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Governor O’Malley Welcomes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition To Maryland; Launches Revamped Smart, Green & Growing Website

State’s Green Initiative joins sustainable build on the Eastern Shore

Annapolis, Md. (October 3, 2011) - As Maryland’s Smart, Green and Growing (SGG) Initiative provided a day of programming for volunteers and guests at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sustainable Build in Mardela Springs, Governor Martin O’Malley announced the makeover of the State’s Smart, Green & Growing website The re-design will help citizens, businesses and local governments more easily find their way to an increasing number of sustainable programs, services and ideas.

“Today, as we launch our revamped Smart, Green & Growing web site, we welcome ABC television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to Mardela Springs,” said Governor O’Malley. “The Johnson-Goslee family is very deserving of a new home with sustainable features, and we are very pleased to participate by providing sustainability programming and workshops at the build site.“

Wyzhir Johnson, a Mardela Springs teenager who tragically lost his left hand in a home improvement project on Christmas Eve, and his family were selected after being nominated by another family member. Johnson’s home on Old School Road in Mardela Springs does not sit on an in-ground foundation, which has caused structural issues and improper plumbing has left his family without working showers or bathtubs.

Today’s SGG presentations include workshops on Backyard Habitat, Energy Conservation, Plan Maryland, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Recycling, Recycling, Backyard Habitat, Water Pollution and a Scales and Tales presentation. The programming is being provided by a host of public and private partners, including Grow Berlin Green, Hazel Outdoor Discover Center, Salisbury University, Ward Museum, Worcester County, and the Maryland Departments of Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, and Planning.

Governor O’Malley launched the Smart, Green and Growing Initiative in 2008 to engage every Marylander in the State’s efforts to create a more sustainable future - one that recognizes the inherent connection between our quality of life, our economy and our environment.

SGG brings together state agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to create more livable communities, improve transportation options, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, support resource based industry, invest in green technologies, preserve valuable resource lands and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Whether you’re a citizen interested in planting trees or growing oysters, a business looking to sharing green ideas with other organizations, or a local government looking for help in preparing for sea level rise, Smart, Green & Growing has terrific suite of tools to help you on a greener path,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin.

The more user-friendly and interactive format also encourages regular input from the public. The Idea Bank is a new, ongoing forum in which local governments, businesses and citizens can share green ideas. The initiative is also actively recruiting new Smart, Green & Growing partners, that, by sharing their organization’s own green successes and initiatives, can gain a reputation for being environmentally responsible and inspiring others to take action.

   October 3, 2011

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