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Sustainable Maryland Update
June 2014
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June is National Get Outdoors Month! Lots of outdoor activities and programs are happening across the state. Check out our monthly sampling of news, resources, events and other items from across the sustainability spectrum in Maryland.  
Potomac River, C&O Canal National Historical Park

June is Great Outdoors Month


Webinar: Municipal Healthy Meetings and Vending to Improve Workplace Wellness 
Date: June 4

National Trails Day
Date: June 7

Free Birdwatching Tour of the Anacostia River
Date: June 7

Tour dem Parks, Hon! Bike Tour
Date: June 8
Location: Baltimore

Maryland Municipal League Convention
June 8-11
Location: Ocean City

Maryland Local Government Exchange for Planners
Date: June 10
Location: Ellicott City

Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards & Networking Event
June 11
Chevy Chase

Reel Water Festival
Date: June 14
Location: Bethesda

National Get Outdoors Day
Date: June 14

Magothy River Day
Date: June 14
Location: Pasadena

Great Outdoors Week
Dates: June 23-26

Growing Livable Communities Workshop
Dates: June 27-29
Location: Accokeek
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The Town of Emmitsburg (Frederick Co.) registered with Sustainable Maryland in May. Emmitsburg is already leading the way in energy efficiency, having replaced all of its streetlights with energy-saving LED bulbs, and powering its wastewater treatment plant with a 1.1 megawatt ground-mounted solar array. We look forward to working with Mayor Don Briggs and his new Green Team on more sustainability projects in the future!

REMINDER: SM Certification Deadline, June 30
The deadline for 2014 Sustainable Maryland Certified applications is Monday, June 30. Green Teams in communities that expect to apply for certification this year should make sure they are familiar with the process of online submission. Contact [email protected] with any questions about your 2014 certification application.

Brunswick Pet Waste Sign
The benefits of a pet waste education campaign include both positive environmental and social impacts. When not disposed of properly, pet waste is both a source of pollution for local waterways, and a source of conflict between residents. Gaithersburg has an excellent model ordinance, and Rockville's education program includes both signage and a brochure distributed to residents.

Sustainable Maryland at MML Conference, June 8-11
Sustainable Maryland will be meeting elected officials and municipal staff at the annual Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City this month. Whether your community is part of the program already, or is interested in signing up, make sure you stop by our exhibit booth (#821 on Main Street in Dockside Exhibit Hall) and say "Hello" to our staff. And don't forget to pick up your free Black-Eyed Susan seeds!

COOL TOOL: Walk Your City
Walk Your City is an online tool to designed to help you take offline action in your community. Make directional signage for walking and biking in minutes and help shape a more active and social community.


"Without enough wilderness America will change. Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by regular contact with outdoor growths - animals, trees, sun warmth and free skies - or it will dwindle and pale."

-H.G. Wells, poet, journalist, humanist

For more information about how your municipality can register in the Sustainable Maryland Certified program, plus customized Green Team training and access to student resources that are available to provide consultancy services for municipal planning, please call 301 405-7956 or email [email protected] 

Mike Hunninghake
Program Manager 
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