#cleanYOURblock

A City-wide Morning of Trash Pick Up and More!

in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week

Saturday, May 5

everyone is welcome

Quick-look Schedule

9 - 11 a.m. #cleanYOURblock - spend a couple of hours picking up trash and recyclables in your own neighborhood
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Celebrate the hard work and enjoy refreshments with Mayor Buckley and other officials as they dedicate a new water refill station and an environmental sculpture at Visit Annapolis, 26 West Street

keep annapolis beautifulIn collaboration with us, Keep Annapolis Beautiful – also known as Annapolis Green – the City of Annapolis is sponsoring a citywide, two-hour trash pick up event called #cleanYOURblock. It’s part of Keep America Beautiful’s nationwide “Great American Cleanup.”

visit annapolisWe’re asking you to rally your neighbors for just two hours to pickup trash right on your block, street, or neighborhood on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. and then come celebrate at Visit Annapolis at 26 West Street.

The point is to spruce up our beautiful city just in time for National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6 -12) and the start of our summer season of graduations, concerts, street parties, regattas, races, and other outdoor events.

While four areas of the city are designated official participating sites, we want to encourage you to work in your neighborhood too. The designated trash pick-up staging areas are:

graul'sOur local business, Graul’s Market, is generously donating big paper bags for this effort. When full the bags can be put with residents’ regular landfill and recyclable waste or brought to one of the designated sites above, no later than noon. Please remember to bring gloves!

If you'd like to get your neighborhood, or just your block, involved, send an email and we'll give you lots of help to get started.

Then... Come Celebrate!

blule heron sculpture by Jim SwaimMayor Gavin Buckley and his children will join in the clean-up. Shortly after 11 a.m. he will dedicate a new ELKAY water refill station and a striking environmental sculpture of a Blue Heron, to be installed in the Gotts Garage parking circle behind Visit Annapolis at 26 West Street. The sculptor, Jim Swaim of Environmental Sculptures, is the same artist who created the blue crab sculpture installed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's McNasby Campus in Eastport.

Its body will be filled with plastic litter thus demonstrating that we need to be good stewards of the heron's habitat by not littering.

ELKAYMayor Buckley will join Elkay Manufacturing Company representative Abid Khaleel in dedicating an Elkay permanent water refill station recently installed at the Visitors Center.

elkay bottle fillerThe water refill station was obtained via an ELKAY sponsorship by Annapolis Green. This will allow residents and visitors to refill reusable water bottles and cups rather than buying single-use water bottles, thus reducing plastic litter.

naptown tap in useTo help make special events more environmentally friendly, Annapolis Green has invested in several NAPTOWN TAPs, portable water refill stations that will be on display during the May 5 event. The TAP is designed to provide free filtered water at outdoor special events – thus helping to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic water bottles. We were able to purchase three taps thanks to a grant from BGE. Manufactured in Australia, they are the first to be used in the United States. Read more.

Refreshments will be served and the Mayor, other elected officials, and the President of Keep America Beautiful, Helen Lowman, will attend, along with the sculptor. All will be happy to chat with residents.

Let’s show our civic pride from West Annapolis to Edgewood Road, from Eastport to Forest Drive, from Parole to Homewood and everywhere in between. Let’s get that litter off the ground and the storm drains for One Beautiful, Green and Clean Annapolis!

Background

VISIT ANNAPOLIS & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY AND ANNAPOLIS GREEN PROMOTE
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION DURING TOURISM WEEK FESTIVITIES

Annapolis Green is teaming up with Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC), also known as Visit Annapolis, to promote enhanced environmental stewardship during the U.S. Travel Association’s May 6-12 National Travel and Tourism Week celebration.

We are delighted to use National Travel and Tourism Week as a vehicle for sharing some of the recent strides Annapolis Green and our nonprofit and business partners have made in boosting environmental awareness and practices in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

VAAAC President and CEO Connie Del Signore says this year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” provides the perfect opportunity to showcase ongoing environmental initiatives that are underway in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. “Savvy, environmentally-conscious travelers patronize destinations that share their same concern for Mother Earth. They look for destinations with strong environmental track records and plan their trips accordingly. Tourism Week provides the perfect opportunity to share the economic impact travel and tourism have on our economy. Having a clean, green destination is part of the appeal.”

According to Tourism Economics’ most recent “Economic Impact of Tourism in Maryland” report, nearly 7.2 million individuals spent more than $3.7 billion while visiting Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in 2016. That represents a 2.2% increase in visitors and a 2.1% in visitor spending over the previous year. The tourism industry in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County directly employed 21,700 individuals in 2016, up from 21,561 jobs in 2015.

As a Keep American Beautiful affiliate -- Keep Annapolis Beautiful -- we are partnering with the City of Annapolis and community leaders and organizations to coordinate ##cleanYOURblock efforts as part of Keep America Beautiful’s nationwide “Great American Cleanup.”

Reflecting the United Nations’ theme for Earth Day 2018 – “End Plastic Pollution” – many of Annapolis Green’s initiatives focus on reducing single-use plastics.

Single use plastic bottles make up much of the recyclable trash in the United States. Water bottle refill stations make it easy for residents and visitors to fill reusable bottles with free filtered water. If individuals can easily fill up their water bottles, they’ll buy less – or no – bottled water. That means they’ll create less trash that may end up in our Bay and waterways.

The 7’ x 48” Blue Heron sculpture the City of Annapolis plans to install in the surface parking lot behind the 26 West Street Visitors Center was created by Jim Swaim of the North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Company, Environmental Sculptures, the custom designed, hand-crafted metal sculpture is made from mild steel 14-guage thick and round one-quarter-inch to 3/16” steel rods. The heron’s body is designed to be filled with picked-up trash – as a way of encouraging passersby to pick up after themselves. Debris from the morning cleanups will be the first trash inserted into the new work of art. The fixture is a salute to Annapolis’s Art in Public Places initiative. Swaim has created a similar sculpture – a Blue Crab – installed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park’s McNasby campus in Eastport.

don't suck sip responsiblygreen drinks annapolisThroughout National Tourism Week, we will continue to encourage Annapolis Area restaurants to do what they can to reduce the use of plastic straws as we ramp up our "Don't Suck. #SipResponsibly." campaign. Read more.

And finally, our National Travel and Tourism Week: Then & Now -- Cleaner & Greener celebration will culminate with Green Drinks on Tuesday, May 8, at Baroak at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Read more.

During this week and every week, we continue to promote good stewardship while “at Play” through Annapolis Green's Responsible Events & Festivals (REF) program, available to both organizers at event sites as well as groups and organizations. REF includes tips on how to Golf Responsibly, Run Responsibly, and Bay Responsibly (for Zero-Waste crab feasts), and the NAPTOWN TAP to reduce single-use water bottles.

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