The City of Takoma Park achieved recertification with Sustainable Maryland and was named the 2017 Sustainability Champion.
Sustainable Maryland is a certification program for municipalities in Maryland that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. It is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Municipal League.
To be named the Sustainability Champion, a municipality has to amass more points than any other jurisdiction.
This year, Takoma Park accumulated 650 points, 500 above the minimum requirement of 150 and completed the mandatory priority actions necessary for certification. Priority actions consisted of implementing a community garden, performing municipal energy audits, developing a municipal carbon footprint, passing a green purchasing policy, creating a watershed plan, and developing a stormwater management program.
“Takoma Park is thrilled to receive the Sustainable Maryland Certified award for our commitment and hard work to maintaining and creating a livable community for all who live, work, and visit our beautiful city,” said Mayor Kate Stewart.
Takoma Park was first certified in 2014. Other certified Montgomery County communities are Poolesville, Gaithersburg and Rockville.