Frederick County Government Recognized as Sustainability Leader

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles announced the annual Maryland Green Registry Sustainability Leadership Awards and environmental results. According to the Maryland Department of Energy website, the winners included Frederick County Government, Baltimore Community ToolBank, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and West Nottingham Academy. Winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved through sustainable practices. A video of the…

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Enter the Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest

The 18th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Photo Contest is live now through Aug. 5, 2021.  The Maryland DNR wants to see your photographs of the beautiful parts of nature you have captured. Prizes are offered to the top three submissions and all winners will be featured in the department’s 2022 wall calendar and published in the Maryland Natural Resource magazine. According to the Maryland DNR website: The four contest categories are seasonal:…

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Queen Anne’s Launches Fishing Line Recycling Program

Queen Anne's County is working to reduce fishing line litter with the launch of a new countywide recycling program. Used fishing line litter can be very detrimental to the coastal habitat. The material is very durable and can tangle around wildlife, crippling them and causing damage to the ecosystem. Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Plastic Free QAC, the town of Centreville, Berkley, and the Chesapeake Environmental Center to encourage recycling of…

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Fundamentals of Energy Savings Performance Contracting Webinar

Join the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) June 24th at 2pm EST for an informative and engaging free webinar that will provide local governments with actionable steps to save. According to the MEA website: Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) offers states, localities, public infrastructure, and institutional facilities an opportunity to finance energy efficiency investments by leveraging the energy, water and operational cost savings that projects achieve over time. This workshop will gather key stakeholders for ESPC…

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Anne Arundel Approves Resilience Authority

This week, the Anne Arundel County Council passed legislation to establish a local resilience authority. The resilience authority will be a partnership with the City of Annapolis and will help both local governments accelerate infrastructure financing to mitigate the effects of climate change. “I want to thank the County Council for passing legislation to create a Resilience Authority, and I want to thank our lead sponsors in the Maryland General Assembly - Senator Sarah Elfreth…

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MD Department of Natural Resources Prepares for A Busy Summer

As the summer season begins, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is getting ready for an unprecedented number of park visitors following two years of record-breaking numbers.  Maryland's 75 state parks offer a variety of venues to explore nature, and Maryland's DNR is pleased so many individuals and families are enjoying the state's natural treasures. But the increase in visitors is not without its challenges. According to a Maryland State Park press release: The…

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Carroll Confirms Director of Land and Resource Management

The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners has announced the promotion of Christopher Heyn to Director of the Department of Land and Resource Management. Heyn has served as acting director of the department since March 2021, and was promoted to director earlier this week. He started with Carroll County in 2010 as the Engineering Reviewer in the Bureau of Development Review and has since served in a number of other roles for the County including…

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Montgomery Launching Video Challenge to Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is engaging residents for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week by encouraging video submissions to show support and enthusiasm for clean water and the beauty of the Bay. Montgomery County is reminding residents that all waterways in the area eventually run into the Chesapeake Bay. DEP is asking that interested residents submit short videos showing their enthusiasm for the environment based on a daily theme each day from June…

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Counties Among Latest “Smart Energy Communities” Grant Winners

Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard, and Montgomery County all received support for innovative energy projects through a state grant program targeting cost savings and energy efficiency. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced awards for the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) grant program for fiscal year (FY) 2021. More than $750,000 will be distributed to 16 grantees to assist in funding 22 energy projects that will result in significant cost savings and stimulate economic activity. It…

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Charles Earns Three NACo Achievement Awards

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Charles County with three Achievement Awards, honoring the County's Climate Change Preparedness Program, Nanjemoy/ Cobb Neck Broadband Buildout Program, and Mallows Bay- Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. “It is a great honor that Charles County has been recognized by NACo for working to protect our environment, helping our infrastructure become more resilient, and increasing…

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