BALTIMORE, MD (July 22, 2014) – Thirty-five state parks have been approved as the latest Maryland Green Travel Partners. Maryland Green Travel is a free and voluntary self-certification program to promote and recognize sustainable environmental practices by the tourism industry in Maryland.
Maryland Green Travel launched in November 2009 as part of the State’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative. Membership in the voluntary program encourages accommodations, restaurants, attractions and other organizations to share information on the practices they have in place to reduce the environmental impact of their facilities and services. This information is then used to market the partners as eco-friendly on tourism’s website and in printed marketing materials.
“Maryland Tourism has long recognized Maryland State Parks and Forests as an integral component in our state’s diverse array of travel experiences,” said Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism. “Inclusion of these 35 state parks in the Maryland Green Travel program provides an opportunity for sister state agencies to share their stories and at the same time inspire travelers to take steps to protect our natural resources, including the Chesapeake Bay.”
"Maryland State Parks are designed to be sustainable with minimal impact to the natural world around them,” said Nita Settina, superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. “These areas offer a wide variety of landscapes and provide diverse recreation while preserving the ecology, beauty and sense of place of the local area. They are a terrific choice for those seeking the best in environmentally-friendly tourism.”
To become a partner, visit the Maryland Green Travel website at www.visitmaryland.org/green and complete an online, self-certification application of best practices. This generates a green profile which is posted online to demonstrate each member’s environmental commitment. Organizations that become part of the program are given Maryland Green Travel identification on the official state tourism site, visitMaryland.org, which receives nearly 1.5 million users a year.
For more information on the Maryland Green Travel program, visit http://visitmaryland.org/green or call:
Catherine Batavick, Manager, Maryland Green Travel (410) 767-6342