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Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) Focus Work Group

How PGCPS is Taking Action on Climate Change

PGCPS Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) Eight Priority Recommendations: Taking Action for a Carbon Neutral Future (April 2022)

PGCPS Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP)

Eight Priority Recommendations: Taking Action for a Carbon Neutral Future

Full Plan

Executive Summary

Climate Change News

PGCPS Climate Change Action Plan Focus Work Group Public Survey Results (2021)

Climate Change Action Plan Focus Work Group Interim Report

Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education

Curriculum

Environmental, Agriculture, and Natural Resources

Overview

The Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the study of earth systems and the human impact on the environment. The course of study is built on obtaining a solid foundation of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Students successfully completing the programs of study are equipped to pursue areas of study in college and the expanding career fields related to environmental science.

Programs of Study

The Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Program currently features the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) with one pathway: Natural Resources. 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) - Natural Resources
The Natural Resources program  of study is composed of a four-course sequence that covers environmental, agricultural and natural resource issues and management. Students will engage in scientific inquiry related to local and regional environmental problems and issues in natural resources management. Recommended Electives: Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Environmental Issues
  • Program Duration: 3 Years
  • Beginning Grade Level: 10th
  • Program Location: Fairmont Heights*, High Point*, Gwynn Park*
*Boundary Students Only
Possible Majors
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Law and Public Policy
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Human Ecology
  • Agricultural Management
  • Environmental Urban Planning
  • Agroecology
  • Marine Ecology
Possible Careers
  • Agronomist
  • Greenhouse Supervisor
  • Soil Scientist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Forest Ranger
  • Urban Planner
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Food Product Developer
  • Agricultural Marketing Representative

 

Green School Program

The Maryland Green Schools program, sponsored by The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive Green School certification programs in the nation. It encourages educational opportunities, increases environmental awareness and promotes environmental stewardship practices for students at all grade levels. Through a non-competitive application process, schools must demonstrate their green activities and culture in eight criteria areas. Learn more about the Green School Program.

Geothermal Heat Pumps in Our Schools

A ground source heat pump (also geothermal heat pump) is type heating/cooling system for buildings that uses a heat pump to transfer heat to or from the ground, taking advantage of the relative constancy of temperatures of the earth through the seasons. Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) – or geothermal heat pump (GHP) as they are commonly termed in North America – are among the most energy-efficient technologies for providing HVAC and water heating using far less energy that can be achieved by burning a fuel in a boiler/furnace) or by use of resistive electric heaters.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, June 22). Ground source heat pump. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:59, June 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ground_source_heat_pump&oldid=1029900468

PGCPS Schools With Geothermal Heat Pumps

Rooftop Photovoltaic Power (Solar) Stations on Our Schools

A rooftop photovoltaic power station, or rooftop PV system, is a photovoltaic (PV) system that has its electricity-generating solar panels mounted on the rooftop of a residential or commercial building or structure.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, June 22). Rooftop photovoltaic power station. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:07, June 23, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rooftop_photovoltaic_power_station&oldid=1029852294

PGCPS Schools with Rooftop Photovoltaic Power (Solar) Station

Our Next Meeting

Our Past Meetings

February 17, 2022

Climate Change Action Plan Town Hall

December 1, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Storm Water and Land Management

November 17, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Bus and Transportation Electrification

November 3, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Electricity Procurement and Continuation of Building Discussion

October 20, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Building Construction, Maintenance, and Operations

October 6, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Materials and Waste Cycles / Food and Food Waste

May 19, 2021 Meeting

Topic: State & County Legislation and Funding

April 21, 2021 Meeting

Topic: Introductions, Intentions, Overview, Planning, PGCPS Structure