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Environmental Sustainability Updates


Maryland Green Schools in MCPS

Congratulations to the eight new schools (Eastern MS, Fairyland ES, Fallsmead ES, Flora Singer ES, Flower Hill ES, Gaithersburg MS, North Bethesda MS and Richie Park MS) who were certified as Maryland Green Schools this year, bringing the MCPS total to 96!  24 other schools also recertified.  Our goal is that we have 50% certified by 2024 and a long-term goal of 100 percent by 2035. These schools will be recognized at the MAEOE Youth Summit on May 18 at the Sandy Point State Park.  Volunteers are needed to help schools certify and recertify next year!

MCPS' Second Annual Youth Climate Summit

MCPS' second annual Youth Climate Summit took place on April 22 at Tilden Middle School.  This was the first in-person Youth Climate Summit, and was student led.  The summit was designed to educate MCPS students about climate change and equip them with the tools to create climate action projects in their communities.  

Rocky Hill Middle School's Enviromental Club

The Montgomery County Forestry Board and the County’s Tree Montgomery program worked closely with Rocky Hill Middle School’s environmental club to plant eight shade trees at the school. This planting was part of a larger effort to add 45 new shade trees around the school. Grant funding was provided through the Chesapeake Bay Trust from the State’s 5-Million Tree Initiative. The benefits of shade trees are far reaching and go well beyond the school boundaries. The students were planting for their future.  If interested in a tree planting project at your school, please email

Student Climate Action Council

Are you a MCPS student in grades 8-11 who is passionate about sustainability and combating climate change? Applications are now open for the inaugural Student Climate Action Council. This group will create the MCPS Climate Action Plan; advise the Board of Education and superintendent on sustainability/climate action; solicit, review and fund student sustainability projects in schools; and partner with schools and students to promote, support and empower sustainability initiatives.

The inaugural council will consist of 12 students. Apply here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.