Educate, engage and mobilize residents of Berlin and the surrounding area around conservation policies and practices designed to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

Grow Berlin Green is a program designed to highlight the town of Berlin as a model community for environmental protection and conservation.

Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a three-year campaign to encourage Berlin residents, businesses and government officials to connect the community to conservation.

GBG recently received $125,000 from the Town Creek Foundation, a private, philanthropic organization dedicated to a sustainable environment. The Foundation’s mission includes donating to non-profit organizations that work to promote ecological sustainability.

The GBG campaign will be managed by a coalition of the Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT), Lower Shore Land Trust and Maryland Coastal Bays Program, but it will be driven by community education, empowerment and action.

GBG will include events and activities designed to involve citizens, business owners and government officials to better build a foundation for citizen and policymaker participation.

Grow Berlin Green is an important component in an ongoing effort to revitalize the town, which last year was recognized by the state of Maryland as a Main Street Community.

The goals of GBG include improving understanding, engagement and activism among citizens and policymakers, increasing conservation efforts, improving natural resources management, reducing waste and increasing recycling.

1.  Educate and engage citizens of Berlin and the surrounding area on environmental conservation, restoration and smart growth issues and activities;

2.  Educate and engage Berlin, MD decision-makers on conservation, restoration and smart growth policy priorities and benefits;

3.  Build the base for a sustainable movement of environmentally-friendly citizenry to grow and maintain environmentally sound policy and practice.