Town of Chesapeake Beach receives Sustainable Maryland certification

Councilman Stewart Cumbo receiving Award on behalf of the Town of Chesapeake Beach as a Sustainable Maryland Certified Community, accompanied by Connie Odell, Town Director of Economic Development, Mayor Bruce Wahl, and University of Maryland Sustainable Maryland Program Director Mike Hunninghake.  Photo was taken at the Lowes Hotel, Annapolis, Maryland, during the Maryland Municipal League Legislative Conference.

Sustainable Maryland Certified 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 including water, energy, planning, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability 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 documents as evidence that the Sustainable Maryland Certified requirements have been satisfied.

Supporters of the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program include: Town Creek Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Municipal League.

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