Five Prince George’s County Municipalities – Berwyn Heights, Cheverly, Greenbelt, Riverdale Park, and University Park - Receive Sustainable Maryland Certified Award from UMD

Posted by Mike H on Oct 20, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017

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

Five Prince George’s County Municipalities – Berwyn Heights, Cheverly, Greenbelt, Riverdale Park, and University Park - Receive Sustainable Maryland Certified Award from the University of Maryland

College Park, MD (October 17, 2017) – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that Berwyn Heights, Cheverly, Greenbelt, Riverdale Park, and University Park were amongst the 13 Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference last Friday in Rockville, Maryland. All five municipalities to originally became Sustainable Maryland Certified in 2014, and all successfully became re-certified again this year.

“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.”

BERWYN HEIGHTS

Highlights of Berwyn Heights’ accomplishments include:

  • Created a Community Garden, now in its fourth year, with 30 garden plots available to residents.
  • Marked its 20th year as a Tree City USA community.
  • Promoted bicycling by establishing bicycle trails connecting the Town to neighboring communities and to the region’s public transportation and tourist hubs, and installing bike repair stations and bicycle racks at Town facilities.

“The Town of Berwyn Heights is honored to receive the Sustainable Maryland Certified Award, and be recognized for our commitment in making sustainable choices,” said Mayor Cheryl Jewitt. “I would like to thank the Town’s Green Team for their efforts in achieving the certification and for their leadership on environmental issues within the Town.  The Town would also like to thank the University of Maryland for working with municipalities across the State to make our communities more sustainable today and in the future.”

 

CHEVERLY

Highlights of Cheverly’s accomplishments:

  • Amended a previous ordinance to allow bees to be kept on municipal and residential property.
  • Celebrated the 21st consecutive year as a Tree City USA community.
  • In 2016 hosted “The Great Cheverly Rain Barrel Event” to help residents purchase a 50-gallon rain barrel and apply for the Prince George’s County rain check rebate program.

The attached photo shows (from left) Juan Torres, Director of Public Works, and Mayor Michael Callahan with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference last Friday.


GREENBELT

A detailed summary of Greenbelt’s sustainability Actions can be found in their Certification Report, attached as a PDF.

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.
  • 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.  
  • Greenbelt continues to offset 100% of the city’s electricity usage by purchasing wind energy offsets through Washington Gas Electric Services, Inc.  

"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!” 

The attached photo shows (from left) John Lippert, Chair, Green ACES; David Moran, Assistant City Manager; Luisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator; Mayor Emmett Jordan; Mayor Pro Tem J Davis; and Councilmember Leta Mach with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference.

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


RIVERDALE PARK

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

Highlights of Riverdale Park’s accomplishments:

  • As part of a large sustainable design project within the Mixed-Use Town Center Zone of Riverdale Park, the Riverdale Park Station will be the first LEED-ND project completed in Prince George’s County.
  • The Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative is a collaborative program launched in 2015 aimed at providing the Riverdale Park community with a rotating, year-round outdoor, town-wide sculpture gallery to bring promotional opportunities to local artists to extend their audience and their boundaries.

“The Town of Riverdale Park is honored to be re-certified as a Sustainable Maryland Community,” said Mayor Alan Thompson. “Our re-certification is the result of the hard work and dedication of the Riverdale Park Sustainability Committee, residents, elected officials and staff. Sustainability is part of the fabric of our town and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts.”

For detailed information about Riverdale Park sustainability initiatives, please contact John Lestitian, Town Administrator, jnlestitian@riverdaleparkmd.gov, 301-927-6381


UNIVERSITY PARK

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

Highlights of University Park’s accomplishments:

  • University Park funds and promotes the town-wide “Porchfest”, organized by the University Park Civic Association (UPCA), as an innovative way to build community cohesiveness.
  • University Park funds and promotes a Shade Tree Reimbursement program for residents, offering reimbursement of up to $300 toward the purchase of any tree listed in the official Town shade tree list that is planted on private property.
  • University Park has been a TREE CITY since 2004, and received the People Loving and Nurturing Trees (PLANT) award in 2016.

The Town of University Park is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment,” said Mayor Len Carey.  “Jim Henson created the Muppets here in town and we know, as Kermit says, ‘it’s not easy being green.’ The Town appreciates this award from Sustainable Maryland in recognition of the ongoing commitment and efforts from our community.”

The attached photo shows (from left) Councilmember Joe Schultz and Mayor Len Carey with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference last Friday.

For detailed information about University Park’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Tracey Toscano, Town Clerk, 301-927-4262, ttoscano@upmd.org

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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. The Sustainable Maryland Action Menu can be seen here: http://sustainablemaryland.com/actions-certification/actions/

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.”

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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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