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For Immediate Release: 4/29/2013
|Leggett Announces Launch of Green Landscape Business Certification Program; Seven Businesses Already Certified
At an event in Garrett Park today, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recognized the first seven businesses to be certified under the County’s new Green Landscape Business Certification Program (GLBCP). The GLBCP is a collaboration between the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and Montgomery College. The program expands eligibility for the Green Business Certification Program beyond businesses with office-based operations to the landscaping sector. It emphasizes actions landscape companies can take for their clients to enhance County environmental goals, including reducing or eliminating pesticides and fertilizers; planting native canopy trees; installing rain gardens to capture and filter stormwater; creating conservation landscapes; reducing mowing areas to cut emissions; and conserving water.
♦ Integrated pest management and plants;
♦ Water and soil; and
♦ Organizational commitment and office operations.
DEP staff visits an applicant’s office and two to three of its worksites to confirm they are meeting sustainable practice guidelines.
♦ Gracefully Green, LLC, Rockville, offers landscape consulting and design services, specializing in sustainability. It recognizes the functionality and beauty of landscapes and strives to achieve these qualities in harmony with nature and the needs of the people. Its specialty is conducting a site assessment, or landscape audit, to guide property owners in selecting sustainability best practices that make the most sense for their landscapes and achieve better water and soils management, better biodiversity, better ecology and better gardens.
|Release ID: 13-122
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6507
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