In case you missed it, the Climate Change Action Plan Focus Workgroup met on October 20 to discuss how the PGCPS new school construction process works, how the build Net Zero and its benefits, the current buildings in the PGCPS construction pipeline, and the challenges ahead.

We heard from special guests Reilly Loveland of the New Buildings Institute, Shawn Matlock, Director of Capital Programs, and Antoine Taylor, PGCPS Building Services Operations Supervisor.

 

The Prince George’s County Board of Education wants to know what parents, teachers, students, and residents think should be part of the school system’s climate action plan.  Include your thoughts on equity, education, jobs, buildings, transportation, grounds, food, and waste. This will be the last chance to provide feedback before the Focus Workgroup starts drafting a plan.  Fill Out The Survey by 10/31: http://bit.ly/pgcps-climate-survey

In case you missed it, the Climate Change Action Plan Focus Workgroup met on October 6 to discuss how the food production and distribution process works in PGCPS, the need for healthy, climate friendly food, composting pilot projects in PGCPS, the PGCPS recycling program, and the synthetic turf waste stream.

We heard from special guests Joan Shorter, Director of Food and Nutrition Services,  Sara Gillespie, Maintenance Technician for Recycling, Antoine Taylor, and Diana E. Conway, President, Safe Healthy Playing Fields Inc. and Kathleen Michaels, PhD, Advocate, Safe Healthy Playing Fields Inc..

On Thursday September 9, 2021 the Board of Education held a public hearing on the Draft 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  We provided testimony on the need for all buildings, including those that use Alternative Construction Financing (ACF), need to be LEED Gold and use geothermal heating.  A good number of members of the public also stressed the need for efficiency, healthy, green schools.  It was great public testimony and keep telling PGCPS we need 100% Clean Energy Schools.  You can also watch our testimony.

 

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At the PGCPS Board of Education Meeting on July 28 we provided the following testimony thanking the Board for their support of the work of the Climate Change Action Plan Focus Workgroup.

Chair Miller, Vice-chair Williams, and members of the Board I would like to thank you for this opportunity to address you this evening as the lead volunteer of Climate Parents of Prince George’s. 

I would like to thank you for extending the time frame for completion of the Climate Change Focus Workgroup and for adding these three students to the Workgroup. 

The Workgroup has been a huge success to date. In our fact finding we have learned of the importance of addressing equity and diversity in a final climate action plan and approaches for doing so. We have learned of how state and county legislation impacts climate planning for our schools and how we can affect it. We learned how to impact education of the climate in our curriculum. We also heard from the students directly, the students that need us to be successful. Next we will learn of how our climate plan will address staff and others in the unions. 

While we had hoped to complete this work in time for FY22 that unfortunately was too quick.  We do need to integrate our understanding of larger issues with the technological solutions available and the data that represents our school systems buildings, buses, grounds, and meals. We also needed the new group of students to participate since Asia and Nanette, whom have given amazing and thoughtful effort, are moving on to the next stage in their lives. We are thankful that you allowed the workgroup the necessary time, added the new student members, and are glad to see this strong leadership from the Board. 

 

 

In case you missed it, on June 23, the PGCPS Climate Change Action Plan Focus Workgroup held its third meeting, this one on the topic of Environmental Justice and Equity.  We heard a great discussion from the panelists Abel Olivo of Defensores de la Cuenca, Staci Hartwell of NAACP Prince George’s County Branch, Emily Frias of CCAN, Maryland State Senator Clarence Lam, and Jan-Michael Archer of CEEJH.