As SDC settled into being a newly formed sustainability consulting firm, greening k-12 schools became an emerging industry focus. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland led the way by launching its own Green Schools Focus program! Over two full days in July 2003, MCPS held its first eco-charrette to establish its priorities, emphasizing development of the environmental program for its first pilot green school, Great Seneca Creek Elementary. MCPS engaged SDC to co-facilitate this charrette, leading a break-out group around the role of healthy and sustainable materials. The work performed over these two days set the stage for SDC to provide MCPS green specifications and design guidelines, LEED and Green Globes project certifications, contractor training, and operations and maintenance plans over the course of many years – through the present day! See this MCPS-developed presentation capturing the first few years of their Green Schools Focus.