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The City of Hagerstown is a Sustainable Maryland community!  We are recognized for our community’s efforts to go green, save money, and sustain our quality of life for the future.

The "Sustainable Maryland Certified" designation signifies the city as one of the leading municipalities in the state. Hagerstown is now the western-most municipality to receive the certification.

“I am proud and honored for the City of Hagerstown to be recognized with the Sustainable Maryland certification,” said Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts.  “This recognition validates the vision of the elected body and leadership of the city and all the hard work of committed staff and citizens to bring our vision of a sustainable community into reality.  The Sustainable Maryland program and process has served as a guide as we build upon successes of the past toward setting even higher sustainability goals for the future.

Highlights of Hagerstown’s accomplishments include:

  • Home to three Maryland Green Schools
  • Hosts a weekly Farmers Market and Community Garden
  • Received “Bicycle Friendly Community” designation from League of American Bicyclists
  • Features a robust Buy Local campaign, including Center City Dollars, pop-up shops, and various festivals
  • Partners with Recyclebank to provide an innovative recycling incentive program
  • Adopted a Green Purchasing Policy for procurement of municipal goods and services
  • Developed a Water Conservation Plan
  • Adopted a “Livable Streets” policy to foster a pedestrian, bicycle and transit-friendly environment wherever possible
  • Remained a Tree City USA community for 30 years

Click here to see a detailed summary of Hagerstown’s sustainability actions in the Certification Report.
For additional information about Hagerstown’s sustainability initiatives, please contact City Engineer Rodney Tissue at 301-739-8577 ext. 125 or

About Sustainable Maryland:
Sustainable Maryland is an initiative of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland that is designed to support Maryland's 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in resource areas like water, energy, planning, health, food, and economy, a municipality can earn points toward sustainability certification.

Sustainable Maryland offers a customizable menu of concrete actions, allowing communities to select initiatives that best fit their specific needs. This free and voluntary program, with the support of the Maryland Municipal League, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Town Creek Foundation, helps communities choose a direction for their greening efforts; complete their chosen actions with help from program tools, trainings, expert guidance, and other resources; and be recognized statewide for their accomplishments.

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