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John Lippert, David Moran, Luisa Robles, Emmett Jordan, J Davis, and Leta Mach accepting award
John Lippert, David Moran, Luisa Robles, Emmett Jordan, J Davis, and Leta Mach accepting the award.

City of Greenbelt Receives Prestigious Sustainable Maryland Certified Award at Maryland Municipal League Conference

Sustainable Maryland Certified sealCollege Park, MD (October 16, 2017) – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the City of Greenbelt was one of 13 Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference last Friday in Rockville, Maryland.

Greenbelt was one of nine Maryland municipalities to originally become Sustainable Maryland Certified in 2014, and the City successfully became re-certified again this year.

Highlights of Greenbelt’s accomplishments:

  • 2017 marked the 63rd year of the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, a four-day event that supports community education and outreach. A few of the many environmental issues the fair educates visitors and vendors on are proper recycling, rain barrel installation, and residential energy efficiency, as well as awarding the honor of Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen.
  • In 2013, Greenbelt’s DPW initiated a food scraps composting program, and has since educated community members about composting at 22 different festivals and community events since. Additionally, the Green Team’s Zero Waste Circle has created an Organics Task Force which is researching City-wide compost options and the respective pricing.
  • In 2017, the Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS), with support of the Greenbelt Community Foundation, launched two new citizen science co-learning and community building projects centered on learning how to build soil quality through composting and the ways in which plants can help local climate resiliency.
  • Greenbelt continues to offset 100% of the city’s electricity usage by purchasing wind energy offsets through Washington Gas Electric Services, Inc.

“The growing number of municipalities that share a vision for state-wide sustainability is a testament to Maryland’s commitment to a resilient future,” said Dan Nees, director of the Environmental Finance Center. “Now more than ever, it is critical for local leaders and advocates to take charge of moving their communities towards becoming healthier and more sustainable. It is exciting to see our Sustainable Maryland Certified program continue to empower elected officials and citizens with every new community we welcome.”

"I'm extremely honored to accept this award on behalf of our staff and residents,” said Mayor Emmett Jordan. “Part of Greenbelt's legacy is reflected in our commitment to plan for the future. The Sustainable Maryland certification provides us with a framework to set goals and measure our progress. We're grateful to be recognized!”

For detailed information about Greenbelt’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Lisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator,, 301-474-8004

Sustainable Maryland Certification: To achieve certification, municipalities are required to form a Green Team comprised of local residents, community leaders, municipal staff and officials; complete a variety sustainability-related Actions worth a total of at least 150 points (including two mandatory actions and two of six priority actions), and submit the appropriate documentation as evidence that the Sustainable Maryland Certified requirements have been satisfied. The Sustainable Maryland Action Menu can be seen here.

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