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Environmental Sustainability Board

The Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity Board is a group of experts who vol­un­teer their time to make Howard County greener, health­ier, and more sus­tain­able. The Board formed in 2007 as a rec­om­men­da­tion of the Com­mis­sion on the Envi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­abil­ity. The Board assists in the imple­men­ta­tion of the County’s envi­ron­men­tal agenda, pro­vid­ing both advice and review. Board mem­bers include experts in energy, air/water qual­ity, envi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance, com­mu­nity out­reach and edu­ca­tion, tran­sit, green build­ing, and envi­ron­men­tal health.

The Board com­pleted an inven­tory of the county’s envi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­ity efforts and rec­om­mended pri­or­i­ties the County should take. Pri­or­i­ties include Air and Water Qual­ity, Green Infra­struc­ture, Green Build­ing, Edu­ca­tion and Out­reach, Energy Con­ser­va­tion, and Land Acqui­si­tion and Preservation.

The Board meets monthly and agen­das are avail­able on their web­page. The Board sum­ma­rizes it’s progress and reports on the activ­i­ties of the Office of Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity in its annual reports. These are also avail­able on the webpage.

Green Tip

Use cloth napkins.It’s actually cheaper to throw cloth napkins in the wash than to buy paper ones.