TIMONIUM, Md. — The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $30,000 grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The $30,000 grant is a portion of a $1.3 million grant providing funding for 32 projects as part of the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (63) initiative.
“One of our top priorities at EPA is water infrastructure – and the G3 program is showing how we can reduce pollution through local waters and the Chesapeake Bay in affordable, sustainable ways,” said EOA Mid-Atlantic Region Acting Regional Administrator Diana Esher. “These 32 projects awarded this year are vital to protecting our air, water, land, and public health. It is exciting to see so many organizations committed to improving the environment.”
“This funding awarded to the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. will be used to create a green infrastructure master plan for the Maryland State Fairgrounds campus, with a concept design for a high priority stormwater management project, including signage to educate and engage the public in the Fair’s stormwater and environmental commitment,” said Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Board Chairman Gerry L. Brewster.
“This generous grant will help us expand our environmental stewardship initiative to include stormwater management at the Maryland State Fairgrounds,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman. Previous environmental initiatives at the Maryland State Fairgrounds have included installation of solar panels on the Cow Palace and Sheep & Swine Barn, planting of native Maryland trees around the Fairgrounds, participation in Earth Day community clean-up events, and more.
“The environmental programs that we have and will put in place will be truly transformative for the Maryland State Fairgrounds both from an aesthetic and an environmental perspective now and for generations to come,” said Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society President Donna G. Myers.
–Edie M. Bernier, Maryland State Fair