Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards announced
Members report $79 million in savings through environmental practices 

Maryland Green Registry members

BALTIMORE, MD (June 12, 2014) – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers joined members of the Maryland Green Registry and Bethesda Green last evening to present the fifth annual Registry leadership awards and announce the annual membership results. The leadership award winners were: CertainTeed Corporation/Siding Products Group of Williamsport, Elysian Energy of Silver Spring, Fitzgerald Auto Malls of Gaithersburg, Hub Labels of Hagerstown and Life Technologies (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) of Frederick. Winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved over the past year. The awards were presented at the Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase. More information on each winners achievements are detailed on the Maryland Green Registry website.

MORE INFORMATION:

The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program launched by Governor O’Malley in 2009 as part of the Smart, Green and Growing Initiative to promote and recognize sustainable practices by organizations throughout the state. The free program offers tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. There are currently over 420 organization members.

The Registry is a free program that assists businesses and other organizations by promoting and recognizing their sustainable practices. Collectively, Registry members have saved over $79 million annually through their sustainable practices. 

As part of their profile, Green Registry members share at least one quantitative measurement. The results are collected to demonstrate that even small efforts among a group of committed organizations can lead to impressive results. The results also emphasize the importance of measurement to the successful management of environmental impacts at any type and size of organization.   

 The following results were achieved on an annual basis between 2013 and 2014:   

  • 525,000 pounds of hazardous waste reduced 
  • 11.6  million pounds of nonhazardous waste reduced 
  • 547.8 million pounds of non-hazardous waste recycled 
  • 2.7 million gallons of wastewater reduced
  • 533,000 gallons of fuel saved
  • 9.8  million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduced
  • 457 million kWh electricity saved
  • 645 million gallons of water conserved
  • 1.9  million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) reduced 
  • $79  million saved

What do these numbers mean? View our annual results infographic.

QUOTES:

“I am proud to present these awards to organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership. While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all of the winners have several key factors in common that contributed to their success: each organization has an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance and each sets annual environmental goals and measures its results. Their commitment is outstanding and, as we can see, they are really getting results.”

–Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Maryland Green Registry

Leadership Winner Profiles

Infographic of Maryland Green Registry Annual Results

Bethesda Green

PHOTOS:

View photos of the Maryland Green Registry awards on the Registry’s Flickr page.

MISSION:

Our mission is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland’s air, water and land resources, while fostering smart growth, a thriving and sustainable economy and healthy communities.

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Maryland is Smart, Green & Growing! Learn more about Maryland’s sustainable policies, practices and programs at green.maryland.gov and follow us @GreenMaryland.

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