The U.S. Green Building Council today announced that Frederick County is a LEED Silver community certified through the Council’s LEED for Communities program, one of fewer than 10 counties in the nation to earn this designation to date. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. County Executive Jan Gardner accepted the county’s certification Tuesday from Hilari Varnadore, Director of LEED for Cities and Communities. During the ceremony, Varnadore also presented Mayor Michael O’Connor with the City of Frederick’s LEED for Cities certification.
“Frederick County is proud to be leading the way as a LEED Silver certified community,” Executive Gardner said. “We are reducing our energy usage with all-electric transit buses and hybrid vehicles, increasing our renewable sources with solar arrays, improving water quality through our Creek ReLeaf program, and adding bikeways and trails. Sustainability is the responsible way to ensure a bright future for our community and fits with our goals and vision for Livable Frederick.”
If you are a Frederick County property owner (and do not live within a municipality like the City of Frederick), you can apply for a 30% or 60% reduction on your stormwater fee by taking actions within the Green Homes Challenge!