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Boonsboro takes step toward 'greener' future

January 07, 2013

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution to allow the town to participate in Sustainable Maryland Certified, a statewide program that encourages and empowers communities to “go green.”

Sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League, Town Creek Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program works by giving municipalities “points” based on different steps taken within the community to address environmental concerns, Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel said.

Once a municipality reaches 150 points, it is recognized and certified for its yearlong efforts, Wetzel said prior to the 4-0 vote.

The program assists municipalities by offering training to improve cost savings while conserving resources, according to documents handed out during Monday’s meeting.

Just four municipalities across the state amassed the required 150 points in 2012, Wetzel said, and Boonsboro will be the first municipality in Washington County to sign up for the program in 2013.

More than 20 other municipalities across the state have already registered, she said.

“There’s a lot of interest in it,” Wetzel said.

Events that already occur in town, like Boonsboro Green Fest, would earn credits, she said.

“There are a lot of things that overlap,” Wetzel said.

Councilwoman Janeen Solberg said the program is a prime example of how volunteers can work directly with Boonsboro officials toward improving the town and the local economy.

“I’m very supportive of it in that respect,” she said.

— C.J. Lovelace

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