Matthew Witmer has volunteered with the County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources during the past year. During that time he has spent many hours developing restoration plans for local waterways that have been impaired due to excessive amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. Specifically, Matt developed lists of projects, researched them in the field, and reviewed plans to determine their pollutant removal. He also completed the calculations for the removal of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment for nine total maximum daily load (TMDL) scenarios and led a team to develop a restoration plan for one of those scenarios. Matt has often worked evenings and weekends to complete his work. His efforts have saved the County approximately $70,000 in avoided consultant costs.
The AstraZeneca Frederick Manufacturing Center (FMC) has created a sustainable campus through company policy (including aggressive goals to reduce energy, water, and waste) and employee support in protecting the environment. The facility purchases 100% Renewable Energy Credits for its electricity use, reducing its carbon footprint by 35,000 metric tons this year. This is equivalent to the energy usage of over 3000 households in a year. There are two solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations on campus and a facility electric truck. LED lighting has been installed in manufacturing areas with additional installations in the parking lots and offices planned for this year. An employee Green Team encourages sustainability awareness among employees both at work and at home. FMC holds sustainability annual events, such as office supply reuse/donation and employee electronics recycling. The facility has strong solid and biohazardous waste recycling programs, as well as a water conservation program to reuse process water from operations.