Town of Emmitsburg recognized for sustainable environment

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The Mayor of Emmitsburg received a first-of-its-kind award from a local environmental organization for the town’s environmental achievements.

The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund awarded Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs with their organization’s First President Theodore Roosevelt Award.

“I’m really excited about the award, and I hope it speaks to the conservation community and what we’re trying to do,” said Mayor Briggs.

The award recognizes the town’s remarkable progress in their environment.

“I’ve been in conservation work since the mid-80s, working with the conservation firm,” said Mayor Briggs.

Ninety-five percent of energy that powers municipal buildings in Emmitsburg comes from renewable sources.

Mayor Briggs said this comes from his passion to protect the environment.

“Let’s make this a sustainable community and work from the principals of one. Let’s not waste as much, and let’s save money,” said Mayor Briggs.

Mayor Briggs said in the last five years, they have spent over $30 million on projects in the town.

The town is currently working on completing the sidewalks, a pool and a dog park next year.

Mayor Briggs said he will continue his commitment to a sustainable future.

The award was presented on Oct. 27, President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday.

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