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Laurel: Saving residents money on flood insurance

Residents of Laurel now have lower flood insurance premiums because of the community’s initiatives to implement better floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk and to reward communities, their residents and businesses […]

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Hogan launches program to support urban agriculture

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the launch of a Small Acreage Cover Crop Program to support small farm producers and urban agriculture. The pilot program is operated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and aimed at helping historically underserved farmers and communities build healthy soils, increase yields, sequester carbon and improve local water quality. Financial assistance […]

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MEA launches grant program

The Maryland Energy Administration has announced the fiscal 2023 Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency Grant Program. Available to nonprofit organizations and local governments on a competitive basis, the program provides cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades to homes and buildings that serve Maryland’s low-and-moderate-income residents. This program also provides more efficient homes and buildings that will lower utility […]

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MEA announces low-income solar grant program

The Maryland Energy Administration has announced that applications are now being accepted for the fiscal 2023 Low Income Solar Grant Program. Through the program, MEA will support the design and installation of solar energy systems for a limited number of low-income Maryland households that have received an energy audit and significant energy efficiency upgrades during […]

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Howard first county in nation to receive LEED Platinum certification in program

Howard County has been designated as a LEED Platinum community ― the highest designation possible ― under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities and Communities certification program. By undergoing a LEED for Cities and Communities version 4.1 review, Howard County has demonstrated leadership and accountability by measuring their progress in important criteria. […]