All State of Maryland agencies, facilities, and programs are taking steps to support Governor O'Malley's Smart, Green and Growing initiative. Below you can find selected examples of State efforts to go green.
Reducing energy usage in State facilities helps lower consumption of energy resources while decreasing costs to the State. Today Maryland agencies are:
- Creating a state-of-the-art energy database to monitor usage and encourage savings.
- Implementing rooftop solar systems on five State buildings to generate 585,000 kWh annually.
Integrating green building strategies into construction of State facilities maximizes economic and environmental performance, and provides a healthier work environment. Today Maryland is:
- Building/upgrading several State office buildings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
- Participating in and regulating the Maryland Green Building Council.
- Requiring LEED Silver certification for all new State leases.
Bay Friendly Lawns -At the Maryland State House we use environmentally-sustainable organic management practices in caring for our lawn and landscape plants. More...
Improving Business Practices
By adopting smart business solutions Maryland State government is serving its citizens while reducing its impact on the natural resources. Current efforts include:
Repurposing reusable materials reduces waste and the loss of finite natural resources. Maryland State agencies are:
- Encouraging recycling and composing at State facilities.
- Using green janitorial products and biodegradable trash bags in State facilities.
Creating more efficient travel opportunities reduces traffic, congestion carbon emissions and air pollution. Maryland is now:
- Using biodiesel fuel for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation fleets.
- Encouraging carpooling in State vehicles and the use of public transportation.
Project successes - Before and After
We highlight innovative, bay-oriented local actions. If you have a project that you'd like to see highlighted, please contact Scott Hymes.
- Windy Hill on the Corsica River
- Forest Heights Green Roof Project and Zero Runoff Green Initiative
- Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Dulaney Branch Riparian Buffer Planting
- Baltimore City Watershed 263 BMP Theme Park
- The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy: Training local leaders to guide community environmental action
Leading by Example