Prince George’s County Public Schools approved an ambitious climate change action plan to lower the school system’s carbon footprint and incorporate climate education into school curriculum. In total, the plan includes 58 recommendations stemming from a work group of diverse stakeholders.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education voted unanimously at its April 28 meeting to approve of a comprehensive plan and set of recommendations on how the school system can best help combat the impacts of climate change.
County Process and Climate Change Work
The recommendations come from the Climate Change Action Plan Focus Work Group (CCAP Focus Work Group), established in March 2021 after Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students urged the board to take swift and meaningful action on climate change. At the same time, the county board passed a resolution to tackle climate change, which included commitments to the following goals:
- 100% Clean Sourced Electricity by 2030;
- 100% Clean Energy in all energy sectors, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and cooking, by 2040;
- 100% Zero Food Waste by 2030;
- 100% Clean Transportation, by 2040; and
- 100% Zero Landfill Waste by 2040.
The CCAP Focus Work Group is composed of 25 members including representatives of the board, students, school administration and leadership, industry leaders, and elected officials. It underwent an extensive, multi-step plan to develop the newly approved recommendations that included assessing the county’s current status in relation to climate change, a needs assessment and gap analysis, and stakeholder input.
- Explore the set of climate change priority recommendations and the work group’s process.
- Access the April 28 county board of education meeting agenda and materials.
- Learn more about Prince George’s County CCAP Focus Work Group and the actions it’s taken thus far.
- Read a Washington Post report on approved action plan.