COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Eastern Shore town of Berlin is the first in Maryland to be certified as sustainable under a new statewide environmental program.

The Sustainable Maryland Certified program is managed by the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center. The program recognizes and helps communities that are working to protect resources, revitalize and improve their long-term quality of life.

Program organizers say 22 other communities statewide are also seeking certification. The process involves setting and working toward goals in areas ranging from water and air quality to waste management, energy efficiency and land use. Berlin earned certification for its work in programs including community based food systems, energy, and natural resources.

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