Orange County Government, Florida

Sustainability Plan

Sustainability and Education

Orange County has a diverse and resilient economy within an educational environment that promotes healthy living and an exceptional quality of life for all our citizens. Orange County has built an outstanding educational environment for our children, college students, and adults of all ages.

With 183,562 students, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the 10th largest school district in the nation and the fourth largest in Florida.

The University of Central Florida and the UCF College of Medicine, with over 59,000 students, is now the second largest university in the United States.

Orange County is also home to Rollins College, Valencia College, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Full Sail University, the Florida A&M University School of Law, Barry University School of Law, Keiser University, Webster University, DeVry University, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, and the first stateside campus of Puerto Rican-based Ana G. Mendez University System.

Accomplishments and Efforts

  • Thirteen OCPS high schools were on Newsweek’s 2009 “Top of the Class” list and multiple magnet programs are available at all levels.
  • In 2013, 19 of OCPS’ high schools made the Washington Post's list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools and eleven ranked in the top 25% nationwide.
  • From 2000-2011, the high school graduation rate from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) increased by more than 30%.
  • Thirteen OCPS schools received the ENERGY STAR building label in 2012, ranking those school buildings among the top 25% nationally for energy efficiency in the school building category.
  • In 2011-2012, volunteers contributed 47,916 hours to the Orange County Head Start program and 56,700 ADDitions volunteers contributed more than 903,600 hours to OCPS.

Sustainability Contacts

Alan Marshall
Assistant to the Director
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 2nd Floor
Orlando FL 32801
Phone: (407) 836-5884
Cell: (407) 406-3612

Lori Forsman
Sustainability Specialist
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 1st floor
Orlando FL 32801
Phone: (407) 836-5439


Education is one of seven focus areas in the development of Orange County’s community sustainability plan.