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 by 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 

 2022 MCPS Climate Youth Summit

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is planning to hold its first-ever Youth Climate Summit on March 5, 2022 at the Universities at Shady Grove. The idea for this summit developed after MCPS recognized increased student interest in climate action.

K-12 Teachers: Get credit, connect, and learn how to catalyze student-led climate action! Register by February 7  to “learn to lead by doing!” In this seriously fun online course, take the "Make the Most of Food @ Home Challenge" with other teachers in order to become prepared to lead the challenge for students. During the 4-week COVID-safe challenge, participating households measure a week's worth of discarded food and get inspired to take actions to improve nutrition, save money, and reduce food waste. Expect to save money, pick up healthier habits, and contribute to the #1 solution to global climate change in your own life! The challenge is organized by Recycle Leaders in partnership with Audubon Naturalist Society and informed by the EPA’s Food too Good too Waste Toolkit. Register @ $150 for the full course by Monday February 7, 2022 to attend the first meeting on February 8 at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT/5 PM MT/4 PM PT. To request sponsorship, register using the coupon code WAITLIST2022. Teachers will receive a certificate for (4) professional learning units upon completion. Register here or Learn more. Contact: 


Celebrate America Recycles Day!  On November 15th, the Montgomery County Public Schools, Division of Sustainability and Compliance presented a Fall Symposium to celebrate American Recycling day. Students, staff, and school-based Green teams learned about how MCPS contributes to the 4R's—"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink” system-wide, from recycling a small item such as a milk bottle in the cafeteria, to recycling up to 90% of a school building when it is demolished to build a new school, to the approximately 20 different items that MCPS recycles, in addition to the four required streams (paper/cardboard, commingle, yard waste, and scrap metal). Other new recycling initiatives, such as the partnership with Montgomery County's pilot food scrap composting program were also shared. A representative from Georgetown Paper Stock of Rockville presented on the journey the paper and cardboard recyclables take once they leave our schools until they reach the processing plant where they are made into new products. The attendees also learned that MCPS recycled 9,386,940 pounds of paper and cardboard in 2019 and how that reduces the negative impact on our environment. If you missed it, click to view the elementary schools and secondary schools presentations. 

Free Professional Development Sessions for schools seeking Maryland Green Schools certification.  Click here and go to Resources For Staff to learn more and register.  

Sustainability Policy.  On September 20, 2021 the Board's Fiscal Management Committee heard a presentation on the development of a sustainability policy that updates the existing Policy ECA, Energy Conservation.  You can see a presentation by the Division of Sustainability with the priorities and timeline for the development of the updated policy.  The video of the presentation is here, beginning at 1 hour 37 minutes.   

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 FY22 Climate Work Plan Quarter 1 updates.

If you missed a previous presentation or event, click here and scroll down to Archive of Events and Presentations to view.

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