OSER Logo

Frederick County Office Of Sustainability and Environmental Resources

Quarterly Newsletter Blog

Jul 21

Upcoming Events

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:29 AM by Lisa Orr

Frederick County Solar Co-op Celebration 

Tuesday, August 1st
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
8602 Gambrill Park Road
Frederick, MD 21702
Co-op friends and members, click here for directions and to RSVP.  

Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance Meeting
August 9, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thurmont Regional Library Community Room
Guest Speaker:  Parker Roy, American Conservation Experience

OSER will be hosting the "Maryland Department of the Environment Stormwater Workshop"
August 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
30 North Market Street (lower level)
Frederick, MD  21701
Open to Municipal Governments Only

Frederick County Sustainability Commission Meeting
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Meeting Room 
Winchester Hall, Frederick, MD
Guest Speaker:  Hilari Varnadore, Executive Director, STAR Communities
Jul 21

Emmitsburg Wins Leadership Award

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Lisa Orr

Green Registry LogoForHomePageCongratulations to Emmitsburg for winning the 2017 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award! The award was given in June by Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  These awards are granted to organizations with the following success factors: "an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance, a green team that meets on a regular basis, annual environmental goals and measurement of results."

Emmitsburg has made outstanding commitments to sustainability that it has backed up with success after success.  "Save money and don't waste," says 
Mayor Don Briggs, "We’re making additions at the wastewater treatment plant to save water, and the solar powered algae control at Rainbow Lake saves money on electricity and from the reduced application of chemicals." Rainbow Lake is the town's drinking water supply.

Under the leadership of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, a $19 Million solar facility was constructed that provides energy for community's wastewater treatment plant and town offices.  Emmitsburg's government has reduced its electricity consumption by over 15% by doing smart projects like LED lighting upgrades. The town built a solar-powered algae control system on Rainbow Lake, which is a town drinking water supply.  The town has also upgraded its downtown by adding sidewalks for safety and better walkability. "Everything we're doing is because of our wonderful, dedicated staff," said Mayor Briggs. Emmitsburg is truly leading by example!

Emmitsburg has made outstanding commitments to sustainability that it has backed up with success after success.  "Save money and don't waste," says Mayor Don Briggs, "We’re making additions at the wastewater treatment plant to save water, and the solar powered algae control at Rainbow Lake saves money on electricity and from the reduced application of chemicals." Rainbow Lake is the town's drinking water supply.

Under the leadership of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, a $19 Million solar facility was constructed that provides energy for community's wastewater treatment plant and town offices.  Emmitsburg's government has reduced its electricity consumption by over 15% by doing smart projects like LED lighting upgrades.  The town has also upgraded its downtown by adding sidewalks for safety and better walkability. “Everything we’re doing is because of our wonderful, dedicated staff,” said Mayor Briggs. Emmitsburg is truly leading by example!
Emmitsburg has made outstanding commitments to sustainability that it has backed up with success after success.  "Save money and don't waste," says Mayor Don Briggs, "We’re making additions at the wastewater treatment plant to save water, and the solar powered algae control at Rainbow Lake saves money on electricity and from the reduced application of chemicals." Rainbow Lake is the town's drinking water supply.

Under the leadership of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, a $19 Million solar facility was constructed that provides energy for community's wastewater treatment plant and town offices.  Emmitsburg's government has reduced its electricity consumption by over 15% by doing smart projects like LED lighting upgrades.  The town has also upgraded its downtown by adding sidewalks for safety and better walkability. “Everything we’re doing is because of our wonderful, dedicated staff,” said Mayor Briggs. Emmitsburg is truly leading by example!
Jul 19

County Executive Gardner Re-Energizes Frederick County Sustainability Efforts

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 9:13 AM by Suzanne Cliber

IMG_2545On June 29, 2017, County Executive Jan Gardner announced plans to re-energize Frederick County's sustainability efforts. The county's Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources will return to its original mission to reduce energy costs and protect resources to preserve the quality of life for future generations. "We need to build a sustainable foundation for our region's prosperity, health and vitality to ensure the county's bright future," said Executive Gardner. "We can make Frederick County a leader to save green by going green." 

Read full press release...