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

Each year on November 15, millions of people from across the nation take part in America Recycles Day. It is also known as National Recycling Day, a national observance in the United States dedicated to promoting recycling across the nation. 

At Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), we recycle the four Montgomery County required streams-paper/cardboard, bottles and cans, scrap metal, yard waste, and nearly 20 other items that include small batteries, markers and pens, glue sticks, plastic bags, light bulbs, electronics and computers, automotive parts and fluids, building construction material, and other. 

How will you celebrate America Recycles Day?  For ideas on what you can do to reduce waste and improve recycling at your school, work, home, or your community, please visit:

MCPS Recycling & Waste Reduction  

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Drive-thru Recycling Event for Central Office Staff 

Do you have confidential letters and documents at home or work that need to be shredded?  Not sure what to do with small batteries, markers, pens, glue sticks, plastic grocery bags, incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs?  Bring them to MCPS' special recycling event:

    Date:   November 15, 2022

    Time:   10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Location:   45 West Gude Drive, West Parking Lot

Items accepted:    Paper for shredding, single-use batteries, markers, pens, glue sticks, plastic grocery bags, and incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

For more information or if you need assistance, please contact the Division of Sustainability and Compliance via email:  or call 240-314-1090.

Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Program

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is seeking up to 45 Montgomery County high school students to serve as “Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors.” The project-based learning program teaches teens leadership skills, outreach and engagement techniques to address traffic safety needs in their community. Applications are now being accepting. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 30.  For more details, click here.

MCPS Celebrates School Bus Electrification Project 

MCPS held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the country's single-largest deployment of electric school buses at Walter Johnson High School on Oct. 24. The use of electric buses will reduce fuel costs, as well as the school system's overall carbon footprint. The initiative is being implemented through a partnership with Highland Electric Fleets.  Read the press release.


Food Waste: Why is it a big deal? What actions have the most impact to reduce it? And what can I do?      

Preventing  food waste to begin is MUCH more powerful than composting to reduce GHG emissions, the waste of natural resources, and avoiding additional household and business expense to compost!  DMV Food Recovery Week , October 16-22, has free online webinars  addressing these questions and more! And in-person tours of restaurants innovating with food waste in the H Street Corridor, NE, DC, and of an urban farm featuring a closed-loop micro food system in downtown Silver Spring. Check out all the events and register here :   

Event sponsors are Manna Food Center's Community Food Rescue (CFR), DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG), Montgomery County Food Council and Prince George's County Food Equity Council .

New Website Links Climate Planning, Progress and Action