DNR Accepted To Maryland Green Registry

Popular SGG program now has more than 170 members

Annapolis, MD (May 6, 2010) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been accepted to the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary certification program that recognizes sustainable “greening” efforts all types of organizations. There are currently more than 170 member organizations that have completed a best practices profile covering environmental management and leadership, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, transportation and green building design.

“I am very pleased that companies and agencies like DNR are leading by example, reducing our State’s environmental impact while saving money and creating a healthier workplace,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The Maryland Green Registry provides an opportunity for organizations to be recognized and to share their strategies for becoming more sustainable businesses.”

“As the Department of Natural Resources, we have a unique responsibility to adopt green practices and encourage businesses, schools, churches and government agencies to examine their practices for ways to become more sustainable,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin.

DNR was approved for its commitment to environmental sustainability under the “One DNR” plan, a comprehensive set of strategies to move DNR toward a sustainable future. The plan sets out goals and targets to become more sustainable, including paper reduction, energy efficiency, resource conservation, youth outdoor learning opportunities, and site design on State lands. Highlights of efforts to meet these goals include a renewal of recycling efforts at DNR headquarters and field offices, installation of efficient lightbulbs and motion sensors in State Parks and other facilities, restoration of natural resources on State lands, and extensive educational and outreach programs conducted throughout the year.

The Maryland Green Registry was established in June 2009 under the State’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative. Membership is free and encourages businesses, churches, schools, governments, and other organizations to share information on the practices they have in place to reduce the environmental impact of their facilities and services.

  May 6, 2010

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov