Technical Assistance Programs to Green Your Business

The Maryland Department of the Environment offers free and low-cost technical assistance programs that help businesses and other organizations go beyond regulatory compliance and adopt a proactive approach to environmental management. These programs focus on pollution prevention or P2 measures that reduce pollution at the source through process, equipment and material changes that reduce waste, energy and water usage. Click on each of these programs to learn more or contact Laura Armstrong, MDE Director, Sustainability Program at 410-537-4119.

On-Site Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance

Take advantage of a free, confidential assessment of your facility through an independent engineering consultant. You’ll receive a report listing energy, water and waste reduction opportunities at your facility and the information you need to move forward in implementing them.  

This service will be offered to three food or beverage processing facilities in 2020.  Contact Laura Armstrong for more information.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Implementation Assistance

Sixty Maryland manufacturers have participated in this valuable program that helps companies implement EMSs through workshops, assignments and on-site assistance.

Businesses interested in taking advantage of the benefits of an EMS without registering to the ISO 140001 standard, can participate in the Greening Your Business Program. This program, which combines workshops and site visits, assists participants with identifying opportunities, settting goals and developing green teams.


Lean and Clean Assessments

Experts from the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership will work with your company team to document, analyze, redesign, and plan specific activities to eliminate wasted energy, materials, and non-value adding activities throughout a selected product/process line.

Pollution Prevention Intern Program​

This program places engineering students at Maryland manufacturing facilities to research and implement cost-saving waste reduction and energy and water conservation opportunities.


Pilot Projects

Projects have included audits at hospitals to identify and reduce sources of mercury and certain PVC-type plastics, energy audits focusing on lighting and HVAC equipment, electronic plug-load studies, environmental performance assessments of hotel properties, the use of LaserPaint devices to improve the efficiency of paint application, the greening of minor league baseball stadiums, and a food waste reduction project in the food processing and food service industries.