The city of Salisbury was one of 14 municipalities in the state honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference in Solomon’s, Md.
It’s the first municipality in Wicomico County to be Sustainable Maryland Certified.
The city was recognized accomplishments including:
- Providing free Wi-Fi in the Downtown Plaza area to encourage economic activity at local shops.
- Having two green schools, The Salisbury School and Wicomico Day School.
- Replacing 117 traditional bulbs in street lights with LED lights.
- Completing a municipal carbon footprint for the city in 2015.
- Establishing a storm water utility to fund improvements to the storm drain system to improve overall water quality.
- Converting 5,000 square feet of asphalt parking lot to a bio-retention area.
- Creating the Salisbury Downtown Walking Route, which offers a signposted and mile-marked fitness trail for residents and downtown employees, plus a tourist attraction.
- Achieving League of American Bicyclist Bicycle-Friendly City designation.
“As a coastal city just miles from the Chesapeake Bay, Salisbury’s future depends on a symbiotic relationship with nature,” Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said.
“The Sustainable Maryland certification is both a framework for becoming, and an achievement in our efforts to become, a more environmentally friendly city. I am so proud of the many city employees and citizen volunteers who have worked to help us achieve certification,” Day said.
Dan Nees, director of the Environmental Finance Center, said the growth of the program “demonstrates that so many communities across the state are dedicated to healthier, more sustainable futures.
“Every year, the Environmental Finance Center is proud to welcome more municipalities to the Sustainable Maryland community. The shared commitment of local elected officials, municipal staff and green team volunteers in these diverse towns and cities are a testament to Maryland’s vision of resilience,” he said.
Mike Hunninghake, program manager for Sustainable Maryland, said this year’s certified municipalities featured both large cities and small towns from urban and rural parts of the state.
“These communities, while differing in scale and demographics, all recognized the importance of addressing sustainability issues at the local level.
“We are especially pleased by the successful re-certification of all eight Sustainable Maryland Certified municipalities from 2013, which demonstrates the value communities place on our certification designation and the municipal Green Team-Action Plan framework,” he said.