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature (Executive Order 01.01.2017.12).

The Initiative is a renewal of Maryland's commitment both to environmental education, through environmental literacy programs, and to ensuring that Maryland youth experience, understand, and learn to conserve the natural environment. The Initiative is to mobilize resources to increase opportunities so young people may spend more time outdoors, in their communities and on public lands, enjoying play, outdoor recreation, scientific study, and learning. The Initiative also will provide advice and support in the implementation and tracking of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement goals and outcomes as they relate to environmental education.

Joining the Initiative are the Maryland Higher Education Commission and seven executive departments: Agriculture; Education; Environment; Health; Natural Resources; Planning; and Transportation. Other government agencies and nonprofit organizations participate in the Initiative as nonvoting advisory members. These include: Alice Ferguson Foundation; Audubon Maryland-DC; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education; Maryland Recreation and Parks Association; National Aquarium; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Wildlife Federation; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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