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Environmental Awards and Recognitions
Sustainable Maryland Certified

Environment and Sustainability Awards


 Certified Community Wildlife Habitat In 2016, the National Wildlife Federation recognized Rockville as the 88th certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the United States. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, universities, places of worship, parks, civic and community organizations and others in creating and certifying wildlife-friendly landscapes on their properties. Each individual certified site provides the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young. The program also encourages gardening in an environmentally friendly way, planting native species of plants and replacing lawns with trees, shrubs and other plants.
Sustainable Maryland Certified Community
Rockville was one of the first four Maryland municipalities to become Sustainable Maryland Certified when the program launched in 2012 and successfully became re-certified again in 2015. The program is managed by the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center and sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League. The Sustainable Maryland Certification program provides a platform to engage residents, businesses and elected officials and encourage them all to pursue a sustainable agenda.

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Grant

Since 2014, the City has secured seven Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Grants from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources totaling more than $4.5 million. The grants support stormwater management improvements and stream restoration projects at Glenora Park, Horizon Hill, Dogwood Park, Watkins Pond, and the Upper Watts Branch.

and Energy Leadership Awards

In 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) presented the First Annual Climate and Energy Leadership Awards to recognize and encourage local actions to advance the regional climate and energy goals. Rockville was recognized for outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Rockville’s green building and energy initiatives promote greener and more efficient commercial, residential and municipal buildings.

Maryland Smart Energy Community

Since 2012, Rockville has been recognized by the Maryland Energy Administration as a Maryland Smart Energy Community. Since this time, MEA awarded more than $200,000 in grants to the City to support energy efficiency projects as the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Swim and Fitness Center and Welsh Park.

Green Power Community and Leadership Club

Rockville was named a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Community in 2011 and was the second community in the state to join the program. Committed to being a leader in sustainability, the City purchases wind power renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 100% of City electricity consumption. Rockville is also one of 24 communities recognized by EPA in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Green Power Leadership Club for exemplary green power procurement. Rockville residents, businesses and institutions also contribute to EPA’s community’s ranking as 11th in the nation for total green power use in 2015.
In 2012, Waste & Recycling News named Rockville as one of the nation’s top three residential recycling programs among communities with fewer than 100,000 residents. As a result of substantial program changes and intensive outreach efforts, Rockville has seen a dramatic rise in residential recycling from 35% in 2005 to 52% in 2011.

Bethesda Magazine Green Award

In 2012, Bethesda Green recognized Rockville as a green community for the adoption of a comprehensive sustainability strategy in 2007; greened up zoning and building codes; acquisition of 60 percent of its electricity from wind generation; and implementation of stormwater management, water pollution prevention, tree protection and recycling programs.
College Gardens Park 
Rockville’s College Gardens Park Stormwater Management project received multiple awards and recognitions.
  • Recognized as one of the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Projects of the Year for 2012. It won in the Environment category for projects under $5 million.
  • The Maryland Department of the Environment Smart, Green and Growing Partnership Recognition Award for Sustainable Infrastructure/Innovation in Stormwater Management –July201
  • The Montgomery County Department of Transportation – Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Award of Excellence, Cityscape Level II – 2011 
  • The Montgomery County Department of Transportation – Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Award of Excellence, Cityscape Level I – 2010
  • 2010 Peerless Rockville Preservation Award
  • The Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association – Environmental Award for Partnership with a Civic or Environmental Organization
  • The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture – Gold Leaf Landscape Beautification Award – 2010
  • Certified as a Natural Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Association