For Immediate Release
19 BGE locations now recognized for providing sustainable resources that support native animals, birds and insects
BALTIMORE (Feb. 27, 2019) – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has certified BGE's White Marsh Center and Bagley Substation as wildlife habitats for their contributions to replenishing resources for native animals and along migratory corridors. A total of 19 BGE locations across the company's service area are NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats.
"Stewardship of our natural world is a pillar of BGE's unwavering focus on reliability and social responsibility," said Liz O'Connor, vice president of support services. "I am so proud of our team—especially members of the environmental management unit—who continue to lead transformative work, this time in the pursuit of solutions to make our region more welcoming to wildlife."
BGE's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship aligns with NWF habitat standards related to providing native and migratory wildlife food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young.
"It's good to be able to go above and beyond compliance activities," said Dan Norden, manager of BGE's environmental management unit. "Company-wide, these certifications demonstrate and strengthen BGE's environmental leadership and increase awareness in our service territory among our customers and our employees."
At White Marsh Center, electric and gas trainees learn how to work on BGE's systems, along with other important responsibilities. Of interest to the NWF, though, is the site's six acres of wooded land, multiple storm water collection facilities and forest conservation easement section. Birds, opossum, fox, squirrels, rabbits, and deer are frequently sighted on the grounds. In addition, an osprey pair nested on the top of one of the double cross-arm training poles and raised two chicks in 2018. Once the ospreys flew south for the winter, BGE linemen trainees carefully moved the nest to a platform they built close by, ensuring the osprey will have a safe home when they return in early spring.
The Bagley Substation, near Fallston, is surrounded by 10 acres of wooded land. The property includes a stream and a half acre of forest mitigation—extra trees BGE planted to augment the local habitat. Improvements to the Bagley substation are part of BGE's Electric Reliability Investment Initiative, which accelerated the pace of electric reliability improvements for customers.
"We commend BGE for being a leader in creating 19 certified wildlife habitat areas across utility rights of ways and around their facilities," said Marry Phillips, director of Garden for Wildlife at NWF. "BGE is leading the way with the most number of Certified Wildlife Habitats by a utility/energy company in the Mid-Atlantic region."
In addition to its recognition from NWF, BGE has three certifications from the Wildlife Habitat Council. BGE joined the Maryland Department of the Environment's Green Registry in 2018 and has been ISO 14001 certified since 2012. The company has been named an Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for seven straight years and has provided 26,000 free trees to customers over that same period.
The National Wildlife Federation is America's oldest and largest conservation organization, and its Garden for Wildlife program has certified habitats for 45 years. BGE's 19 certified habitats are among the program's 226,000 nationwide that cover more than 2.5 million acres.
More information about BGE's other environmental accolades is available at bge.com.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
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