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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

MCPS Youth Climate Summit

MCPS Youth Climate Summit

Over 250 students attended the second annual MCPS Youth Climate Summit that was held at Tilden Middle School on Earth Day. The student-led event was designed to educate MCPS students about climate change and equip them with the tools to create climate action projects and to take them back to their communities.The event featured speakers and workshops on climate change. Electric buses from the MCPS fleet were parked outside for demonstration.  If you missed it, click here to watch the video.

Energy Assistance Programs and Energy Savings


Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will offer staffed information tables to learn about energy assistance programs and energy saving resources on seven select days through April. The resource tables will be staffed by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Pepco. For more information, click here

Stipends and Grants
The Division of Sustainability and Compliance is pleased to offer three types of stipends to staff leading sustainability programs and to increase participation in the Maryland Green School (MDGS) certification program.  These stipends are new this year, and replace incentive awards that were previously awarded to a limited number of schools.  The change is to acknowledge the admirable efforts of staff at all schools who are leading sustainability at their schools systemwide.  In accordance with MCPS practices, both MCEA and SEIU are eligible for these stipends.  Please complete and submit the linked google Stipend Request Form as applicable to your school.

Four funding opportunities from  MAEOE  ranging from $250 to $2,500 that include teacher stipend for leading a Green Team, Student Action Grants, Transportation Grants, and Teacher Professional Development Grants.  To apply, click  here .

New Website Links Climate Planning, Progress and Action



Montgomery County has unveiled a new website about all aspects of the County's actions on climate change. The website brings the County's array of climate planning, progress and action under one, easy-to-navigate portal.
The web address is

Why Electrify Everything? 

Electrify Everything
Ever since October 1992, the country has been celebrating Energy Action Month - this year we are focusing all of our efforts on ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING!  Montgomery County has been a national leader in responding to the challenge of climate change.  Setting aggressive GHG emissions reduction targets, the County aims to reduce GHG by 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035.  The only way to tackle the impacts of climate change is to Electrify Everything. For more information, click here.

Professional Development Sessions

Professional development sessions are available for schools seeking Maryland Green Schools certification.  Click here and go to Resources For Staff to learn more and register.

Solar Decathlon includes high school students this year!

Solar Decathlon is excited to expand its impact to include high school students! In this new program, SD Pathways, teachers, and students will get a clean energy career talk with an interactive Q&A session at the end. The conversation will focus on high performance buildings, clean energy, educational paths, and possible careers. Sign up here!

MCPS Adopts Transformative Sustainability Policy 

On June 28, 2022, the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted a transformative sustainability policy. Titled  Policy ECA, Sustainability , the policy commits the school district to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035 compared to 2005 levels, in line with the County's Climate Action Plan. To achieve this, the policy centers environmental sustainability in every aspect of MCPS, from the type of energy powering school buildings to the depth of climate change education students receive in the classroom.  

"It's not just new construction, it's the way we think about transportation…it's the way we think about our athletic fields. We see emails about 'the grass [being] too long'. That will become the norm: restoring the public space to natural space as part of climate initiatives," explained Seth Adams, the Director of the Department of Facilities Management, at the  June 28th Board Business Meeting .  Click here to read the full article published in My Green Montgomery.  

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.

What Can I Do About Climate Change?


Climate Change_What can I do

What can my family, friends, and I do in our everyday lives to combat climate change and create a more resilient Montgomery County?  To learn more about Montgomery County Climate Action Plan, click here.
If you missed any previous presentations or events, click here and scroll down to Archive of Events and Presentations to view.

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