Sustainable communities are healthy, attractive, innovative, and compelling places to live and work.
The University District will protect and conserve our natural resources, increase the use of clean, renewable energy sources, reduce greenhouse gases, provide green spaces and build sustainably.
- College Park is a certified Maryland Sustainable Community
- The City and University are implementing “green” projects to increase
residential energy efficiency, reduce stormwater pollution, plant trees, increase use of local food and many more
- A solar co-op forum was held to explore solar energy options for City residents with the City Committee for a Better Environment
- Partnership staff participated in meetings about food waste composting in College Park
- The City of College Park was recognized as a “Green Power Community” by the US Environmental Protection Agency, because it purchases 100 percent of its electricity from renewable power sources.
- Composting: With City of College Park, pursue opportunities to pilot a food composting program for residents. Partnership supporting and promoting.
- Community Gardens: Open the Community Garden in Calvert Hills in 2017. Continue to work with the City and University on community garden opportunities. Partnership supporting.
- Recycling Rates and County “Rain Check” Program: Assist the City and County with increasing recycling rates as well as homeowner participation in the County “Rain Check” program to install environmental site design and rain barrels at homes in the City of College Park. Partnership promoting.
- Clean Energy: We will assist with ways to increase the share of clean energy use in College Park. We will create numeric goals for benchmarking purposes. For example, there are currently 138 solar arrays in College Park. Our goal by 2020 will be to have 200 solar arrays city-wide. To reach our goals, our work may include promoting options for clean-energy use and pursuing programs to provide “green” incentives to homeowners and businesses. Partnership promoting.
- Environmental Arts: Explore using grant funding to develop an initiative to place environmental markers in College Park to tell its environmental story. Partnership leading; City and University supporting.
- Stormwater Management: Support City and University as they review best-practices and implement strategies for better stormwater management throughout the City. Partnership supporting.
- Increase participation in sustainability efforts at local schools: Assist as needed to implement or expand initiatives that help local schools participate in the City and University sustainability goals. Partnership promoting.
2016 Committee Members
- Composting: pursue opportunities to pilot a composting program for residents.
- Community Gardens: work with City, County, UMD and others to increase the number of community gardens in College Park.
- Increase recycling rates and “Rain Check” Participation: Assist the City and County with increasing recycling rates as well as homeowner participation in the County “Rain Check” program to install environmental site design and rain barrels at homes in the City of College Park.
- Increase the share of clean energy in College Park. We will also assist with ways to increase the share of clean energy use in College Park.