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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Rockville Honored as Maryland Sustainability Champion

City Receives Sustainable Maryland Honor for a Third Time

Rockville, Maryland, Oct. 26 – The University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center recognized the City of Rockville as a Sustainable Maryland community for a third time, at the Maryland Municipal League’s fall conference on Oct. 12 in Annapolis.

The city earned the Sustainability Champion designation by amassing more points than any other community for sustainability efforts. The Sustainable Maryland recertification award recognizes the city for sustainability accomplishments that include:

  • Designation as a Tree City USA for 28 consecutive years.
  • A ranking as one of the 10 most diverse cities in the United States, with a Mayor and Council who regularly engage community members in exploring ways to continue building a community that thrives on inclusion through many diversity programs.
  • Being home to seven certified Maryland Green Schools and a certified Maryland Green Center that supports schools working towards green school certification.
  • Operating, for more than 40 years, a community garden at Woottons Mill Park, which hosts 178 plots available for rent by community members.
  • Conducting health assessments of its three watersheds – Cabin John Creek, Watts Branch and Rock Creek, and implementing a comprehensive watershed stewardship/pollution prevention outreach program.

The city previously received Sustainable Maryland certification in 2012 and 2015. Jurisdictions are required to periodically reapply to maintain certification. Rockville is one of eight jurisdictions honored this year. Learn more at

For more information about the city’s efforts to enhance Rockville’s high quality of life through sustainability efforts, visit or contact Erica Shingara, Rockville’s sustainability coordinator, at or 240-314-5000.

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Photo of the City of Rockville receiving award as a Sustainable Maryland community.

The City of Rockville was honored as a Sustainable Maryland community at the Maryland Municipal League’s fall conference on Oct. 12 in Annapolis. Pictured above (L to R) are: Rockville Green Team member Steve Sprague; Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton; Green Team member Larissa Johnson; Rockville’s chief of environmental management, Mark Charles; Councilmember Virginia D. Onley; and Green Team Chair John Becker.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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