The City of Laurel has a long history of being environmentally conscious. It has been designated a Tree City USA for 24 years, created an Environmental Affairs Committee in 2003, has been a Sustainable Maryland Certified City since October of 2015.
Mayor Craig A. Moe and the Laurel City Council have now joined leaders across the country in signing the “We Are Still In” initiative to continue to uphold commitments to the Paris Climate Accord which President Trump pulled the U.S. out of on June 1, 2017.
“I think it’s important that we continue to honor all the environmental safeguards that the agreement put into place,” Mayor Moe says. “We take our obligation to protect the environment very seriously in the City of Laurel and we don’t plan to stop now.”
The “We Are Still In” initiative is the work of a national coalition which is focusing on how to maintain the Paris Climate Agreement and mitigate the effects of global warming.
Highlights of Laurel’s environmental efforts include:
- Adopting a Green Construction Code—requiring among other things—that all new homes and apartments use low energy light bulbs.
- Issuing 361 residential solar permits, and 4 commercial solar permits
- Requiring new apartment complexes to have bio retention ponds
- HVAC modifications on City buildings
- Coordinating with the State and County to install storm water retention ponds
- Installing LED- equipped traffic signals and solar powered pedestrian crosswalks.
- Converting to LED technology or solar power for street lights
- Using Segways and bicycles for Police patrols
- Creating a Bicycle Master Plan
- Forming a Laurel Community Garden
- Giving away hundreds of trees to property owners
- Recycling containers in city parks
Many State and County leaders have also signed the same initiative along with the City of Laurel including, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.
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