Good Things in the Details
The Town's FY24 Budget enabled our Police Department to purchase a new cruiser, pictured above. If you look closely at #39, you will notice one new detail that sets it apart from past vehicles--the green horizontal striping.
I asked for this minor tweak to incorporate and represent our Town's sustainability values in this addition to our vehicle fleet. While #39 is itself a hybrid, environmentally friendly vehicle, it also represents our community wherever it goes. Perhaps, for this reason, our Town's flag also sports the color green on its backdrop.
So, what does the green represent? Here are many of the ways our community strives to protect the environment:
- Investing more than $1M in federal funds provided under the American Rescue Plan Act for stormwater management efforts in Town (with the adoption of the FY24 Budget)
- Creating the Town's first Memorandum of Understanding with PG County to begin upgrades to the Town's stormwater management infrastructure starting with Ward 5 at Clagett Road and Clagett-Pineway, with County funding (construction to begin soon)
- Installing solar panels in 2013 on the UP Elementary School to offset Town electricity usage and, most recently, support Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers on Queens Chapel Road (click here for an interactive dashboard to see precisely how much clean energy is being generated)
- Partnership with the EV Institute to install the EV chargers
- Adoption of a "Climate Action Framework" to promote a sustainability mindset in every action the Town undertakes
- Development of the Town's Pollinator Meadow
- Active citizenry that manages the Town's Meadow and cleans our streams each year
- Watchful residents that proactively report sediment runoff impacting our streams and assist in remediation activities
- Reimbursing residents for planting shade trees
- Banning gas powered leaf blowers (effective Jan. 2024) and providing residents with rebates up to $100 for the purchase of any electric or battery-operated lawn equipment
- Implementing and managing the Town's composting program
- Conducting a community recycling event twice a year (Spring and Fall) for electronic equipment, tires, and paint (previous information flyer available here)
- Promoting the PG County Raincheck Program that provides rebates for cisterns, green roofs, pavement removal, permeable pavement, rain barrels, rain gardens, and tree planting
You can learn more about these programs by visiting the Town's Sustainability Committee homepage and the Trees, Parks, and Environment Committee homepage.
In closing, when you see #39 out in Town, look for the green details, and think about all the ways University Park is working to promote sustainability practices and stewardship of our environment.
Mayor, Town of University Park
301.351.0553 - Cellular (text for a faster response)
301.927.4262, Extension 100 - Office