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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      Contact: Molly Alton Mullins 410.974.2941, Ext. 107

(Annapolis, MD – November 14, 2012) The Town of Capitol Heights, located in Prince
George’s County, was recently honored by the American Planning Association
Maryland/Delaware Chapter with a Planners’ Choice Award for its exemplary work with low-
impact development for stormwater management. The Town of Capitol Heights partnered with
the Low Impact Development Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of
low impact development technology, to expand green infrastructure and low-impact
development practices for new and retrofitted road projects. Funding for this project was
provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3,
through the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program.

The Capitol Heights Green Street Master Plan was one of seven finalists for the American
Planning Association Maryland/Delaware Chapter’s 2012 Planners’ Choice Award and took
home second place under the “Great Plans” category. This award was created to highlight
people, places, and activities that increased the public’s awareness of the role of planning within
the state of Maryland. The Planners’ Choice Awards give recognition for exemplary planning to
individuals who provided leadership and innovation, locations that are the result of excellent
planning, and the process that results in best practices that can be replicated elsewhere.

“We are so pleased to see the Town of Capitol Heights recognized for their exceptional work to
manage stormwater runoff and revitalize local Maryland communities,” said Chesapeake Bay
Trust Executive Director Jana Davis. “This project serves as a great example that integrating
your planning with green practices can be both environmentally and economically beneficial to a
community.”

With funding provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and EPA Region 3, the Town of Capitol
Heights embarked on an effort to develop a green street master plan and build on the town’s
commitment to sustainable redevelopment as a way to revitalize its community. Working in
partnership with the Low Impact Development Center, Capitol Heights integrated the town’s
transportation, community and economic development assets to produce a green infrastructure
master plan. The plan states that all new development should incorporate green components that
include green building standards, low impact development with environmentally sensitive
stormwater management techniques, and other green development practices.

The Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program is administered by the Chesapeake
Bay Trust and funded in part by EPA Region 3. This program is open to local governments and
non-profit organizations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and
West Virginia that are interested in pursuing green streets, green infrastructure, and green jobs as
part of their community or watershed planning.

“The large amounts of impervious surface associated with community roadways makes them
easy pathways for trash and other pollutants into flood local streams and waterways,” said Neil
Weinstein of the Low Impact Development Center. “This plan is intended to inspire small but
widespread changes so that streets are designed to improve the health of local waterways and
advance community vitality and livability.”

The Town of Capitol Heights was one of seven projects nominated for the award. They include:
    Capitol Heights Green Street Master Plan
    Queen Anne’s County 2010 Comprehensive Plan Public Process
    The Maryland Department of Planning’s Sustainable Growth and Agricultural
      Preservation Act of 2012
    Columbia, Maryland’s “A New Downtown for America’s Best Known Master Planned
      Community”
    Water Resources Functional Plan for Montgomery County, Maryland
    Commercial/Residential Zones, Incentive Density Implementation Guidelines
    Montgomery County’s Mobility Assessment Report

For more information on the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program, visit
www.cbtrust.org.



                        About the Chesapeake Bay Trust:
                          The Chesapeake Bay Trust (www.cbtrust.org) is a nonprofit grant-making
                          organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through
                          environmental education, community outreach and local watershed restoration.
Since its inception in 1985, the Trust has awarded $45 million in grants and engaged hundreds of
thousands of citizen stewards in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its
tributaries. The Trust is supported by the sale of the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake license plate,
donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on the Maryland State income tax form,
donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal and
state agencies. Fully 90 percent of the Trust’s expenditures are directed to its Chesapeake Bay
restoration and education programs.

				
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