Efficient Use of Energy & Resources

Maryland’s decisions about how we use and reuse our resources, where and how to grow and build, and what we keep or lose are our legacy for the future. The One DNR Plan creates a list of goals and actions to guide the department towards making decisions that help the environment and provide cost savings.

In nature, the waste from one process serves as the raw materials for another process, resulting in a cyclic flow of resources that create the conditions that are conducive to life. An efficient economy and society replicates this natural approach.

If you have questions contact Sean McGuire at smcguire@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 260-8727.

Secure Green, Resource Efficient Services

Divert, Purchase Green, Reuse, and Recycle Products

  • Develop, implement and track a Green Procurement Plan
    • Department of General Services (DGS) is greening the State’s procurement process. As a point of departure, we have established a list of recyclable products which include commodities such as: office supplies, water, textiles, paper towels, various janitorial supplies, paper products, traffic barrels, barricades and cones, pallets, re-refined lubricating oil and more.
  • Reduce paper purchasing by 50% by 2012
    • DNR is using double-sided printing and reducing the amount of materials being printed to help move towards this goal.
  • Recycle 50% of consumed paper by 2012

Maximize Resource Use & Efficiency

Consolidate Offices & Design Sustainable Existing & New Facilities

  • Consolidate DNR facilities to maximize use and resource consumption
  • DNR facilities will employ sustainable applications and techniques
    • DNR facilities and parks will have demonstration and exhibit areas to showcase new technologies and practices that citizens can try in their communities and homes.

Chesapeake Bay Health Information Maryland's Green Website

Sustainability Tip

Install a rain garden or rain barrel to catch rainwater. Stormwater rushing off of roofs and lawns carries pollution directly into streams and the Bay. Rain gardens and rain barrels slow the water down and keep pollution out of our waters. Click here for other helpful information.

Join the Sustainability Network

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The Sustainability Network is a place where interested citizens, businesses and organizations can share ideas on projects and make connections between others who share their interest.