Governor O'Malley Encourages Marylanders To Be Smart, Green & Growing This Weekend

10.10.10. is Global Doing Day

Queen Anne, Md. (October 8, 2010) — As citizens across the globe prepare to participate in Global Doing Day this weekend, Governor Martin O’Malley reminds Marylanders that fall is a great time to be Smart, Green and Growing.

“Marylanders are doing a tremendous job in adopting environmentally friendly practices,” said Governor O’Malley. “However, this is a great time for each of us to remember can always do more to reduce our impact on our planet.”

Governor O’Malley created Maryland’s Smart, Green & Growing (SGG) initiative in 2008 to help Maryland achieve a more sustainable future. The initiative links community revitalization, transportation improvements, economic development, smart growth and environmental restoration efforts. Under SGG citizen stewardship programs, Marylanders have planted and registered more than 46,000 trees, are growing out young oysters in 19 Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and are supporting efforts to connect children with nature and promote environmental literacy.

Marylanders can act this weekend by:

Planting trees. Fall is the best time to plant a tree. Trees clean our air and provide important wildlife habitat. Through Governor O’Malley’s Marylanders Plant Trees program, citizens can download a coupon for $25 off the purchase of a native Maryland tree at participating nurseries. Learn more at http://trees.maryland.gov.

Turning off air conditioning/heat. Open your windows when it gets warm or use a blanket when it gets cool for the weeks leading into winter. Heating and cooling usage accounts for 50 to 70 percent of the energy used in the average American home. Begin to prepare for cooler weather by securing loose insulation and checking for any air gaps in your attic, garage, or crawl space.

Checking cars. Make sure cars are all tuned up to be more environmentally friendly. Inflating and aligning tires, monitoring the engine, replacing oil and the air filter on time and taking care of leaks quickly all play an important role in a car's performance and its effect on air pollution.

Being a clean boater. Beautiful fall weather makes for great boating and fishing in Maryland. Help protect our waterways by being a clean boater. When filling up your boat with fuel, tanks should only be filled to 90 percent capacity. "Topping off" nearly always results in a petroleum spill when fuel rushes out the vent and over the side, which can be fatal to aquatic life.

Skipping the dryer. Clothes driers are energy hogs. Try a drying rack or clothesline every once and a while. This will also cut energy costs a bit.

Leaving No Trace. Conservation-minded fall hikers, anglers and hunters leave no trace after enjoying the outdoors, leaving the land as they found it (or cleaner!). Take all personal belongings out of the woods with you and pick up trash that others may have left behind.

Sunday has been dubbed, “10.10.10 Global Doing Day,” when thousands of events will take place in 185 countries, making this the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. More doing ideas are available at www.green.maryland.gov.


   October 8, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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