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Sustainability Committee

Middletown Maryland is
Sustainable Maryland Certified

Middletown is very proud and honored to have again achieved Sustainable Maryland Certified status! The Town was first certified in 2016, and is one of 38 municipalities in the state to have gained this designation.

“For over 20 years we have undertaken green initiatives and have been a better town as a result. However, the focus that Sustainable Maryland brought to Middletown and our Green Team in our quest for certification has taken us to a new level of green, money-saving, initiatives and has set the trend for Middletown to be a sustainable community well into the future.”

–John D. Miller, Burgess

Agendas & Minutes.

You can expect to see Agendas posted each Friday prior to the meeting date.  Minutes to each meeting require approval.  As a result, meeting minutes will be posted no earlier than one month after the actual meeting date. If you have questions about any of the Agendas or Minutes please contact the Town Office at (301) 371-6171.

Agendas & Minutes 2020

Agendas & Minutes 2019

Agendas & Minutes 2018

Agendas & Minutes 2017

Sustainability is a complex concept.

 

The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used.” In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.

(UCLA Sustainability, www.sustain.ucla.edu/what-is-sustainability/)

MISSION & HISTORY.

Middletown’s Green Team’s mission is to: conserve Middletown’s shared natural resources, including land, air, water, open spaces, and viewsheds.  By working in partnership with our schools, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses, and residents, we can sustain natural resources and promote healthy living for generations to come.  We will accomplish our goals by creating understanding in the community, promoting involvement by way of education, and addressing environmental challenges and opportunities by focusing on economic, environmental, and social sustainability. 

 

SMC Certification WAS ACHIEVED on October 10, 2016 Through the Following Actions:

 

  • Document the Creation of the Town’s Green Team (Community Action) √

  • Complete and document our Green Team Action Plan (Community Action) √

  • Participate and Document in a SMC Green Team Training (Community Action) √

  • Establish and Document our Local Farmer’s Market (Community Based Food System) √

  • Document the Local Food Bank (Community Based Food System) √

  • Document Workplace Wellness Program √

  • Begin building a SMC Resource Center (Community Action) √

  • Document/Perform Municipal Energy Audits (Energy) √

  • Document Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Energy Project (Energy √

  • Document replacement of Town Hall lights to LED’s ( Energy) √

  • Establish and Document Local Business Directory (Local Economies) √

  • Host our Earth Day (Green Expo) Event (Saturday, April 23, 2015) √

  • Document Recycle Drop-off Location (Natural Resources) √

  • Document Water Conservation Alert System (Natural Resources) √

  • Document Participation in DHCH Sustainable Communities (Planning & Land Use) √

  • Document Dog Park and Bag Stations (Natural Resources) √

  • Document Rain Barrel Program (Natural Resources) √

  • Document Yard Waste Bag program √

  • Document Town Hall as a Collection Site/Center for Unused Meds (Natural Resources & Health and Wellness) √

  • Document community garden (Community Based Food System) √

  • Document Main Street Program (Local Economies) √

  • Improvements to West Green Street (Natural Resources) √

 

Year 2: items completed to continue on our path to create and maintain a more sustainable community:

 

  • Construct rest of walking trail from Linden to East Main Street and Remsberg Park (Health & Wellness) √

  • Pollinator resolution passage √

 

Year 3: items to work on moving forward

 

  • Document Girl Scout Project painting Curb and Gutters to be Bay Wise (Natural Resources)

  • Document the Maryland Green Registry Program (other MS Businesses)

  • MEA grant funding for energy efficient streetscape lighting (Energy)

  • Conversion of streetlights to LED’s (Energy)

  • Buy Local Campaign (Local Economies)

  • Tree Canopy Assessment Completed in Partnership with the County​

Future Work

Future work to consider:

 

  • Municipal Carbon Footprint

  • Community Carbon Footprint

  • Climate Action Plan

  • Evaluate and Determine the Feasibility of Constructing a 1-Mega Watt Solar Farm

PARTNERS.

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