Why Get Certified

We all want a more sustainable Maryland. Few contest the benefits of clean air, drinkable water, garbage in its proper place, clean energy options, waterways filled with fish, parks and open space and a healthy place to work and live. The big question is how do we achieve this as a state? Our program provides a free and easy to use framework for municipalities to follow to become more sustainable.

Registration is free and assistance is available. But the bragging rights from achieving the certification is priceless. Don't be left behind, with more than 75 communities in Maryland already registered, it is time to find out about the Sustainable Maryland program benefits. Don't miss your chance to:


Save money. 

Sustainable Maryland towns and cities implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water and trash bills. The program helps communities improve efficiency, cut waste and stimulate their local economies.


Gain access to training, tools and expert guidance.

Sustainable Maryland towns have access to clear “how to” guidance and Maryland-specific tools and resources for developing a comprehensive sustainable community program. Regular training workshops, summits, webinars and leadership meetings provide your town with connections to the leading experts in important municipal sustainability issues, and access to a statewide peer network.


Get recognized. Promote your town.

Sustainable Maryland towns are promoted on this website, in our publications, in the media and at promotional events. Towns that achieve certification are provided a customized Sustainable Maryland logo that can be used on the town’s promotional materials. Municipalities are honored at an annual Sustainable Maryland luncheon at the Maryland Municipal League Conference. Annual Sustainable Maryland awards are bestowed to those towns that excel in leadership, innovation and collaboration. And the top-performing town each year is designated the "Sustainability Champion".


Conserve valuable resources. Protect the environment.

Residents increasingly want to live in towns that are doing their part for the environment. The Sustainable Maryland actions cover a wide range of topic areas focusing on people, prosperity and the planet. By becoming a Sustainable Maryland certified town, you align your municipality with your community’s values while saving your resources as well as nature's.