The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) is a government agency that aims to
support, educate and assist businesses and citizens in achieving environmental awareness. While they do not focus on any specific industry, dental practitioners can benefit from the highly informative educational programs offered by this department. Nicholas Dental Care aspires to join the movement toward environmentalism, and we would like to share these resources from the MDE to help other dental practitioners contribute to saving the environment.
1. Public Meetings and Hearings
The MDE holds public meetings and hearings where they answer questions to help
businesses and residents understand the real value of environmentalism. They also set these hearings as examples to encourage businesses and establishments to go green.
2. Grants and Financial Assistance
The MDE provides financial assistance to institutions and businesses that desire to achieve a green status. Their grants are focused on different aspects of energy conservation, waste reduction and pollution control. These categories are divided into land, water and air programs. Each grant has its own purpose and you may seek assistance for the particular grant you are like by visiting the resource provided on the website.
3. Business Information Center
Since businesses are the majority consumers of energy and resources, the MDE has
provided an information center where you can read and research about going green. Every business must achieve environmental awareness to help save our planet and become sustainable.
4. Environmental Management Assistance
This program aims to help businesses and establishments achieve green status within a
six month period. It is an all in one package specifically focused on manufacturing
businesses. This program is beneficial for large dental laboratories that produce a lot of waste and cater to many dental clinics.
5. Waste Management and Recycling Programs
Dentistry and many health care businesses produce a lot of waste. This is particularly so
when practices use amalgam, traditional Xrays, water and administer drugs. The MDE offers uniquely designed programs to educate businesses on how to manage waste and prevent contaminants from affecting soil and water. Recycling is an important part of conservation, which the MDE recommends for all businesses to practice.
6. Greening Your Facility
The MDE website has a page specifically for businesses and organizations that want to make their facilities and establishments greener. You can use this resource to find out about the environmental damage businesses cause and a list of efficient ways you can turn around your business practice.
7. Enforcement and Compliance
The laws governing the department’s programs must be followed to observe compliance. If these rules and regulations are not met, the government can place sanctions and close down your businesses. Dental clinics are required to comply with these laws and display
environmental awareness, so it is time to educate yourself about these policies and make
sure your practice operates within the established guidelines. A dental clinic is a highpowered establishment, and it is common to see waste, excessive energy consumption and high carbon footprint. However, we at Nicholas Dental Care strive to
contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving energy. With the assistance and programs offered by the MDE, it is easy to create a greener and more environmentfriendly practice. Our part, as well as yours, is to care for the environment and comply with all of the regulations and laws enforced by the department.
Meta description: The MDE provides valuable information and resources to help businesses, especially dental practitioners, become more environmentally aware. Are you operating within these guidelines?
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