Volume IV, Number 6
eMDE is a quarterly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state.
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An auto service facility that developed an innovative method of draining oil bottles, a manufacturer that is “landfill free,” and a college that achieved carbon neutrality for electricity are among the winners of the Maryland Green Registry’s first Leadership Awards. The awards, which are to be presented annually, recognized five Maryland organizations that displayed outstanding leadership through their commitment to environmental practices. The recipients were: British American Auto Care; GM Baltimore Transmission; NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Union Hospital of Cecil County.
Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari T. Wilson, Business and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Dominick Murray, and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Joe Gill presented the awards July 6 at a Green Building Institute networking event at the EnviroCenter in Jessup.
“A healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand,” said Secretary Wilson. “I am proud to present these awards to organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership through their strong commitment to environmental protection. While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: each organization has a green team, has organization-wide commitment to environmental performance, sets annual environmental goals, and measures their results.”
The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program launched by Governor Martin O’Malley as part of the State’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative that promotes and recognizes sustainable greening efforts by organizations throughout Maryland. In order to join the Registry, businesses are required to complete an application detailing their involvement in at least five environmental best practices and provide at least one measurable result. There is no cost to join.
In only the first year of the program, the more than 200 Maryland Green Registry members reported reductions of 1.6 million pounds of hazardous waste, 4.7 million pounds of non-hazardous waste, 2.8 million gallons of wastewater, 3.6 million megawatts of electricity, and 1.5 million metric tons of carbon equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. They conserved 3.8 million gallons of fuel and 53 million gallons of water and recycled more than two billion pounds of solid waste. As reported by the members, these practices have resulted in an annual cost savings of $24 million.
Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved to date.
British American Auto Care, an automotive service and repair facility in Columbia:
GM Baltimore Transmission, which manufactures transmissions, including the two-mode hybrid transmission, in White Marsh:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, a federal laboratory in Greenbelt that develops and operates unmanned scientific spacecraft and manages many of NASA’s earth observation, astronomy, and space physics missions:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public honors college in St. Mary’s City:
Union Hospital of Cecil County, which offers a number of inpatient and outpatient services in Elkton:
Each of the Leadership Award winners completed a profile discussing the importance of: establishing a green team; setting annual environmental goals; measuring results; and maintaining organization-wide commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance. These Leadership Award profiles, which can be found on the Maryland Green Registry website, show that organizations of any type and size can achieve significant cost savings and environmental results by incorporating these management practices.
Maryland businesses, government and educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and facilities of all types are encouraged to join the Maryland Green Registry. All members receive an online profile demonstrating their commitment to environmental practices, a window decal, use of the Maryland Green Registry logo, and eligibility to apply for next year’s Leadership Awards.
To join the Registry, visit the “Join Here” page on the Green Registry website and download an application. For further information, contact the Maryland Green Registry Coordinator at GREEN.REGISTRY@maryland.gov or at 410-537-4119.
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