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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. The EPS Sustainability Section is responsible for programs for forest sustainability, environmental education, energy efficiency, and more.

  • County Sustainability Efforts
    • The County is involved in multiple efforts to green its operations. Read about the Green At Work Energy Challenge for employees, our energy efficient lighting improvements, single stream recycling and other sustainability efforts.
  • Sustainability and Energy Information for Residents
    • Learn more about tax credits for green buildings and energy conservation devices, grants for wood stoves, and ways to go green at home, on the go, or at work.
  • 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 are complete for government operations and the community.
  • Sustainability Network
    • The Sustainability Network (SN) is an advisory committee of citizens, private sector, and County representatives, specifically tasked to help develop recommendations for a sustainability strategy for Baltimore County.
  • Environmental Education Programs/Green Schools
    • The Maryland Green School Award  recognizes schools and nature centers in Baltimore County and throughout the State that use nature as a context for learning.
  • Forest Sustainability
    • This program is all about working for healthy forests for today and tomorrow.

Contact Information

Ayla Haig
Sustainability Coordinator

Revised February 26, 2013

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