ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The Howard County Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Environmental Services has announced nomination forms are now available for its annual “Business Recycling and Waste Reduction” and “Green Community Leadership” awards. Deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 16th.

Recognizing businesses who earn these awards builds upon the progress we have made over the last five years to be the national model on energy independence and environmental protection, including planting more than 67,000 trees during the last five years, expanding our food scrap program to nearly 68% of residents, becoming the first county in the nation to receive a LEED Platinum Certification under the current version, signing the largest solar Power Purchase Agreement in Maryland, and preserving more than 23,000 acres of farmland. Through their actions, dedication and support of our goal to create a clean and energy independent environment, these groups are showing us all that meaningful change can come from all around us.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

The Business Recycling and Waste Reduction Award recognizes Howard County businesses for their efforts during the 2023 calendar year. The Green Community Leadership Award recognizes a Howard County-based community group, school or organization that demonstrates efforts, projects or programs that help protect Howard County’s natural environment and preserve its resources. This award is open to community groups, schools and organizations that are based in Howard County. 
Nomination forms are available online at www.workgreenhoward.org. All nominations must be delivered or postmarked by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 11th to: Meleine Yao, Recycling Coordinator, 9801 Broken Land Parkway, Columbia, MD 21046, or email myao@howardcountymd.gov (email preferred). 
Awards will be presented at the 17th annual Howard County GreenFest on Saturday, April 13th at Howard Community College. 
For more information, or to request a nomination form in an alternate format, contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 410-313-6444 or email help@howardcountyrecycles.org. For information about the Bureau’s Work Green program, visit www.workgreenhoward.org.   

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