Dawn Stoltzfus(410) 537-3003
BALTIMORE, MD (July 7, 2010) -- At an event hosted by the Green Building Council in Jessup last evening, Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson, Business and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Dominick Murray, and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Joe Gill presented the first-annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards. British American Auto Care, Inc., GM Baltimore Transmission, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the Union Hospital of Cecil County 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 has made enormous strides on so many fronts -- working to restore the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, to fight climate change and promote a clean energy future, to create green jobs, to make our air cleaner and our water safer, and to protect our land and farms for future generations. Our partners in this work, Green Registry members are leaders bringing good business and sustainable environmental practices together -- to save money and to protect our resources."
MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson said, "A healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand. I am proud to present these awards to organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership through their strong commitment to environmental protection. While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all 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."
Winning Green Registry organizations were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved to date. Each of the winners completed a "Five Leaders.Five Questions" profile discussing the importance of these elements in their programs, posted online at: http://www.mde.state.md.us/marylandgreen/Pages/LeadershipWinners.aspx
British American Auto Care is an automotive service and repair facility in Columbia that has:
GM Baltimore Transmission in White Marsh manufactures transmissions, including the two-mode hybrid transmission. GM Baltimore Transmission:
The NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt is a laboratory used for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft, as well as managing many of NASA's earth observation, astronomy, and space physics missions. NASA/Goddard:
St. Mary's College of Maryland is a public honors in St. Mary's City that has:
Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton, which offers a number of inpatient and outpatient services, has:
The Department of the Environment also announced collective results that were self-reported by participating organizations. The more than 200 Green Registry members, over a single year, reported the following annual results: 1.6 million pounds of hazardous waste reduced, 4.7 million pounds of non-hazardous solid waste reduced, 2 billion pounds on non-hazardous solid waste recycled, 2.8 million gallons of wastewater reduced, 3.8 million gallons of fuel conserved, 1.6 million miles vehicle miles traveled reduced, 3.6 million MW electricity reduced, 53 million gallons of water conserved, 1.5 million metric tons carbon equivalent greenhouse gas emissions reduced (including 420 million pounds of carbon dioxide reductions), and $24 million saved.
Governor O'Malley also recently asked Marylanders to consider nominating their fellow citizens, local governments and organizations for recognition under the 2011 Smart, Green and Growing Awards Program. Details on the nomination process and criteria are available at http://mde.maryland.gov/marylandgreen/Pages/Home.aspx
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