By Chuck Porcari, Board Chair of Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund 

I am excited to share with you our announcement that Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs has been awarded the organization’s first annual President Theodore Roosevelt Award, acknowledging the community’s remarkable record of progress in publicly beneficial sustainable activities.

The President Theodore Roosevelt Award – to be presented annually on the October 27 anniversary of the birth of President Theodore Roosevelt – recognizes the individual, group, or organization who through a specific action, event, or body of work leaves a positive conservation legacy that mirrors the ethos of President Roosevelt.

Among the specific actions taken have been the construction of solar arrays – including one to power the Frederick County community’s new $19.5 million wastewater treatment plant, the installation of a solar-powered algae control system in Rainbow Lake – the local drinking water supply – the installation of LED lighting in streetlights and an ongoing Streetscape project focused on walkability and environmentally beneficial architecture. Check out their plan here.

Today, 95 percent of the energy required to power municipal buildings and other facilities in Emmitsburg comes from renewable sources, while the entire effort is overseen by the “Emmitsburg Green Team,” made up of elected officials, town staff, and interested members of the community.

Earlier this year, the State of Maryland awarded Emmitsburg with its Maryland Green Registry 2017 Leadership Award.

On behalf of our Education Fund board, thank you.