The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that The City of Annapolis was one of 14 Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference on Friday in Solomons, Maryland.
Annapolis was one of eight Maryland municipalities to originally become Sustainable Maryland Certified in 2013, and the City successfully became re-certified again this year.
A detailed summary of Annapolis’ sustainability Actions can be found in their Certification Report, attached as a PDF.
Highlights of Annapolis’ accomplishments include:
- Passed a backyard chicken ordinance, allowing residents to keep and maintain roosters on their property.
- Signed the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park (AREP) lease in 2015, starting the process of installing solar panels on 80 acres of closed landfill space. When completed, panels will produce 22 kWh of electricity/year, and will be the largest solar project identified by the EPA exclusively installed on a closed landfill in the US.
- Planning a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify and mitigate potential losses to historic, due to natural disasters, sea-level rise, subsidence, and flooding.
- Works closely with the Main Street Annapolis Partnership to strengthen and sustain local businesses.
- Designated a Tree City USA for the past 24 years.
- Holds a GreenScape event each Spring and Fall, in which volunteers clean up and plant flower and vegetable gardens and public spaces throughout the City. In the past 10 years GreenScape volunteers have planted more than 15,000 perennials and 1,500 trees and shrubs.
- Adopted a Bicycle Master Plan in 2012 with the intent of earning the distinction of being a League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly Community”
“Every year, the Environmental Finance Center is proud to welcome more municipalities to the Sustainable Maryland community,” said Dan Nees, director of the Environmental Finance Center. “The incredible growth of this program demonstrates that so many communities across the state are dedicated to healthier, more sustainable futures. The shared commitment of local elected officials, municipal staff and Green Team volunteers in these diverse towns and cities are a testament to Maryland’s vision of resilience.”