The Division of Sustainability and Compliance

Our Mission

The Division of Sustainability and Compliance supports student success by elevating the school system’s approach to environmental stewardship and leading change to incorporate sustainable considerations in all decisions. Our work aims to ensure that healthy learning and working environments are equitably accessible across MCPS. We embrace our shared responsibility to build and operate facilities that contribute to the well-being of the school community, and the health of the planet.

Our Vision

MCPS will be at the forefront of environmental stewardship using innovation, partnerships, and creative thinking to inspire significant, positive, and meaningful contributions that will sustain resilient communities for current and future generations.

News & Updates

September 22, 2021-Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel; meaning ways to get around other than driving alone by car.  Commuter Connections hosts Car Free Day in the Washington, DC region to bring awareness to the benefits of travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and also telework for people who can work from home. Carpooling and vanpooling count too, we call that “car-lite” since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.

Voluntary Guidance and Resources: Increasing the Use of Your Outdoor Spaces. Read about the important guidance and resources for those interested in Increasing the Use of Outdoor Spaces on school sites for activities including lunch, recess, and learning.   

Montgomery County Climate Action Plan.  The County released it's Climate Action Plan on June 23.  It is Montgomery County's strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035.  The Climate Action Plan details the effects of a changing climate on Montgomery County, and details 86 actions and includes strategies to reduce GHG emissions and climate-related risks to the County's residents, businesses, and the built and natural environment.   MCPS students and staff participated in a number of workgroups in the creation of this plan and look forward to implementing the actions.  For more details, click here.

Montgomery County Climate Action Plan

MCPS Sustainability Symposium was held on May 26, 2021.  Over 125 students and staff participated in the first ever sustainability symposium. If you missed it, click on the links below to view slides, participants' responses to poll questions, breakout room comments, and frequently asked questions (FAQ). 

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Montgomery County's GreenFest 2021:  A month-long virtual celebration of Earth Month begins on April 1.  Click here to view all planned events. 

Virtual Climate Youth Town Hall:  Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Montgomery College hosted a Virtual Climate Youth Townhall on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. If you missed it, watch the recording of the event here

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