Emerson Community Association in Howard County Wins National Competition for Associa’s 2021 Green Community Award

Sterling Park Little Free Library Enchanted Reading Pollinator Garden, one of four gardens set up in Emerson’s Parks, with plant identification signs, some with community-shared herb boxes.

Announced by press release on January 13:

Emerson Community Association announced that it had won a national competition for communities of communities, condominiums and homeowners associations managed by Associa, the largest community management company in North America.

The ASSOCIA GREEN AWARD is given to Emerson in recognition of his achievements in organizing environmentally responsible community events and promoting a green lifestyle in the Emerson community through seven categories: green building , energy efficiency, efficient water use, trees and green spaces, recycling and waste reduction. , education and innovation.

The Emerson Community Association has taken many steps to fulfill its vision of environmental and wildlife stewardship in a way that protects and enhances Emerson’s desirability and property values; transitioning to non-invasive native plants for landscaping; installing Little Free Library Enchanted Reading Pollinator Gardens in four parks with plant identification signage, investing in forest restoration, and improving 17 stormwater management ponds; storm sewer stencil reminding of our relationship with the watershed; and working with schools and local residents to develop green excursions to preservation areas, among other efforts. JEAN SILVER-ISENSTADT, program manager for Emerson’s Environment and Habitat Stewardship Initiative, said, “Emerson is taking a deeper approach to caring for the land we manage, where beauty is more than superficial, but reflects the health of the whole.”

RICHARD FLINN, Chairman of the Emerson Community Association Board of Directors, said, “Our neighbors chose to live in Emerson in part because of the high academic standards of nearby Howard County public and private schools. , and Emerson’s relaxed natural setting. Our community speaks out every day on its values ​​of embracing diversity and inclusion, education and lifelong learning, protecting our environment and wildlife habitats, and bringing neighbors together through fun events. .


About Emerson Community Association: The community of Emerson is located in North Laurel, Howard County, spanning over 570 acres and comprising over 1,200 high-end residential and rental townhouses, single-family homes, condominiums and apartments, as well as commercial office and retail space in the Emerson Corporate Commons. A third of the community is set aside for forest conservation and open green space. For more information, please visit www.EmersonHOA.com.

About Associa: With more than 200 locations across North America, Associa is building the future of community for nearly five million residents worldwide. Our 10,000+ team members lead the industry with unparalleled training, expertise and pioneering innovation. For more than 43 years, Associa has brought positive impact and significant value to communities. For more information, visit www.associaonline.com


Emerson completed one of many forest restoration projects with Howard EcoWorks and installed a test Bayscape Garden in his Amberside neighborhood.

Emerson is transitioning to non-invasive native plants for landscaping and a “one-for-one” tree replacement program.


You can view the press release via PDF here: PRESS RELEASE_Associa Award_13JAN22

Scott E.

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