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Sustainable Maryland Update
October 2018


  Congratulations to Our 2018 Sustainable Maryland Certified Municipalities!   
       
Our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items of interest from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland. 

Congratulations to our Sustainable Maryland Certified Class of 2018!
FUNDING
OPPORTUNITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR

DC Sustainability Summit
Date:
Oct. 18
Location:
Tysons, VA
Link

Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit & Food Day
Date:
Oct. 24
Location:
Bowie  
Link

Pesticides and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project Conference
Date:
Oct. 30
Location:
Resitertown
Link 

Looking Ahead
 
 
 
Growing the Community Forest (SM Leadership Training)
Date:
Nov. 8
Location:
Hyattsville
Link

Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
 
Date: Nov. 8 
Location: Annapolis
Link 

Community Solar in Prince George's County
Date:
Nov. 8
Location:
Hyattsville Mennonite Church
Contact: 301-779-3168

Growing the Community Forest (SM Leadership Training)
Date:
Nov. 13
Location:
Cambridge
Link

Growing the Community Forest (SM Leadership Training)
Date:
Nov. 15
Location
: Hagerstown
Link

State of the Severn Report
Date: Nov. 20
Location: Annapolis
Link

Giving Tuesday
Date: Nov. 28
Link

Climate Change & the Patuxent River
Date: Dec. 5
Location: Laurel
Link 

OUR CLASS OF 2018 - SUSTAINABLE MARYLAND CERTIFIED!

NOTE: links to the certification reports below have been corrected.

We are pleased to announce the following eight municipalities achieved Sustainable Maryland Certified status in 2018: 
  • City of Rockville (Montgomery County; first certified 2012; re-certified 2015) Named our 2018 Sustainability Champion for receiving more points (535) than any other municipality this year. Certification Report 
  • Town of Berlin (Worcester County; first certified municipality in 2012; re-certified 2015) Certification Report
  • City of Mount Rainier (Prince George's County; first certified in 2012; re-certified in 2015)
 
Check out the certification reports of all of our Sustainable Maryland Certified municipalities here 
 
MEET KELLY PEAKS, OUR NEW CHESAPEAKE CONSERVATION CORPS VOLUNTEER
Kelly graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in May 2018, where she studied Environmental Science with a concentration in policy. She previously interned with the American Meteorological Society where she studied environmental gentrification in Washington, DC. While at EFC, Kelly will work on getting GPS coordinates of pet waste stations for a new app, editing and posting new actions on the Sustainable Maryland website, unveiling a new SM certification tier, working with the Municipal Online Stormwater Training program (MOST) on stormwater webinars, as well as with the Environmental Finance Network on resilience workshops. Her capstone project will focus on working with the Town of North Brentwood on to form a Green team and gain SM certification in 2019. In the future, Kelly hopes to attend graduate school for environmental policy and wants to specifically study climate policy.

Click here to learn more about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust
 
GROWING THE COMMUNITY FOREST: SM LEADERSHIP TRAININGS IN NOVEMBER
 
Join us at one of our upcoming Leadership Trainings on the topic of "Growing the Community Forest" 

This year's workshop topic will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities to strengthen and expand local tree canopy. Trees are unique amongst urban infrastructure, in that over time, they appreciate in both value and capacity. Learn about the benefits of a healthy community forest; funding sources and technical assistance available for maintaining and growing your town's tree canopy; updates on regulations, policies and ordinances at the federal, state and local level; and examples of how to engage residents to support this vital green infrastructure in their neighborhoods.

Registration is $35 (includes breakfast, lunch, parking and materials) 

Hyattsville, Nov. 8 
Cambridge, Nov. 13
Info & Registration

Hagerstown, Nov. 15
Info & Registration

For more information contact [email protected] or 301-405-7956.
  
QUOTE
"It's a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now. This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilises people and dents the mood of complacency."

--Debra Roberts, a co-chair 
of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which released a new report in October warning of severe impacts from climate change as early as 2040 
 

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 [email protected]   

Mike Hunninghake
Program Manager 
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