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Youth Climate Education
Check out the new series of interactive slides on youth climate education

Check out the interactive slides on energy and transportation.

Peer Outreach With Energy Resources (P.O.W.E.R) is a yearlong high school internship program empowering students to educate their community on energy savings. P.O.W.E.R equips interns with knowledge about energy usage and local resources, hands-on experience with energy monitoring tools, and the communication skills needed to share their findings with their community. Throughout the program, students will practice public speaking and storytelling, create educational media for digital platforms, and develop presentations for the summer Energy Express presentations at the Montgomery County public libraries. P.O.W.E.R runs from November through July with weekly trainings on Zoom, and applications open every year in October. Visit https://powermontgomery.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Student Service Learning (SSL):  Looking for ways to find SSL opportunities?  Look no further, click here to search for Environmental MCPS SSL opportunities.

Montgomery County Government Climate Internship (Remote) Summer 2022:  Montgomery County is seeking climate interns to participate in the County’s climate team. This is a competitive internship for qualified students and recent graduates with diverse backgrounds who have strong experience, education, or interest, in climate, sustainability, racial equity, and clean and renewable energy policy.  This is a paid internship ($15/hour). The internship will be conducted fully remotely (teleworking). For details, click here

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Maryland Green School professional development sessions!  Free, 45-minute sessions via Zoom provided by Audubon Naturalist Society, a Maryland Green Center.  The sessions are designed to support Maryland Green Schools, K-8 teachers.  Certificates for Maryland Green School applications will be provided.  All sessions are on Thursdays from 4:15-5:00 pm.  Click here to sign up! 

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. The challenge is organized by Recycle Leaders in partnership with Audubon Naturalist Society. Register here or Learn more. Contact: info@recycleleaders.com 

Simple steps to starting a school-based Sustainability Team

Classroom Sustainability Activities:  Three Green Things

Free Professional Development Sessions for Maryland Green Schools Certification

How to become an Energy Star Educator

Energy Exploration activities from Montgomery County Energy Connection

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Environmental Sustainability Student Town Hall held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 was a huge success!  Over 300 students joined the town hall meeting and many more joined on YouTube to learn about proposed MCPS Sustainability Policy and the tremendous work that MCPS is doing to ensure environmental sustainability and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).  Many of the questions from raised by the students on facilities operations and green features in school buildings, environmental education, electric school buses and efficient transportation, and reducing food waste were answered by MCPS staff.  If you missed the event, click here to view on YouTube. 

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) held its first-ever Youth Climate Summit on March 5, 2022. The idea for this summit developed after MCPS recognized increased student interest in climate action.  This summit was a huge success.  For more information on how you can be involved, please click here.

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. 

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). 

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