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Sustainability Overview

What is Sustainability?

A sustainable system can be defined as a system in which the inputs supporting it are renewable at a useful rate and the waste outputs generated by it can be absorbed by the local environment. Sustainable development has been defined as meeting the needs of the present in a responsible manner without compromising the ability of current and future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability involves the interdependence of the environment, society and economy.

Sustainability in Baltimore County

In Master Plan 2020, Baltimore County adopted a sustainability-based vision to “create and maintain safe and sustainable communities and to achieve a sensible balance of economy, equity and environment.” As a framework for providing services for citizens, sustainability is increasingly being considered across many County agencies and programs.

  • County Sustainability Efforts
    • The County is actively greening its operations. Read about the Green At Work Energy Challenge for employees, the Maryland Green Registry, energy efficient lighting improvements, and other sustainability efforts.
  • Sustainability and Energy Information for Residents and Businesses
    • Learn more about purchasing and installing renewable energy, tax credits for green buildings and energy conservation devices and other ways to go green.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
    • The County had a consultant complete a greenhouse gas inventory based on 2006 emission levels. The report looks at emissions from the residential, commercial, industrial, waste and transportation sectors.
  • Department of Energy Grant (EECBG)
    • Baltimore County received a $7.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to increase energy efficiency in County operations. Multiple energy saving projects were completed for government operations and in the community.
  • Sustainability Network
    • The Sustainability Network was an advisory committee of citizens, private sector and County representatives, who developed recommendations for a sustainability strategy for Baltimore County.

Contact Information

Ayla Haig
Energy and Sustainability Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-887-5854


Revised June 28, 2016        

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