From Harford County Government:
(Bel Air, MD.) – In 2008, County Executive David R. Craig formed the Energy Management Steering Committee, otherwise known as the Green Team, as one of his Environmental Stewardship Initiatives. The goal of the Green Team is to guide energy and resource efficiency practices within the County. In June 2010 as a way to foster a culture of sustainability, the Green Team created the Green Star Program to recognize actions by county employees that demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship, promote energy efficiency and resource management.
Dan Hulsey of the Department of Administration, Facilities and Operations, and Dan Guthrie of the Department of Procurement, were selected as the first recipients of the Green Star of the Quarter from a field of 22 Green Stars that were awarded between June and September 2010. Both were awarded the Green Star for the Property Repurposing and Reuse project. Their efforts created a surplus property management and auction process which results in the recycling and/or reuse of many items that would otherwise go to the landfill. The new process saves space in the landfill and generates revenue for the County as well as saves taxpayer dollars.
In the past, the onsite auction generated about $3,000 per year, but through innovative use of the online format the Internet auction has generated approximately $40,000 per year for a 3 year grand total of approximately $130,000.
The winning selection was voted on by the members of the Green Team. The selection process consisted of two phases. The first phase was an initial review of all 22 Green Stars awarded between June and September of 2010, to identify the top four Green Star awards. The final selection was from the top four awards to identify the Green Star of the Quarter. Each phase was voted on by the Green Team.
To learn more about the Green Star Program and to see all of our Green Stars, please visit our Environmental Stewardship webpage at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/Green/.