Frederick County Sustainability Commission

Sustainability Awards Announcement:
To see Sustainability Award Winners and Information on the Sustainability Awards/Recycling Recognition Event with County Executive Jan Gardner, Click Here


Long-term, community sustainability is not achievable without the investment and collaborative spirit of residents, businesses, schools, volunteer groups, non-profits, and government agencies. There are simply too many roles for 1 individual or organization to fill; a community-wide commitment is needed to make substantial contributions toward our goals.

In order to engage the community and learn from the diversity of voices present in Frederick County, the County established the Sustainability Commission in 2009. The commission provides a community-based perspective on issues related to sustainability and guides the development of a Frederick County Sustainability Plan.

Mission Statement (adopted 3/16/16)

The Frederick County Sustainability Commission represents the natural environment's critical relevance in making community decisions that will sustain for all time a healthy, abundant, affordable and inspiring place to live and work.


  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • All meetings are open to the public
  • Winchester Hall -  3rd Floor


  • Ron Kaltenbaugh, Chair - Areas of expertise: Electric Vehicles, Residential Solar, Net Zero Homes, Climate Change
  • Kathy Kinsey, Vice Chair - Air Quality, Electric Vehicles, Solid Waste Management
  • Tom Anderson, Energy and environment
  • Rachel Armistead- Agriculture
  • Jennifer Bird- Wetland Delineation & Permitting, Forest Conservation
  • Jane Dennison - International environmental agreements, Testing (air, soil, water), Regulations & Business Practices
  • John Ferri- Energy and sustainability, LEED, architecture and project planning

  • Ron Hardman - Environmental chemistry, toxicology and human health; Air and water quality; Green Buildings; Energy and Environment
  • Tim Jones- Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency
  • Elizabeth Peterson- Environmental Biology                               
  • Joe Richardson- Non formal education in agriculture, the environment, and nature
  • Kevin Sellner- Aquatic ecosystems, water quality, algal blooms
  • Michael Swanson- Sustainable land use, land planning, green building practices

  Click here for the FCSC's Facebook page!


To see dates for meetings, awards, and important events, click the link to FCSC's calendar here

Recent Events

"Green Your Scene" - October 28, 2016 - 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Brook Hill United Methodist Church, 8946 Indian Springs Road, Frederick, MD

Please join us for an afternoon meeting for community organizations, businesses, teachers, administrators, parents and students who want to learn more about employing sustainable environmental practices in Frederick County organizations and schools.

2-4 pm: Community Organizations

4-6 pm: Schools, Parents, Educators

Click here for a detailed agenda.

"Toward a More Sustainable Frederick County" - October 16, 2015. 

The Frederick County Sustainability Commission and Frederick Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement sponsored "Toward a More Sustainable Frederick County" on the 16th of October.  Participants learned about electric vehicles, solar energy, the future of the County's waste, the important role of streamside forest buffers, home energy efficiency, and other forward-thinking topics from subject matter experts.   The presentations are available to view here.