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Sustainable Maryland Update
February 2019

  A Look Back: SM 2018 Annual Report /  
Climate Action Training /  
Host a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer 
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 

Bike Maryland Symposium
Date: February 19
Location: Annapolis

Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC
Dates: Feb. 21-24
Location: National Building Museum, DC

Looking Ahead
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition Annual Meeting
Date: March 6
Location: DC
National Bike Summit
Dates: March 9-12
Location: Wash., DC

Climate Leadership Conference
Dates: March 20-22
Location: Baltimore

Middletown Green Expo
Date: April 27
Location: Greenbelt

Montgomery County GreenFest
Date: April 28
Location: Wheaton

Green Neighbor Festival
Date: May 4
Location: Frederick

Green Man Festival
Dates: May 11-12
Location: Greenbelt


Takoma Park lays out 5 year sustainable energy agenda 
Thurmont to add wayfinding signage around town

Washingtonian dubs College Park "Best Turnaround"
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Check out the Sustainable Maryland 2018 Annual Report, a wrap-up of our annual certifications, events, trainings and more.

2018 by the numbers:
  • 74 SM-registered municipalities (47% of Maryland's towns and cities) 
  • 35 SM-certified municipalities (including 1 new community)
  • 10 SM Green Team trainings
  • 5 Wednesday Webinars
  • 2 full-day leadership training workshops (topic: Growing the Community Forest)
  • 2 county-wide Summits (Montgomery & Prince George's Counties)
Some notable or innovative projects recognized last year included: 
  • Berlin: Held the fourth annual "Take Pride in Berlin" event to encourage Berlin residents to have pride in their community.
  • Chestertown: Chestertown has been a certified Tree City USA for 37 years, making it the second longest participating municipality in Maryland. 
  • Cottage City: Cottage City sponsored a series of 12 environmental field trips for senior citizens in Cottage City and the surrounding community.
  • Emmitsburg: Approximately 15 miles of natural surfaced multi-user trails for mountain bikers, hikers, bird watchers, and trail runners have been created as part of a stacked loop network in the Emmitsburg Watershed.
  • Laurel: Held its first health fair for the community in 2018. The event had a total of 50 vendors, and attendees received complimentary flu shots as well as health screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, hearing, and vision.
  • Mount Rainier: The Green Team created a video series called #GreenisLife, which focuses on environmental living in Mount Rainier.
  • Poolesville: The town has introduced a series of free  "Wellness Wednesdays". These seminars are given by health professionals and are designed to raise awareness, and provide useful strategies to residents for making positive lifestyle changes.
  • Rockville: Conducted assessments of the health of its three watersheds: Cabin John Creek, Watts Branch, and Rock Creek, and implemented a series of stream restoration projects.
To learn more about these and other municipal sustainability projects across the state go to: 
Dr. Sara Via at recent Maryland Climate Leadership Academy training 
Scientists agree that climate change is real and that climate impacts like increases in severe weather, flooding and heatwaves are already affecting Maryland communities. In order to help our communities understand and respond to the localized effects of climate change, Sustainable Maryland will be offering Green Team Climate Action Training as the first of a set of new actions related to climate change. The two-hour training will give Green Teams the information they need to understand climate impacts and convey them to local government and community members. This understanding is a first step to increasing climate resilience. The Green Team training and guidance for implementing additional climate actions will be provided by Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland. The first trainings will be in February and March of 2019. Interested Green Teams should contact Dr. Via directly ( ) to receive details of the Green Team Climate Action Training and to work out a date and time for the training.   
Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteers 
A group of Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) volunteers, including EFC's Kelly Peaks, paid a visit this month to the Woodend Nature Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Montgomery County. The group's "all hands on deck" event was a deer drive, whereby volunteers helped move deer out of the nature preserve in order to prevent over-browsing and protect native plants. For more information about the CCC, and how your organization or municipality can host a CCC volunteer and boost your capacity for sustainability projects,  
The deadline for host applications is February 19.  

" While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch."
---Patience Strong, poet, United Kingdom 

Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. It is a free and voluntary program designed to help Maryland communities choose a direction for their sustainability efforts, improve access to resources needed to implement action, and recognize their accomplishments. Our sponsors include the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Municipal League. For more information about how your municipality can register in the Sustainable Maryland program, plus customized Green Team training and access to student resources that are available to provide consultancy services for municipal planning, please contact 301-405-7956 or   

Mike Hunninghake
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