2014 Green Registry Leadership Awards: Sustainable practices pay off

Maryland Green Registry membersA vinyl siding manufacturer, a multi-site automobile dealership and a biotechnology company are among the winners of the fifth annual Maryland Green Registry leadership awards. The winners were recognized for their sustainable practices, measurable environmental results and commitment to continual improvement.

Collectively, Maryland Green Registry Members saved more than $79 million through environmental best practices and had large gains in energy and water savings over this past year. Additionally, members reduced their hazardous waste by more than 525,000 pounds, and conserved 645 million gallons, among other savings.

“I am proud to present these awards to organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership,” said MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers, who joined members of the Registry and Bethesda Green at the June 11 awards ceremony. “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.”

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.

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.

You can become a member of the Green Registry by submitting a membership form, which can be found on the Green Registry website. Members are required to present at least five environmental practices that take place in their offices or facilities. Members must provide one or more measurable result related to these environmental practices.

With a Green Registry membership you will receive the use of the Maryland Green Registry logo and free marketing and promotional materials. The Maryland Green Registry website offers each company with a promotional profile showing each environmental effort being demonstrated. The Green Registry can  help your organization set and implement environmental goals  — getting you on the path towards sustainability.