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Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.

The ShorePower Project


Climate change is here. But the municipalities of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are taking steps to combat these changes. The ShorePower Project at Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society has helped our municipal to understand their energy usage, cut their costs, lower their carbon footprint, and connect to financial assistance to aid in their efforts. With ShorePower’s analytical and technical support, our Eastern Shore partners are providing a model for how to lower both costs and environmental impact in Maryland’s municipal sector.

The ShorePower Project works with each of our partners to provide them with a tailored report showing their trends in energy use and their impact on the climate. From there, we help city planners, engineers, and council members to identify the best projects they can undertake to lower their energy costs and carbon emissions. We then connect them with funding opportunities and venders who can realize the partner’s vision.

 These efforts lead to big impacts. By tackling energy waste, Chestertown saved $130,000 in one year. The town of Easton will save $17,000 a year once they finish their LED streetlight overhaul program. The town of Centreville provides 75% of their municipal energy needs carbon free while saving $16,000 a year. Eighty percent of our municipal partners have committed to similar solar arrays.

In total, two out of every five people on the Eastern Shore have been affected by ShorePower’s efforts so far.

For more information, click here to read the latest ShorePower Report.

Campus Energy Dashboard

In an effort to reduce energy use on campus, the Center for Environment & Society is working to install meters on 16 campus buildings, including dorms. CES and the Student Environmental Alliance are working to develop an electricity use contest among the students to see whose dorm can be the most energy efficient.

Click here to visit the energy dashboard, please keep in mind this site is a work in progress as we continue to work on our meters around campus. 

Electrical Vehicle Charging Project

CES and Washington College are committed to providing our students and visitors with practical solutions for Electric Vehicles. In association with Tesla, CES is working to install electric vehicle charging stations at various points across campus. We are fulfilling our commitment to clean transportation and dedicating ourselves to the clean energy future our students deserve.

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