Sustainable Maryland Certified

Project Summary

Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center designed to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in resource areas like water, energy, planning, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability certification. 


Please click here to view a list of organizations lent the time and talent of their staff to participate on SMC’s task forces.  


US EPA, Town Creek Foundation, and Maryland Municipal League

 Related Documents

♦ Green Team Handbook    

♦ SMC Orientation (presentation)   

♦ Closing the Loop: How Green Purchasing Policies Can Help Local Governments Create Sustainable Communities 

Social Media

Follow SMC on Facebook for the latest news on Sustainable Maryland Certified and other sustainability-related community projects, events, photo essays, and more!


Berlin, Ocean City recognized for Sustainable Maryland initiatives, DelmarvaNow, June 26th, 2015

College Park Council Oks plans for a community garden in Old Town, The Diamondback, April 29, 2015

Communities gather to discuss green ideas, initiatives, The Frederick News-Post, March 27, 2015 

County’s small towns look to sustainable improvements, The Frederick News-Post, February 20, 2015

♦ State honors Boonsboro for several green efforts, Herald Mail Media, October 5, 2014

♦ Five Prince George’s municipalities recognized for sustainability efforts, Gazette.Net, October 2, 2014

♦ Takoma Park tops list of sustainable certified municipalities, Gazette.Net, September 24, 2014

♦ UMD Honors Local Communities for Sustainability Efforts, UMD Right Now, September 19, 2014

♦ Chesapeake Beach earns sustainability certification, SoMd News, September 19, 2014

Town of Chesapeake Beach receives Sustainable Maryland certification,, September 19, 2014

♦ Annapolis Earns Sustainable Maryland Certification, Eye On Annapolis, October 28, 2013

♦ UMD Honors College Park for Achieving "Green" Status, UMD Right Now, October 23, 2013

♦ Annapolis Awarded Sustainable Maryland Certification, Baltimore News Journal, October 18, 2013

♦ Bowie Becomes Eighth Certified Sustainable Community in Maryland, Bowie Patch, May 14, 2013


For additional information on the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program please view the website at or contact Mike Hunninghake at 301.405.7956 or