Laurel Highlighted in Bigbelly Blog! - June 24, 2022
Bigbelly recognized the City’s innovative ways to reach out to residents while encouraging recycling and litter control in their June 22nd edition of Beyond the Bin. Read it for yourself at the link here.
FoamStream Demonstration - June 9, 2022
Laurel's Department of Parks and Recreation held a demonstration for the Mayor, City Council and public on Thursday, June 9th.
At this demo, they learned of a new organic tool in the City's toolbox that keeps chemicals out of Laurel’s ecosystem, all the while killing unsightly overgrowth in our garden beds.
The City of Laurel is the first municipality in Maryland to start using the FoamStream system that is an eco-friendly, cost-effective product that checks off all the boxes for sustainability.
FoamStream originated in the United Kingdom and it uses 99.5% water and .5% plant oil and sugars to get rid of weeds. But how does it kill weeds? The active ingredient is HEAT. The system heats up to a temperature of 180 degrees.
This product is safe for use around people, pets and water.
Planet | People | Prosperity
Welcome to the City of Laurel’s Green Living page: A hub for residents and businesses to explore and support Laurel’s sustainability initiatives, track progress, and get involved!
- View the presentation of our Phase I Sustainability Framework Study completed by the city and partners Cadmus and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
- Discover ways to get involved, be heard, and make a difference!
- Check out what Laurel is already doing to become more sustainable.
- Find and support local businesses that share our mission.
The City of Laurel defines sustainability as meeting the environmental, social, and economic needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. As such, the City of Laurel is committed to moving its operations and the community towards a more sustainable future that considers the following:
Planet - practicing responsible environmental management and conservation.
People - embracing social equity, fairness, health, and wellness.
Prosperity - supporting local businesses and local economic growth.
Laurel’s Environmental Milestones
The City of Laurel has a long history of being environmentally conscious. It has been designated a Tree City USA since 1993, created an Environmental Affairs Committee in 2003, has been a Sustainable Maryland Certified City since October of 2015. Most recently, Mayor Craig Moe established the first Department of Environmental Programs.
In 2017, Mayor Craig A. Moe and the Laurel City Council joined leaders across the state and country in signing the “We Are Still In” initiative to continue to uphold commitments to the Paris Climate Accord.
“I think it’s important that we continue to honor all the environmental safeguards that the agreement put into place,” Mayor Moe says. “We take our obligation to protect the environment very seriously in the City of Laurel and we don’t plan to stop now.”
The “We Are Still In” initiative is the work of a national coalition which is focusing on how to maintain the Paris Climate Agreement and mitigate the effects of global warming.
- 1993 Designated a Tree City, USA
- 2003 Established Environmental Affairs Committee
- 2007 Laurel debuts single-stream recycling
- 2015 Earns Sustainable Maryland Certification
- 2017 City of Laurel pledges to uphold Paris Climate Accord commitments
- 2019 Piloted Organics recycling program (composting)
- 2021 Created Department of Environmental Programs
- Mayor Moe issues Executive Order eliminating single-use straws and stirrers
- Presented Sustainability Framework Study with CoG & Cadmus
- 2022 Ordinance No. 1977 takes effect, prohibiting disposable plastic bags in retail establishments
Tip It or Toss It!
We Want to Hear from YOU!
Do you want a more bike friendly Laurel? More accessible recycling options? Expand our curbside organics collection? What does One and Done really do? How can we reduce methane gas emissions – heck, what is methane gas? Do you want to support Green businesses in Laurel? We have complied a list of local businesses that support at least one or more of the City’s sustainable goals.
What can we all do to improve life for our residents, businesses and our environment in Laurel?
Explore the Green Living website, learn how Laurel is moving toward a more sustainable future, and get involved. There are many opportunities for residents and businesses to have their voices heard - join one of the City’s committees, volunteer in one of the City’s clean up days, planting days or recycle events.
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