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Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:29 AM by Lisa Orr
Frederick County Solar Co-op Celebration
Posted on July 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Lisa Orr
Congratulations 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!
Posted on July 19, 2017 at 9:13 AM by Suzanne Cliber