State Department of Agriculture Joins Maryland Green Registry
Highlights AgencyÃ†s Environmental Sustainability Efforts
ANNAPOLIS, MD (Feb. 18, 2010) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has been approved as a member of the Maryland Green Registry, Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance announced today. Maryland’s Green Registry includes more than 150 public and private-sector organizations that have implemented at least five practices toward a greener working environment and provides tips and resources for incorporating green practices.
“Many Maryland agencies – like MDA – and other organizations and businesses already know that even relatively simple steps to reduce our impact on the environment save money and create a healthier workplace,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The Maryland Green Registry provides an opportunity for these organizations to showcase the practices they have in place to reduce the environmental impact of their facilities and services and to serve as a model for other businesses and groups.”
“We are proud to be recognized for our sustainable practices at the department and now encourage Maryland farmers and other agricultural-related businesses to join the Maryland Green Registry,” said Agriculture Secretary Hance. “We look forward to working with other participants to build a smart, green and growing future for Maryland.”
MDA was approved for its overall commitment to environmental sustainability. Among its green activities, the department has nearly completed its $2.32 million energy conservation and facility improvement projects. Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative, the State of Maryland will reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by the year 2015.
The MDA headquarters building projects include solar panels, lighting retrofit upgrades, water conservation retrofits, building envelope improvements, renewable technology, HVAC upgrades, direct digital controls, facility maintenance services, and measurement and verification services.
Additionally, the projects will have significant environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gases including 2.98 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by powering 120 homes, within the life of the 14-year contract. Other reductions include: 7,600 pounds of NOx, 21,900 pounds of SOx.
Other projects include: • Working with the South River Federation to install three bioretention areas on MDA and Anne Arundel County property that are helping to capture and filter stormwater and non-point source runoff that flows into Broad Creek and South River. • Recycling approximately 45.5 tons of materials that included: mixed paper, 15.8 tons; cardboard, 16 tons; landscape debris, 10 tons; car batteries 0.5 tons; and automobile tires, 1.6 tons in FY09 plus aluminum (128 pounds ), toner cartridges and plastic bottles . • Collecting 49,000 empty pesticide containers from outside entities weighing 21.6 tons that were chipped, processed and remanufactured into new pesticide containers.
The Maryland Green Registry includes organizations that complete a best practices profile covering environmental management and leadership, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, transportation, and green building design.
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