At this juncture, PGCPS does not have a specific energy or climate change policy in place. Given that PGCPS needs to have and implement such policies in order to meet the climate goals necessary to stave off the worst of climate change, ensure a healthy learning environment for students, and reduce operating costs, such a plan must be developed. Creation of a CCAP Focus Work Group will allow for decision makers, experts, and affected persons to collaborate on a plan that ensures that PGCPS meets climate targets, betters the health of the students and personnel, reduces costs, and shows that PGCPS is a leader in Maryland and throughout the nation. Inspired by student and parent leaders, the Board of Education approved the work group on March 2, 2021 after a year of planning with Climate Parents of Prince George’s County, Chispa Maryland and PGCPS administration.
The plan will also educate and influence the primary funders of PGCPS, the Maryland General Assembly and Prince George’s County Council.
PGCPS is one of the twenty largest school systems in the nation with approximately 136,000 students and an annual budget of $2.1 billion. PGCPS manages 207 educational facilities, plus many other administrative facilities, and has approximately 19,000 employees. As of May 2021, 131 of the schools in the systems have been certified under the Green School program. These traits give PGCPS a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference in terms of the climate impact it has as it undertakes its mission to educate the large diverse student body in Prince George’s County.