City of Frederick Seeks to Fill Vacancies on the Green Initiative Team

cityoffrederickgraphic_featuredFrederick, MD — The Green Initiative Team (GIT) is gearing up for spring and is currently seeking three (3) City residents to serve on this committee.

The role of the Green Initiative Team (GIT) is to lead and coordinate the sustainability activities of the community through the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program. Sustainable Maryland Certified is a new initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (EFC) designed to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in resource areas like water, energy, land use, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability certification.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted Resolution 11-17 in support of the Sustainable Maryland Certified program. The Sustainable Maryland Certified Program web site is:

For additional information regarding the Green Initiative Team (GIT), please contact Jenny Willoughby, Sustainability Manager, at 301.600.2843 or

Please send a letter of interest and recent resume to Amber Grimes, Commission Coordinator, at 101 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701 or email by the close of business on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Find the original press release here:

Sustainable Maryland Certified:

The Mission Statement of Sustainable Maryland:

Mission Statement

The Mission of Sustainable Maryland Certified is to enhance livability for all Marylanders by helping municipalities choose a direction for their sustainability efforts, improve access to resources needed to implement action, measure their progress, and gain recognition for their accomplishments.

Sustainable Maryland Certified helps municipalities:

• Gain access to training, tools, and expert guidance;
• Realize cost savings and improve the bottom line;
• Conserve resources while promoting community viability.

Sustainable Maryland Certified features:

• Menu of options lets communities choose actions that fit their needs;
• Holistic vision helps communities plan across community priorities;
• Free and voluntary makes participation easy.

Certification actions are based on best practices as identified by sector-specific task forces under the direction of an Executive Committee that provided guidance and structure to the program development process. These actions and associated resources were vetted through a Mayors’ Advisory Council that considered the feasibility and usefulness of proposed certification actions, tools, and trainings, as well as helped to identify resource gaps.

Sector-specific task forces formed and met regularly to develop action items to be included in the program. These groups were charged with tailoring certification criteria, tools, and trainings to meet the needs of Maryland communities. The Environmental Finance Center facilitated the task force process, as well as the meetings of the Mayors’ Advisory Council and Executive Committee.

The EFC facilitates the interactions between the task forces and Executive Committee and Mayor’s Advisory Council by sharing the suggestions and feedback with each task force as well as providing guidance for coordinating with other state sustainability efforts and addressing municipal scale and equitable access to resources. This review process between the task forces and supervising committees ensures certification actions are thoroughly designed and the most effective for implementation. EFC staff are present at regular monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly meetings of each of these entities to facilitate the interactions between the, Executive Committee, Mayors’ Advisory Council, and task forces. The interactions between EFC staff and the supervising committees ensure that certification actions are thoroughly designed and the most effective for implementation.

The program is based on a process of earning points for a variety of sustainable actions. These actions include best practices in a variety of areas including natural resource management, energy, economy, planning, health and food. To achieve certification, municipalities will need to complete actions worth a total of 150 points (including two mandatory actions and two of six priority actions) and submit the appropriate documents as evidence that the SMC requirements have been satisfied.