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Office of Community Sustainability

Con­tact the Howard County Office of Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity at 410−313−0700.

Many view the word “sus­tain­abil­ity” as being syn­ony­mous with the term “green.” Sus­tain­abil­ity actu­ally encom­passes much more than envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. Cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able region for our­selves and future gen­er­a­tions will require a com­pre­hen­sive approach that addresses envi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and social needs.

Sus­tain­abil­ity plan­ning in Howard County involves a vari­ety of depart­ments such as, Plan­ning and Zon­ing, Pub­lic Works, Recre­ation and Parks and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment. To help coor­di­nate sus­tain­abil­ity efforts across depart­ments, the Office of Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity was cre­ated in 2008, mak­ing it the first Office of Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity in the State. The name of the Office changed, in 2015, to the Office of Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity in order to bet­ter rep­re­sent the pri­or­i­ties of the Office, which are much broader than envi­ron­men­tal protection.

The Howard County Office of Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity aims to pro­tect and enhance nat­ural resources and the qual­ity of life in our com­mu­nity through the con­ser­va­tion, preser­va­tion, and restora­tion of our land, air, and water, guided by the prin­ci­ples of sci­ence, inge­nu­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity, and stewardship.

The Office of Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity also pur­sues grants to sup­port pro­grams across agen­cies. About $5 mil­lion has been secured to sup­port energy, envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion and trees, food pol­icy, and stormwa­ter man­age­ment. Most of these funds directly sup­port local busi­nesses and jobs.

Green Tip

Turn off water while brushingTurning off the water between rinses can save at least two gallons in one brushing session.