Calvert County Citizens Green Team Announces Sustainable Business Awards

Nominations Are Being Accepted Through September 20

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (September 7, 2010)—Businesses are increasingly implementing sustainable practices that help reduce energy use and preserve resources as a way to build consumer goodwill while improving the bottom line. The Calvert County Citizens Green Team has created the Sustainable Business Awards, sponsored by the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners to recognize local businesses and builders that are helping make the county a more sustainable community.

The annual Sustainable Business Awards will be offered in two categories. The Sustainable Business of the Year award will honor a Calvert County business that has installed a significant energy-saving project within the last two years and/or is selling or providing a certified green product. The business will have actively worked to inform the public about the new project or product, provided documentation that the product meets energy savings goals and prominently and effectively posted green project or product endorsement on the business Web site and in promotional materials.

The Sustainable Builder of the Year award will be presented to a Calvert County builder that has constructed a certified green house within the last two years. Projects may be certified through the National Association of Home Builders, Energy Star, Green Globe or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Nominees will have documented and/or projected the energy savings of the project. Additional criteria to be considered are the implementation and effectiveness of the stormwater management plan and the location of the building site in proximity to a town center.

Nominations for both awards will be accepted through September 20. Individuals, businesses and organizations are eligible for nomination, and self nomination is accepted. Nomination forms are available at the Department of Planning & Zoning, 150 Main Street, Room 304, Prince Frederick or online at Awards will be presented at a Board of County Commissioners’ meeting in October, 2010.

The Calvert County Citizens Green Team is a group of county residents and business owners working to promote sustainable practices in the community. The team coordinates the annual Calvert County Green Expo.

Source: Calvert County Government

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