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June 2019
Maryland Green Registry Turns 10!
The Maryland Green Registry held its 10th Annual Leadership Awards program on May 20th in Baltimore, Maryland. Registry members collectively saved over $100 million through responsible and efficient environmental practices!

PSS is proud that two of its clients were honored at the awards ceremony. The Baltimore Convention Center was chosen as a Green Registry award winner for its work in reducing food waste and Pearlstone was designated a member of the 2019 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Circle for its continued commitment to improvement through significant new sustainable practices and results.
Congratulations to all winners, including:

 Baltimore Convention Center

(L to R) Chuck Schlagenauf, Centerplate/Baltimore Convention Center, Joan Plisko, Phil Costa, Baltimore Convention Center
(L to R) Rachel Moses, Pearlstone, Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment, Joan Plisko
6 Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure
~ Being in nature is good for physical and mental health ~
On May 20th, 25 attendees of the Choose Clean Water Conference toured the recently completed green infrastructure project at MedStar Harbor Hospital . Collectively, the project treats five acres of impervious surface with14 stormwater facilities including: bioretention areas, bioswales, and rain gardens. Overall, the project team planted over 48,000 perennials, shrubs, and trees on the MSHH campus.
The stormwater facilities will filter five million gallons of stormwater each year, preventing pollutants from entering the Patapsco river. The jewel of this project goes beyond stormwater management – it is the healing garden which creates a natural space for staff, patients, and community members to connect with nature and one another.
Being in nature has many benefits for people's physical health and mental health. For example, it can:
  1. Improve heart health
  2. Boost immune function and healing
  3. Foster positive child development
  4. Increase mental health
  5. Help memory and focus, and
  6. Promote an active lifestyle.
10 Questions, 5 Minutes, 1 Chicken
For Maryland's Project Green Classrooms , Clara Feigleson, JOFEE Sustainability Fellow at Pearlstone , interviewed Joan about her professional pathway. Take a few minutes to learn more about: who influenced Joan; what Joan's favorite part of the job is all about; and more!
About Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Joan Plisko
Maryland Top 100 Women, 2019
Joan Plisko, PhD, President
Marc Plisko, CIH, Vice President
The mission of Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC is to catalyze positive health, environmental, and social change through improved customer performance, economic savings, and enhanced social awareness.