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#PGCChonored at the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

 Prince George's Community College was selected as one of the top five applicants to receive recognition this year at the 6th Annual Maryland Green Registry Awards Event. Held on Wednesday, July 29, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council--Maryland Chapter, the setting made for a fun evening at Nick's Fish House in Baltimore.  Winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved over the past year. 
 
 

Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards Winners Honored
Members report $102 million in savings through environmental practices.

BALTIMORE, MD (July 30, 2015) – Maryland Department of the Environment Deputy Secretary Mary Beth Tung and Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Ben Wu joined members of the Maryland Green Registry and U.S. Green Building Council, Maryland Chapter yesterday evening to present the sixth annual Registry leadership awards and announce the annual membership results. Those results showed continued gains in reducing pollution, along with savings of more than $100 million through environmental practices.

The leadership award winners are:

Prince George’s Community College 

AstraZeneca/MedImmune 

Honest Tea 

Hord Coplan Macht 

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems 

The Maryland Green Registry was created 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 more than 450 member organizations.

As part of their online member profile, Maryland Green Registry members share at least one quantitative measurement. The results are collected to demonstrate that even small efforts among a group of committed organizations can lead to impressive results. The results also emphasize the importance of measurement to the successful management of environmental impacts at any type and size of organization. As announced at the awards event, Registry members are currently saving more than $102 million annually through their sustainable practices.

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.

 The following results were achieved on an annual basis between 2014 and 2015:

◦539,000 pounds of hazardous waste reduced
◦11.6  million pounds of nonhazardous waste reduced
◦682.7 million pounds of non-hazardous waste recycled
◦3.5 million pounds of material composted
◦2.7  million gallons of wastewater reduced
◦509,000 gallons of fuel saved
◦11.2  million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduced
◦478.7 million kWh of electricity saved
◦730.7 million gallons of water conserved
◦2.3  million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) reduced
◦$102  million saved
 

What do these numbers mean? View the MGR annual results infographic.
 

QUOTES:  

“Maryland is open for business, and the Hogan Administration is eager to welcome and support green business leaders. The organizations we are honoring are true leaders in showing the way toward an environmentally sustainable future and a thriving economy in Maryland. The two go hand in hand – shown by the more than $100 million in annual savings for Maryland Green Registry members.”   — Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

“This award honors the highest level of commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. These winners are protecting our environment and, at the same time, bolstering their bottom lines.” — Mary Beth Tung, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
 

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 Media Contacts:
Jay Apperson or Adrienne Diaczok
410-545-3003
jay.apperson@maryland.gov
  adrienne.diaczok@maryland.gov
 

*All information courtesy of The Maryland Green Registry.  

 

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