Cedar Grove Elementary School in Germantown and Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg have been nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education to receive the 2013 Green Ribbon Schools Award.
They are the only schools in Maryland to receive nominations in the program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, according to a statement from Montgomery County Public Schools.
The Green Ribbon Schools Award "recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement," according to the statement.
In 2012, Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring was one of only 72 Green Ribbon Schools nationwide.
The Department of Education created a new category this year for school systems, and MCPS received a nomination for a Green Ribbon District Award.
The winners will be announced by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on April 22.