Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Baltimore Community Foundation
Announce Constellation’s Investment in a Sustainable Baltimore
Baltimore Energy Challenge & City Schools Sustainability Challenge Funded
BALTIMORE -- February 25, 2013
Today, Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced that Constellation is investing an
additional $450,000 in the Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) and City Schools
Sustainability Challenge (CSSC) programs bringing the company’s total
contribution to $650,000. These innovative and proven programs are designed to
motivate schools, households, businesses and religious institutions to reduce
their energy use, and increase sustainability awareness.
Since the launch of the Sustainability Plan in 2009, Baltimore has become a
national sustainability leader, implementing best practices to grow a green,
healthy and prosperous city. Since 2009, more than 80 schools have
participated in energy and sustainability projects.
“The Baltimore Energy Challenge is an innovative and successful program, and
we’re proud to support sustainable practices in the communities we serve,”
said John Quinn, director, performance and policy, environmental strategy at
Exelon, Constellation’s parent company. “This grant will help to address
important energy reduction goals outlined by the state of Maryland and the
Baltimore Sustainability Commission and aligns with the commitment Exelon and
Constellation have made toinvest inMaryland’s clean energy future.”
“The Baltimore Energy Challenge encourages students and residents to make
simple behavior changes and home improvements that conserve their energy use
and reduces their energy bills. And the City Schools Sustainability Challenge
has played a key role in making our schools greener,” said Mayor
Rawlings-Blake. “The participating communities along with their schools have
engaged, educated and motivated residents to reduce energy use and implement
sustainability practices such as recycling, composting and gardening.”
“We believe that engagement in the City Schools Sustainability Challenge can
be transformational for our students, both academically and personally, while
also making positive contributions to our schools, our communities, and the
city of Baltimore. The challenge demonstrates to our students that they have
the power to initiate change and the ability to make things better for
themselves and others,” said Superintendent Dr. Andres A. Alonso.
For three consecutive years, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the
Baltimore Community Foundation have successfully partnered to create and
administer these two programs that help to advance the goals of the City of
Baltimore’s Sustainability Plan. The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) helps
city residents reduce their energy usage and provides resources to communities
to spread messages about energy conservation; the City Schools Sustainability
Challenge (CSSC) helps schools achieve certification with the state-wide
Maryland Green School Awards program and provides resources for student-led
environmental leadership projects to schools by awarding $1,000 grants.
In 2009, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the
Baltimore Community Foundation, launched BEC as a nine-month pilot program in
eight Baltimore communities and has since become Baltimore’s trusted resource
center for energy efficiency information and education. In 2009, Constellation
Energy invested $200,000 toward the implementation of BEC, and that support
has been critical to the success of the program.
In 2010, BEC unveiled the energy savings results from the pilot: an average of
6.6%. The neighborhood of Park Heights achieved a 12.8% savings. As a result,
12 additional neighborhoods were added and a new model of establishing school
“Energy Hubs” was implemented, where thousands of Energy Challenge Pledges
have been signed and free energy kits distributed.
Since 2010, participation in CSSC has grown dramatically as outreach efforts
have increased and as City Schools has adopted a greater focus on
sustainability. More than a third of all city public schools have now formed
Green Teams and implemented environmental projects with their students through
the CSSC program. Highlights include Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School’s
composting initiative which reduced landfill material by 2.5 yards weekly;
Guilford Elementary School collected 84 gallons of recycling in one week; and
Maritime Industries Academy High School recycled 1 ton of paper.
The announcement was made at the John Eager Howard Elementary School in
Reservoir Hill, one of seven schools which designed and completed both energy
focused, and sustainability focused projects with $2,000 in funds provided by
BEC and CSSC. The wind turbine students built was on display.
Beth Strommen, Director, Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Cheryl
Casciani, Director of Neighborhood Sustainability for the Baltimore Community
Foundation thanked Constellation for its ongoing investment in Baltimore’s and
Maryland’s clean energy future.
For more information visit www.baltimoresustainability.org
Alice Kennedy, LEED Green Associate
Office of Sustainability
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