Cheers to 10 years and to the 2019 award winners

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

MGR news

May 21, 2019

10th anniversary

The Maryland Green Registry turns 10!

          Governor Larry Hogan declared May 20, 2019 as Maryland Green Registry Day to mark the 10th Anniversary of the program. What started in 2009 with just a few members has grown over the past decade to include more than 550 member organizations reporting nearly $105 million in savings through smart, sustainable practices.  The anniversary was celebrated at an evening event held in partnership with the National Association of Environmental Professionals at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland (see photos here​).

         Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles presented the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards to five member organizations which were selected by a judging panel for their strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continual improvement. The winners, listed below, represent a variety of facility types and sizes, but all have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance, a green team that meets on a regular basis, annual environmental goals and measurement of results.  


          Three additional members, listed below, were selected for the 2019 Leadership Circle, which recognizes former Leadership Award winners that have demonstrated a commitment to continual improvement by implementing significant new sustainable practices in the past year.  The new designees for 2019 are:

green fleet

Thanks for greening your fleet!

Thanks to all who shared their best practices through this year's Green Your Fleet prize drawing.

Pinnacle Communications Resource Company won the Deluxe Portable Smart Charger Plus USA (PC-0113-PA-63) donated by the Electric Vehicle Institute.

Annapolis Green won the five-gallon rotating composter donated by Earth 2 Earth,

Many of the Green Your Fleet participants reported having onsite electric vehicle charging stations. While the prize drawing may be over, we invite all members to continue to add their names to the growing list of members with on-site charging.


And now for your results...

Maryland Green Registry members continue to be generous in sharing the measurable results of their efforts. The biggest increases we saw this year were in pounds of material composted and pounds of material recycled. This is not to say that members were not focused on waste reduction. We continue to see a lot of innovation in that area, but recycling and composting efforts often lend themselves to easier measurement.

We hope members will continue to share their waste reduction efforts through their member profiles and strive to quantify both the amount and the cost savings of reducing waste at the source. Let your profile show how the 5 R's of sustainability (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle) are hard at work at your facility!