CSM earns Mary­land Green Registry Lead­er­ship Award

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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