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Youth environmental coalition

Youth ECo's Mission:

The mission of the Youth Environmental Coalition (Youth ECo), a subcommittee of the Green Building Institute, is to develop a sustainable cycle of "Green" education for youth of all ages. Students, kindergarten through college age, will have the opportunity to work with mentors in the environment and sustainability field. Older students will then serve as mentors for younger students as the program evolves. This expansion of the Green Building Institute will offer green education opportunities beyond the classroom that will then help raise environmental awareness and activism among the younger generation. 

Currently, Youth ECo is focused on helping to get raingardens at every school within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, starting with Maryland! They are starting with River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland and sharing the steps it takes to get there!

Learn more about the Youth ECo Rain Garden Initiative

Want to get involved and help spread the word about Youth ECo? 


     Upcoming 2012 Youth ECo Events:

River Hill High School Rain Garden Installation

April 14th and 15th 8:30 to 5:00 pm

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting and Celebration

April 20th 3:30 pm

     LOCATION: River Hill High School

             12101 Rt. 108
             Clarksville, MD 21029

      Youth ECo Planning Meeting

      April 10, 2012


      7:00 - 8:30pm
      7761 Waterloo Rd.
      Jessup, MD  20794
      Phone: (410) 313-7800
      TTY: (410) 313-7883



Youth ECo also has planning meetings onsite at the ENVIRO CENTER, 7761 Waterloo Road (Rte. 175), Jessup, MD. 


      Examples of Youth ECo Projects and Events:

      The Youth ECo Raingarden Installation at

Launched: 2010 for installation in Spring 2011
School:  River Hill High School in Columbia, MD.

      The Youth ECo Promise Tree Campaign

Launched: April 17, 2009

Promises to Date (4.17.2009): 83

Schools:  Ellicott Mills Middle School, Veterans Elementary School


      Save the Planet Day Rally

This event is presented by Youth ECo together with the Columbia Association, and is filled with

exciting environmental activities, events, and information for students of all ages. In previous events, there were free shredding events, crafts, games, and exhibits. The Rally features local teen bands, environmental vendors from all across the community, and collecting drives for old recyclable items such as cell phones and old denim.

Patapsco clean ups

Howard County GreenFest - April 14, 2012  10am - 4pm       Get Involved!

This free, family-friendly event focuses on alternative energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, and water reuse.  With over 95 vendors, other "green" themes will also be featured, such as green buildings, green consumer products, green landscaping, wildlife and environmental education, and children's activities.

Find out more:

Check us out on facebook!           

Questions or suggestions? Send an email to info@greenbuildinginstitute.org





(from left to right) GBI Board President Stanley Sersen, Howard County Executive Director Ken Ulman, and GBI Intern Allison Kotewicz,student founder of Youth ECo.