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March 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: March 13, 2009                                                     Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen

                                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511



MHEC Now Linked to Department of Natural Resources'

Smart, Green and Growing Website

BALTIMORE, MD (March 13, 2009) -  Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently added the Maryland Higher Education Commission to its Smart, Green and Growing website along with several other State agencies. The Smart, Green and Growing site (green.maryland.gov) is a major initiative by Governor O’Malley to promote Maryland’s commitment to “a cleaner, greener, more environmentally sustainable place to live,” said Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr.

The site features a message from Secretary Lyons praising Governor O’Malley’s “bold and unwavering commitment to ensuring that Maryland’s precious open space, waterways and all natural resources remain as pristine as possible while addressing the growing concern of climate change through his Smart, Green and Growing initiative.”

It also links to Maryland’s public and independent two- and four-year colleges and universities as well as private career schools that have submitted green initiatives they have implemented on their campuses and locations throughout the State.

“This has been a great interagency collaboration between Governor O’Malley’s office, DNR, MHEC and our postsecondary institutions,” Secretary Lyons said. “I’m pleased MHEC has a vital link on this educational website.”

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 325,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.


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