It was a pleasure to read the Bay Journal’s recent article on the EPA’s energy efficiency programs — Green Lights, Energy Star Buildings and Energy Star Computers. Prince George’s County proudly participates in the EPA’s Green Lights program. In fact, Prince George’s County was the first county in the state of Maryland to join Green Lights.

Just as the Green Lights program has saved businesses like American Express, Boeing, and Mobil energy costs, Prince George’s County anticipates a savings of more than $167,000 in its first year. Even more exciting is that the project will pay for itself after the first full year of operation. Thereafter, every dollar saved is a dollar earned!

Prince George’s County has always been a leader on environmental policies — our recycling program is No. 1 in the state of Maryland. I fully support our involvement in these environmental programs and encourage other jurisdictions to participate in energy efficiency programs. You have my best wishes for the continued success of the Bay Journal.

Parris N. Glendening
County Executive for Prince George’s County