BALTIMORE, MD (June 8, 2011) -- At an event hosted by the Green Building Institute in Jessup last evening, Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Robert Summers, along with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Joe Gill and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Clean Technology and Sustainability Manager Elaine McCubbin, presented the second-annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards. CSX Corporation, E-Structors Inc., the National Aquarium in Baltimore, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, and the University of Maryland, College Park received the awards, presented to organizations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continuous improvement.
Governor O’Malley said: “Maryland continues to make choices that protect our environment and public health -- working to restore the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, protect drinking water, promote clean energy, create green jobs, improve air quality, reduce waste, and preserve land for future generations. Our partners in this effort are Maryland Green Registry members, whose organizations are leading the way in sustainable business practices as they save money and conserve natural resources.”
Winning Maryland Green Registry organizations were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved to date. A profile on each of the winners is posted online.
MDE Secretary Robert Summers said, “I am proud to present these awards to organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership. Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award Winners work every day to conserve resources and protect our environment, evaluating their practices and measuring their success on a continual basis. Their commitment is outstanding and, as we can see, they are really getting results.”
While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all the winners have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: each organization has a green team, has organization-wide commitment to environmental performance, sets annual environmental goals, and measures their results.
The Department of the Environment also announced collective results that were self-reported by participating organizations. The nearly 300 Green Registry members, over a single year, reported the following annual results: 740,000 lbs of hazardous waste reduced; 6.7 million lbs of nonhazardous waste reduced; 741 million lbs of non-hazardous waste recycled; 3.3 million gallons of wastewater reduced; 2.1 million gallons of fuel saved; 2.4 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduced; 378 million kWh electricity saved; 117.4 million gallons of water conserved; and 2.4 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) -- greenhouse gas emissions measurements -- reduced. They also reported saving $65 million.
The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program launched by Governor O’Malley as part of the Smart, Green and Growing Initiative to promote and recognize sustainable practices by organizations throughout the state. The free program offers tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.
Learn more or join today at: www.green.maryland.gov/registry.
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