This article describes Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools initiative called the School Eco Response Team, through which each school in the district receives personalized guidelines for energy usage and is rewarded for achieving those goals each semester. The article also describes the Great Seneca Creek Elementary School, Maryland's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified elementary school. These initiatives demonstrate that what MCPS has done is involve its students in tasks that could have easily been assigned to building maintenance, but in so doing, the students have changed the whole culture of energy use throughout the district, providing them with lessons to last a lifetime.
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