Chesapeake Beach receives Sustainable Maryland Certified award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2017

Contact: Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager, Sustainable Maryland, 301-405-7956, mikeh75@umd.edu

Town of Chesapeake Beach Receives Prestigious Sustainable Maryland Certified Award at Maryland Municipal League Conference

College Park, MD (October 16, 2017) – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the Town of Chesapeake Beach 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.

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

A detailed summary of Chesapeake Beach’s sustainability Actions can be found in their Certification Report; to access the Report, click here .

Highlights of Chesapeake Beach’s accomplishments:

· Direct promotion of a Nature Walk series led by The Bayfront Park Committee and Dr. Ken Rasmussen through local residential and academic communities.

· The local “Beach Bots” robotics team participated in a civic engagement project at Beach Elementary School, focused on reducing residential waste in the area. This required the students to write a report about different ways to reduce waste at home and the importance of reducing waste in their community.

· The Town continues to support local biodiversity efforts in partnership with the Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS). These include the establishment of a public pollinator garden and “hotel”, as well as a garden dedicated to mosquito-repellant species.

· The Town hosted multiple volunteer stream clean-ups along sections of Fishing Creek. Additionally, several Osprey nests and monitoring cameras were installed by the town in Fishing Creek Marsh, with a live stream available to the local residents through the town website.

“Sustainability is woven into the fabric of the Town of Chesapeake Beach and is actively preserved with continued outreach efforts,” said Mayor Patrick “Irish” J. Mahoney. “I commend the impressive work of our Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society and Green Team as they tirelessly find educational opportunities for our residents and public school children to promote making a positive impact on the environment at an individual and community level.”

“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.”

Above, photo shows (from left) Lawrence Jaworski, Councilman; John Bacon, Chair, Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society; Holly Wahl, Town Administrator; Barbara Kete, Chair, Green Team; and Stewart Cumbo, Councilman with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference last Friday.


Left:  Chesapeake Beach’s Sustainable Maryland Certified logo.

For detailed information about Chesapeake Beach’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Holly Wahl, Town Administrator, hwahl@chesapeakebeachmd.gov , (410) 257-2230

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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. To view the Sustainable Maryland Action Menu, click here .

The complete list of 2017 newly certified and re-certified (denoted by *) communities includes:

*Town of Bel Air (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

*Town of Berwyn Heights (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

*Town of Boonsboro (Washington County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

Town of Burkittsville (Frederick County)

*Town of Chesapeake Beach (Calvert County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

*Town of Cheverly (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

City of Frostburg (the first municipality to be certified in Allegany County)

*City of Greenbelt (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

Town of Mount Airy (Carroll/Frederick Counties; the first municipality to be certified in Carroll County)

Town of North Beach (Calvert County)

*Town of Riverdale Park (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

*City of Takoma Park (2017 “Sustainability Champion” for highest point total award; Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

*Town of University Park (Prince George’s County; first certified in 2014, re-certified in 2017)

According to Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager for Sustainable Maryland, “In a time when municipal leadership is critical to driving change across a number of social and environmental issues, we are pleased to see municipalities throughout Maryland continue to do the hard and necessary work to be good stewards of their communities. This year’s class of Sustainable Maryland Certified communities serve as beacons along a path forward during these uncertain times.”

Sustainable Maryland Certified Municipalities as of 2017 (6th full year of the program):

· Number of Municipalities Sustainable Maryland Certified: 39 (25% of Maryland’s municipalities)

· Number of Municipalities Sustainable Maryland Registered: 68 (43% of Maryland’s municipalities)

About Sustainable Maryland: Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland that is designed to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in resource areas like water, energy, planning, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability certification. Sustainable Maryland offers a customizable menu of concrete actions, allowing communities to select initiatives that best fit their specific needs. This free and voluntary program, with the support of the Maryland Municipal League, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Town Creek Foundation, helps communities choose a direction for their greening efforts; complete their chosen actions with help from program tools, trainings, expert guidance, and other resources; and be recognized statewide for their accomplishments. For more information about Sustainable Maryland: www.sustainablemaryland.com

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