CSM earns Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award
The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2016 Leadership Award to the College of Southern Maryland for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices at an annual membership and awards event June 14 at the World Trade Center in Baltimore.
“CSM recognizes the efforts of our staff to encourage sustainability and help protect the environment,” CSM President Brad Gottfried said in a press release. “We are honored to be recognized for our hard work and leadership.”
Over the past few years, the CSM’s Environmental Sustainability Committee set annual environmental performance goals and achieved many projects that led to this recognition, according to the release.
“Our achievements were a collaborative effort by students, faculty and staff. With student support, the college installed a filtered water filling station on each campus saving more than 10,000 water bottles from going into the landfill as of this June,” committee Chairman Tony Jernigan, vice president of financial and administrative services, said in the release.
The college has also conserved energy by installing a green roof on the Prince Frederick Campus and LED lights on all campuses. Other initiatives resulted in waste reduction from the increased use of electronic forms and applications, imaging software and reduced laboratory waste through the use of microscale experiments.
Speaking at the awards event, Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said, “The organizations we are honoring are true leaders in showing the way toward an environmentally sustainable future and a thriving econo- my in Maryland. The two go hand-in-hand, shown by the $104 million in annual savings for Green Registry members.”
With more than 500 Maryland Green Registry members, the state has reduced 539,000 pounds of hazardous waste and 12.1 million pounds of non-hazardous waste from reaching landfills, Grumbles said in the press release. It has also recycled 710 million pounds of waste, has composted 9.6 million pounds of material, has reduced 2.75 million gallons of wastewater, conserved 154 million gallons of water, has saved 474 million kilowatts of electricity and has reduced carbon emissions by the equivalent of 2.76 million metric tons, he said.
CSM Environmental Sustainability Committee Chairman Tony Jernigan, financial and administrative services vice president, left, is joined by committee members Rose Miller, a nursing instructor, executive assistant Jennifer Everhart and Dorothy Hill, senior media relations coordinator, following the Maryland Green Registry event in Baltimore. The college received the registry’s leadership award.
Members of the CSM’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, from left, Dorothy Hill, senior media relations coordinator, Tony Jernigan, financial and administrative services vice president, and executive assistant Jennifer Everhart are joined by Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles at the Maryland Green Registry Awards at the World Trade Center in Baltimore.