'Sustainable Annapolis' Extended To Homes

April 26, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon | Tyeesha Dixon,tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com

The City of Annapolis has announced a new program intended to educate residents about how to make their homes more environmentally friendly.

The Environmental Stewardship Self-Certification Program for Households is similar to a program created in February for restaurants. Now, residents can earn the point-based certification by:

* Recycling

* Planting gardens

* Buying local produce

* Installing energy-efficient lighting

* Conserving water

Earlier this month, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer awarded the first round of certifications for several local restaurants. The city plans to offer similar programs for lodging, auto repair shops, retail stores and office buildings.

The certification programs are part of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs' Sustainable Annapolis initiative, which works to "reduce the city's carbon footprint" and promote environmental health.

Residents interested in participating in the program can view the workbook at www.sus tainableannapolis.com.

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