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Frederick Wins Major Sustainability Award

Frederick got points for a number of things, including having a citizens-based green team, green purchasing, an idling policy in the city, and stream restoration.
FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick is one of eight municipalities in the entire State of Maryland to get a prestigious award for sustainability.

Frederick is now 'sustainable Maryland certified' by the Environmental Finance Office at the University of Maryland.

"It's not only the latest trending type thing in the nation, but it's important. It does provide cost savings, like the light bulbs being replaced in the parking deck. It was really a staggering amount of money because they use less energy, so they have to be replaced less often," said Joe Adkins, deputy director of planning for the City of Frederick.

The municipalities are chosen based on a point system. Frederick got points for a number of things, including having a citizens-based green team, green purchasing, an idling policy in the city, and stream restoration.

"From the city's point of view, you're saving money," Adkins said. "That's good for the taxpayers to help reduce the tax rates or keep the tax rates level. All around it's a good idea."

Those with the city hope to continue their work towards a greener future.

"At the beginning of 2014, the City of Frederick will be hiring a sustainability manager, so hopefully this person will be taking over all of the efforts that we have been doing up to this time, " Adkins said. "Hopefully we'll be able to go even further." 

Frederick is the only place in western Maryland to receive the award.
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