Salisbury Receives Prestigious Sustainable Maryland Certified Award

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Salisbury Independent

The City of Salisbury has been honored as a Silver-Level Sustainable Maryland Municipality by the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center.

Salisbury was one of 17 Maryland municipalities honored at the Maryland Sustainable Awards ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual fall conference on Oct. 11.

Salisbury was one of 10 municipalities certified to the new Silver level.

“We are pleased to award a record number of certifications this year. These certifications show a commitment to sustainability by Maryland municipalities that is truly impressive in both depth and breadth,” said Mike Hunninghake, Sustainable Maryland Program Director.

“Commitments and associated actions are an essential investment for a future where local governments are increasingly at the forefront of the fight against climate change.” Hunninghake said, “Sustainable Maryland stands ready to support and celebrate these communities, elected officials and green teams.

This achievement is based on a submitted list of eligible initiatives and policies within the city, including our two community gardens, Green Business certification program, energy efficiency, stormwater management, Tree City certifications USA and Bee City USA.

To achieve certification, municipalities are required to form a green team made up of local residents, community leaders, municipal staff and government officials and carry out a variety of sustainability-related actions worth a total of at least 150 points for Bronze Level Certification, or 400 points for Silver Level Certification, along with documentation of those actions.

“The City of Salisbury is extremely honored to accept this award for the third consecutive term,” said Mayor Jacob Day. “Sustainability is a fundamental tenet of our policymaking, and its importance will only grow as our city does so. This is not only an achievement for Salisbury, but also for our fantastic green team, who have led our efforts with unwavering dedication.”

The silver level award is for the period 2022-2025 and follows two bronze level awards for 2019-2021 and 2016-2019.

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