The city of College Park was honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference this October. College Park was one of the first eight municipalities to receive the award in 2013, and is now one of fourteen Maryland municipalities to have earned this recognition.
Some of the city’s most esteemed sustainability accomplishments include hosting the Center for Young Children – a certified Maryland Green School, partnering with the university to launch the mBike bikeshare program, and planting 150 trees, shrubs, and various plants as part of the first phase of its Trolley Trail Forest Garden.
Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland that supports Maryland’s municipalities in their efforts to preserve their local ecosystems and revitalize their communities. Certification requires the establishment of a “Green Team,” who must complete a certain amount of sustainable actions to gain at least 150 points.
Some of these opportunities include a community garden, watershed plan, green purchasing policy, and municipal energy audits. Once certified, a municipality holds its certification for three years, after which point it must re-apply for certification. Other Maryland municipalities with Sustainable Maryland recognition include Hyattsville, Annapolis, Frederick, and Gaithersburg.
College Park’s Sustainable Maryland certification shows the commitment of the city’s leaders and residents alike to revitalize the city and render it an environmentally proactive place to live.