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County Executive Leopold Joins Mayor Cohen in Environmental Stewardship Program for Restaurants

Green businesses are trained and certified

Annapolis (March 23, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold and Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen have teamed up to certify and recognize green restaurants that are using locally grown products, improving energy efficiency, conserving water and providing environmental education.

"Environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive goals," County Executive Leopold said. "Customers will look for that green decal in the window because they value our air, water and land, and businesses who invest in environmentally friendly practices will profit from that stance."

The certification program, run by the Annapolis Department of Neighborhood and environmental Programs, will now recognize restaurants both in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for adopting environmental practices. Certified businesses are given Web site recognition, a certificate, and a decal to display to let their customers know about their efforts.

"This important program has certified 10 Annapolis restaurants since it began one year ago," said Annapolis City Mayor Joshua Cohen. "Partnering with Anne Arundel County means more restaurants can earn this environmental certification."

Other program partners include the Downtown Annapolis Partnership and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Businesses interested in learning more about becoming a Certified Environmental Steward are encouraged to attend a free workshop, Environmental Best Management Practices for Businesses, on April 1, in the City Council Chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Two sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The workshop will provide specifics for operating all businesses in an environmentally friendly way and highlight programs for restaurants such as incorporating locally sourced food into their menus.

For more information, call 410-263-7946 in the City or 410-222-7410 outside the city limits for the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation.


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