City of Mount Rainier Receives Sustainable Maryland Certified Award from the University of Maryland

Press Release


Contact: Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager, Sustainable Maryland - University of Maryland, 301-405-7956,

City of Mount Rainier Receives Sustainable Maryland Certified Award from the University of Maryland

College Park, MD (October 15, 2018) – The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland announced that the City of Mount Rainerwas among the eight Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference last Friday in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mount Rainer received its initial certification in 2012, and was re-certified again in 2015 and 2018.

“Mount Rainier has been a bellwether in the state of Maryland with its demonstrated commitment to going green and reducing its environmental footprint,” said Mayor Malinda Miles. “Thanks to volunteers, the City has once again met the Sustainable Maryland Certified re-certification standards.  This is the third time that Sustainable Maryland’s certification goals have been made.  Thank you especially to Green Team Chair Joseph Jakuta for taking the lead and putting Mount Rainier’s re-certification application together.”


According to Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager for Sustainable Maryland, “This year’s class of Sustainable Maryland Certified communities represents significant continued progress on sustainability issues, in small towns and large cities, from all across the state. The Green Teams, elected officials, and municipal staff that have accomplished so much provide both inspiration and real-world examples for their peers to follow.”


A detailed summary of Mount Rainer’s sustainability Actions can be found in their Certification Report, attached as a PDF.

Highlights of Mount Rainer’s accomplishments:

●      The Green Team created a video series called #GreenisLife, which focuses on environmental living in Mount Rainier.

●      The City worked with University of Maryland students and a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer to complete a Municipal Carbon Footprint for the City.

●      The Green Team hosted native plant workshops, plant swaps, and plant sales for the past 8 years.

●      The Mount Rainier Community Garden strted its fifth growing season in the spring of 2018.

●      The City participated in a municipal collaboration with other municipalities in Prince George’s County in an effort to provide energy efficient weatherization upgrades to income-eligible residents for free.


The attached photo shows (from left) Council Member Shivali Shah and Green Team Chair Joseph Jakuta with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference last Friday.

For detailed information about Mount Rainier’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Miranda Braatz, City Manager,, 301-985-6585 Ext: 22