Programmatic Buy-In Increases Funding Opportunities
Strategizing for the financial sustainability of “green” projects is particularly important for municipalities looking to utilize these programs in the future, as well as approach new funders successfully.
Many Federal and State programs require buy-in from communities who seek funding. Buy-in can be in the form of matching funds or a quid-pro-quo of programs that benefit the client’s community resilience, if not financial sustainability. One such program is the Sustainable Maryland (SM) Program. SM is a certification program for municipalities in Maryland that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. SM is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Municipal League to replicate the success of the Sustainable Jersey initiative throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, beginning in Maryland.
SM certification signifies a community's willingness to participate in Federal and State "green" initiatives, and may facilitate approvals and access to funding in the future.
Eleventh House's Contribution:
- Identified program and recommended action
- Compiled existing initiatives and appropriate documentation to achieve certification
- Created a comprehensive website to document, educate, and showcase the communities green initiatives
- Interface with Mayor and town office
- Created a Green Team