TEAM BCPS Clean Green 15

Grants for Schools Who Work to Clean Up Their Community



SPECIAL NOTICE: The Team BCPS Clean Green 15: Litter Challenge is back and available for the current 2021-2022 school year.  Grants will again be awarded this year.  All clean-up entries can be submitted for this year’s challenge HERE.

BCPS, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, and the foundation appreciate participants’ hard work and dedication to keep the environment clean and safe.  Also appreciated is the support of the many BCPS educators, offices, and advocacy groups for their leadership to our students in supporting this challenge.  As a precaution and for the safety of participants, students, staff, and members of school communities should not be participating in any Clean Green 15 clean-ups until concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have passed.

Extending gratitude to each of you for your dedication and service to our students in Baltimore County.

As we work remotely, we are available to answer any questions or concerns. 


At the end of the 2013-2014 school year Baltimore County Public Schools partnered with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) to host Team BCPS Clean Green:  15 Litter Challenge.

Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. Community groups could include school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sports teams, businesses or other organizations, and environmental organizations and others that wish to help clean up their community. Groups were asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website.

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Review and award of projects conducted by the schools were based on the school communities participating and recording the most 15-minute litter clean-ups, including all sorts of groups who choose to designate a particular school to receive credit.

As a grant recipient, projects must address an identified environment within their school community that is aligned with Baltimore County Public Schools goals for academics and key actions as stated in the BCPS The Compass: Our Pathway to the Excellence and the School Progress Plans.  The project must have clear measurable objectives, overall impact and potential for successful implementation.  Grant implementation must be conducted and supervised by BCPS professional personnel who works directly with students, including teachers, school counselors, media specialist, nurses, etc. Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with BCPS goals for academics, strategic initiatives and key actions as stated in the BCPS The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence and the School Progress Plan. Funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources. The proposal should describe a quantitative and/or qualitative method to evaluate the success of the project. Funds may cover travel, participation in events/activities, consulting fees, and speaker honorariums. Funds may not cover personnel or any related expenses for BCPS staff.

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. solicits the community to obtain partnerships in order to award the winning schools funding to continue their efforts. The collaborative process educates our students and the school community about litter including our civic and community groups, to record the litter clean-ups and number of volunteers who participated.

Let us know how much you collected by filling our form.  We'll track the amount of trash collected as part of the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability's Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.    Share your results here.

A special thank you to our TEAM BCPS Clean Green 15 sponsors for supporting BCPS schools and Environmental Literacy!



The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools works in collaboration with Mrs. Ellen Kobler, Senior Advisor for Communications and Community Engagement, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.

Mrs. Ellen Kobler, Deputy Communications Director, Baltimore County Office of Communications

Baltimore County Government

Historic Courthouse

400 Washington Avenue

Towson, Maryland  21204

To support the continued growth and success of BCPS students and schools, please contribute to the school system through the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.

To acquire information pertaining to all grant opportunities contact:

Ms. Deborah S. Phelps, Executive Director –

Mrs. Laura Lemon, Associate Director-

Mrs. Cindy Whitcomb, Administrative Assistant –

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. Headquarters

105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite B-1
Towson, Maryland  21204

O:  443-809-8962




The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools are honored to be advocates for BCPS students and families and teachers and schools. We serve as the bridge between you who support our schools and those who work in and lead our schools.

When we speak of partners, we speak of you, our Education Champions, our Ambassadors.  Through your act of giving, you recognize our children as the future and want to help better prepare them to embrace the many challenges as well as experience the opportunities ahead.

Together we explore and discover new and innovative ways to prepare our students for the world. Together we witness the ever-changing benefits of being a community.

Visit Making an Impact to see results as we strive to accomplish our mission/vision/goals.

Thank you to our Team BCPS Excellence in Education Champions


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