Released on October 16, 2018 - 4:32pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe is honored to announce that the City of Laurel has again been certified as a Sustainable Maryland City! Sustainable Maryland is a certification program for municipalities in Maryland that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain quality of life over the long term.

The Sustainable Maryland Program is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Municipal League. This is a 3-year certification and the City of Laurel first received this award in 2015 and we are thrilled to receive recertification for 2018 - 2021. Below is the Press Release from University of Maryland:

College Park, MD (October 15, 2018) – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the City of Laurel was honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference last Friday in Annapolis, Maryland. Laurel received its initial certification in 2015, and became recertified in 2018.

According to Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager for Sustainable Maryland, “This year’s class of Sustainable Maryland Certified communities represents significant continued progress on sustainability issues, in small towns and large cities, from all across the state. The Green Teams, elected officials, and municipal staff that have accomplished so much provide both inspiration and real-world examples for their peers to follow.”

Highlights of Laurel’s accomplishments:

  • Held its first health fair for the community in 2018. The event had a total of 50 vendors, and attendees were able to receive complimentary flu shots, as well as health screenings, for cholesterol, diabetes, hearing, and vision.
  • Has been a Tree City USA community for 24 years.
  • The City is one of the municipalities that has approved the Patuxent River Watershed Act. The purpose of this legislation is to protect the Patuxent River by regulating actions that impact the river.
  • Offers an extensive Health & Wellness program for City employees, where enrolled participants accumulate points for certain healthful activities.

“The City of Laurel is proud to be recognized as a Sustainable Maryland Certified municipality, as well as a SolSmart municipality,” said Mayor Craig Moe. “As Laurel continues to grow, the City Council and I pledge to always work toward sustainable growth, including protection of our natural resource conservation, historic district, commercial corridor and encouraging healthy living for our wonderful city.”

For detailed information about Laurel’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Christian Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, [email protected], 301-725-5300 ext. 2252.

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