Maryland Department of the EnvironmentMedia ContactsJeffrey R. Welsh(410) 537-3003Richard McIntire(410) 537-3012(410) 716-8784-Pager
BALTIMORE, MD (October 14, 2004) – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick presented awards today small, medium, and large businesses and government facilities located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have implemented successful pollution prevention projects in 2003. The awards were presented at the Businesses for the Bay Annual Meeting October 14, 2004 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge, in Laurel Maryland. The Governor also recognized Maryland manufacturers that have successfully completed an Environmental Management System Implementation Program sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Technology Extension Service. Businesses for the Bay is a voluntary program that encourages and recognizes pollution prevention practices at businesses, government facilities, and other organizations located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Pollution prevention, or P2, is an environmental management approach that aims to reduce or eliminate waste prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. P2 practices also include the increased efficiency of the use of raw materials, energy and water. More than 600 organizations throughout the watershed are participating members in Businesses for the Bay. Since the program's inception in 1996, program participants throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed have reported the reduction and recycling of 7.3 billion pounds of waste and materials at a cost savings of $892 million. These wastes ranged from specific chemicals to air emissions and solid waste. Secretary Philbrick remarked, “These results represent just a small fraction of the potential reductions that can be achieved through pollution prevention measures throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We are fortunate to have a regional organization like Businesses for the Bay to carry this message and help tap this potential.”The following lists the award winners from Maryland.
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