Boonsboro receives Sustainable Maryland award

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the Town of Boonsboro was one of eleven Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s virtual annual Fall Conference last week.

Highlights of Boonsboro’s recent accomplishments include: hosted more than 200 vendors at its 10th annual Boonsboro Green Fest in 2019; adopted a Backyard Chicken Ordinance, encouraging local food production amongst residents; installed the Born Learning Trail at Shafer Park, with activities that families can do together, from fitness to musical challenges; adopted the national Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge and installed a Monarch Waystation at Shafer Park.

“The Town of Boonsboro is very honored and proud to be recertified as a Sustainable Maryland Certified Community for the third time,” said Boonsboro Mayor Howard Long. “It has taken a lot of effort on behalf of many people working for the town, both volunteers and paid employees. We hope to work even harder these next three years and attain Silver status.”

To achieve certification, municipalities are required to form a Green Team comprised of local residents, community leaders, municipal staff and officials; complete a variety sustainability-related Actions worth a total of at least 150 points (including two mandatory actions and two of six priority actions), and submit the appropriate documentation as evidence that the Sustainable Maryland Certified requirements have been satisfied.

According to Mike Hunninghake, program manager for Sustainable Maryland, “This year’s eleven Sustainable Maryland Certified communities represent a broad cross-section of the state, from small towns to large cities, from rural agricultural areas to densely populated urban communities. Each one has demonstrated a firm and on-going commitment to meeting the urgent sustainability challenges we face here in Maryland, and as part of a planetary community in crisis.”