Sustainability Efforts Countywide
Baltimore County has expanded their sustainability efforts over the years with input from County employees, residents, and advocates for the environment. These efforts help decrease costs for County operations, reduce waste and encourage recycling, increase energy efficiency, and promote alternative green lifestyle choices.
Green at Work Energy Challenge for Baltimore County Employees
The “Green at Work” project focuses on encouraging County employees to become more energy conscious of their everyday tasks. A “Green @ Work Energy Challenge” was created where employees can pledge online to actions that lead to reductions in energy use. Articles are sent on different sustainable issues as well. This project also provides resources for employees that will be available for residents and business owners in the near future. If you'd like more information about the program or ways your business can adopt the program, you can contact Ayla Haig for resources.
Single Stream Recycling
Baltimore County has a single stream recycling program which allows residents to set out more materials for recycling collection and also offers new ways to set out these recyclables. By reducing our waste and recycling as much as possible, we can preserve the life of the County's landfill.
Green Building Program
The Green Building Program promotes energy and resource efficiency and environmentally friendly building techniques within its funding for affordable housing. Baltimore County has a number of LEED certified buildings throughout the County. Some of them are listed below with links to information about the site's design and their green cleaning programs.
- Liberty Center, Randallstown: LEED Certified for Commercial Interiors
- Randallstown Community Center (PDF) : LEED Certified for New Construction
- Educational signage is on site.
- Jacksonville Recreation and Senior Center (PDF) : LEED Certified for New Construction
- Educational signage is on site.
- Sollers Point Multipurpose Center: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Dundalk Community Center (PDF) : LEED Silver for New Construction – Major Renovation
- The Community Center has display boards for green education for occupants and visitors.
- Arbutus Library and Senior Center: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Baltimore County Public Library- Perry Hall Branch: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Arbutus Recreation Center: LEED Gold for New Construction
- Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture: LEED Gold for New Construction
Green Building Tax Credit
Baltimore County enacted Maryland's first green building property tax credit to encourage development of high performance buildings. The tax credit is available to the owner of a Baltimore County commercial or residential building with completed certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Residents are also able to receive a tax credit for green buildings or the installation of an energy conservation device. More information can be found at the Sustainability Resources for Residents website.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Baltimore County Revenue Authority has installed eight electric vehicle (EV) plug-in charging stations in Towson, two in each of the County parking garages. These charging stations are funded by a Department of Energy grant, and for the first two years, the stations will be free of charge. However, you do need a credit card to unlock the charging station. Components for the electric vehicles will be manufactured at GM Baltimore operations in 2013 at the White Marsh factory.
The four parking garages now equipped with charging stations are located at the following addresses in Towson:
- 100 West Susquehanna Avenue
- 110 West Susquehanna Avenue
- 115 Towsontown Boulevard
- 108 Ware Avenue
Regional Energy Buying Co-op
The Purchasing Division is an active participant with the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BRCPC). The most successful effort has been the purchase of electricity and natural gas. BRCPC has utilized the portfolio approach to manage risk and secure competitive market prices. BRCPC, through the guidance of an energy consultant, uses the State license and PJM (regional transmission organization) membership of a transactional contractor to make wholesale market purchases on the grid.
The County is expanding the update of lighting systems through the retrofit or replacement of fixtures and control devices. New lamp and ballast technologies allow for increased lighting levels, lower energy consumption, longer lamp life, reduced maintenance costs, and less impact to the environment. We continue to seek new methods to make facilities even more energy efficient by researching, studying, and introducing new and alternative lighting products, including LED, next generation fluorescent lighting, occupancy and daylight sensors, and centralized lighting control systems.
Low Impact Cleaning Products
The County's green cleaning program focuses on cleaning for health without harming the environment. Healthy High Performance Cleaning improves indoor air quality, creates healthier facilities for everyone, increases worker productivity, may reduce sick days and associated health care costs, minimizes exposure to aggressive chemicals, reduces water and air pollution, and reduces waste with recyclable packaging.
Global Positioning System (GPS) Routing for County Vehicles
The route optimizer will prescribe an efficient schedule that should increase productivity, while reducing fuel consumption, by minimizing travel time to various locations through out the workday. Operations involving vehicles with multiple stops per day and those responding to unscheduled maintenance calls will benefit the most from this program.
Revised June 20, 2013