Creating an avenue for students to join the climate movement through education and action in our local community.


MCPS students are equipped with the knowledge and tools to live more eco-friendly lives.

When & Where

Virtually on Saturday, March 5th, 2022

What is a
Youth Climate Summit?

At the MCPS Youth Climate Summit, high school students will learn about climate change on a personal level through plenary speakers and workshops that demonstrate actionable ways to engage in the climate movement. The Summit concludes with participants being mentored through the process of writing a climate action plan, a project outline they can implement in their school or community.

At the MCPS Youth Climate Summit, students can:

  • Hear the latest research-based, climate change science information, and learn the economic and ecological consequences of climate change
  • Learn strategies to respond & adapt to climate change in Montgomery County and in the process save their schools and communities money
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan to bring back to their school and community
  • Benefit through increased knowledge and development of leadership skills
  • Network with schools across Montgomery County to learn about successful climate action
  • Creative minds are encouraged!

Participate in the
MCPS Youth Climate Summit

We're excited for our 1st year of the MCPS Youth Climate Summit!

High School students from across MCPS will learn, connect and design action projects that will make a difference in their local community! The MCPS Youth Climate Summit is for high school students who are thinking critically about environmental issues and solutions in their own communities. No experience required. Creative minds are welcome!

How can you get involved?

There are three options

Are you looking for ways to make a difference?

Then participate on a school team (4 to 6 students per high school school) and attending the Summit on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 is the perfect option!

Are you already active in making change in your environment?
Already participating in or leading action projects?

Then sign up to be an Ambassador - you will help before, during and after the event, and gain valuable leadership skills.

Are you a member of a group actively responding to climate change impacts and/or environmental issues?

Consider signing your group up to lead a workshop or be an exhibitor during the event.

MCPS students who complete the Summit and related activities will be eligible for Student Service Learning hours. Requirements will be provided during planning sessions TBD. Please complete this Interest Form and we will connect with you soon.

Complete the Interest Form

Contact Dina Link with any questions

Be a Mentor

Who are Mentors?

Mentors are MCPS High School Staff with an interest in the environment and the ability to convene, organize and inspire!

What do Mentors Do?

Mentors support students by convening them to investigate a local environmental issue.

Before the summit, encourage your students to start thinking about local environmental issues that they care about. Have your students register for the summit so we know that they'll be attending and support them in attending relevant sessions - including a workshop session where students will be guided through the process of thinking about solutions and designing an action project.

Virtual Info Session for Mentors

Mentor training and support will be provided.

2021/2022 workshop information is coming soon.

If you're looking for professional development this summer around some of the issues that students are most interested in, check these virtual opportunities out:​

Need more information? Please contact Dina Link

Be a Speaker

Are you active in environmental education?
Are you a member of an organization leading in climate action?
Do you have expertise in an area that is helping individuals make new choices that will positively impact our local environment?

We are looking for engaging speakers, workshop leaders and exhibitors that will excite and educate our participants on how they can make a positive difference in their community.

Workshop strand ideas include:


Applying creative skills to advocate for climate action


Using innovation to slow/prevent climate change


Communicating climate science and action


Creating change through laws and gov’t initiatives

Student led workshops:


Communities of color and lower socioeconomic status are hardest hit by climate change. Students will learn about environmental justice.

Mental Health:

Climate change is an urgent issue, but it can also be daunting. Students will take part in mental health activities to decompress

Climate Action Planning:

Tips and strategies for students to address a local environmental issue and take steps to resolve/ spread awareness concerning the matter

Please contact Dina Link for more information on how you can join our event as an important program partner.

Event Details



Tentative Agenda:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Arrival & Check-in
  • 9:00 - 9:50 AM: Welcome & Keynote Speaker
  • 10:00 - 10:40 AM: Workshop Session 1 with Speaker
  • 10:50 - 11:30 AM: Workshop Session 2 with Activity
  • 11:30 - 12:20 PM: Lunch Break
  • 12:20 - 1:00 PM: Workshop Session 3 on Equity/Mental Health
  • 1:10 - 2:40 PM: Climate Action Planning Session
  • 2:50 - 3:35 PM: Closing & Optional Presentation of Draft Climate Action Plans

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Our Partners

The MCPS Youth Climate Summit would not be possible without the support of many. The MCPS Youth Climate Summit Steering Committee thanks our sponsors and the many organizations and MCPS teams that guide and support us in this journey.

This event was made possible through a generous grant from

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Climate Education Resources

Local climate-oriented groups

Bethesda Green Environmental Leaders

Group of high school juniors and seniors involved in sustainability writing & research, and environmental projects, and many more!

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Online education driven by MCPS high schools students to provide climate courses and curriculum for interested middle and high school students.

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Montgomery County Regional Environmental Affairs Taskforce

Raises awareness on environmental issues and pushes MCPS students to advocate for environmental affairs.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Conservation organization that engages in environmental education, advocacy, and the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Keep Montgomery County Clean and Green (KMCCG)

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation that strives to maintain our local community’s environment by educating people on littering, recycling, damage of property, and clean up projects; also involved the Adopt a Road and Adopt a Spot programs.

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(Peer Outreach with Energy Resources)

P.O.W.E.R (Peer Outreach with Energy Resources) is a group of MCPS high school students who create and deliver presentations at Montgomery County Public Libraries on energy efficiency and conservation.

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Montgomery Energy Connection

Montgomery Energy Connection is a network of county government and community partners that provide customized, community-level education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance

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