Zero-Waste is the New Par!

We are Greening The Brick Companies’ TBC classic, a golf tournament at Queenstown Harbor that involves 288 golfers on two beautiful courses on the shores of the Chester River. Queenstown Golf is the recipient of the Environmental Leader in Golf Award and is one of the Greenest courses in the country. Golfers will tee off on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, to find a number of sustainable practices in place as part of our Golf Responsibly program.

Annapolis Green will implement sustainable practices such as:

The Brick Companies (TBC), an Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred Sponsor, awarded us a grant to develop the program and suggesting a number of sustainable practices and producing a toolkit so that it can be replicated elsewhere. In addition, we were awarded a grant from Waste Management to Green two additional tournaments next year.    

We congratulate TBC for its Environmental Leadership ethic – “Preserve and conserve unique natural spaces that reconnect people to the land and inspire others to do the same,” in all it does – from installing the area’s first Green Roof to everyday operational practices that are carried out with the Earth in mind. And, we thank TBC for its continued support of Annapolis Green.

Presentation of the TAP at the TBC Classic is sponsored by What’s Up Media.

Learn more by listening to a Podcast Village #LaunchPodcast about this tournament and by watching this promo video by Backfin Media.

Are you a golfer? Do you think this is a good idea? Spread the word to the organizers of your favorite tourney!

Annapolis Green's NAPTOWN TAP Provides Plastic-Free Water
SAP 505 World Championship Sailors 

91 boats, 182 sailors, 12 countries, 8 languages 

Through Friday, September 29
Hosts are Eastport Yacht Club & Severn Sailing Association 

We want to congratulate EYC and SSA for their stewardship of our Bay by making this huge championship a Zero-Waste event. We inspired EYC's Green Team, led by Virginia Tippie and Capt. Phil Renaud, got them on the right track and now they have graduated, holding event after event in a sustainable manner.

We're thrilled to introduce our Annapolis Green NAPTOWN TAP water dispenser to the sailing community with this Sailors for the Sea Gold Level certified regatta. The TAP is an easy way to offer clean, filtered drinking water to competitors (and anybody else) without burdening our environment with single-use plastic bottles. They just fill up their reusable bottles or cups. It represents a reduction in cost for event organizers and a big win for the environment.

Placement of the TAP at this event is sponsored by our friends at Weems & Plath.

If you're at EYC this week, look for our TAP on the deck of the newly-built Sailor's Lounge.

 

 

 


Annapolis Green
Composted & Recycled at the
72nd Annual Rotary Crab Feast
Friday, August 4, 2017

See story, "Thousands crack open crabs at 72nd annual Rotary feast in Annapolis," in The Capital

See story, "The Rotary Crab Feast: Charitable and Green," in The Capital

See story, "Crab Feast to Compost: What's Good for us is great for Mother Nature," in What's Up Magazine
or as a pdf

We were there, helping the Annapolis Rotary make this a Zero-Waste Event as part of our Responsible Events & Festivals (Green REF) program. Our Green Team volunteers were amazing, hauling compost and educating feasters. Thank you!

More info and photos to come.

Support Buy a Lady a Drink
Stella Artois Chalices Back in Stock

At the April Green Drinks we introduced you to the Buy a Lady a Drink Campaign, a Stella Artois/Water.org campaign to drive awareness of the global water crisis and help provide solutions so that woman in developing countries can obtain clean water for their families close to home.

The principal way these organizations raise funds for the campaign is through the sale of specially engraved Stella chalices. At the time of Green Drinks they were out of stock but thanks to Neal Katcef of Katcef Brothers, distributors of Stella Artois, every Green Drinker was given a chalice (a $12 value).

Want to make it a set and support this important campaign? For every chalice shipped and sold by Amazon.com, Stella Artois will donate FIVE YEARS of clean drinking water to a women in the developing world. Donations will not be made in connection with chalices sold by sellers other than Amazon.com.

Click on the image at the right to purchase chalices. It is a great, easy way to support women and their families and have a lovely keepsake too!

 

Arundel County Council Votes Down Repeal of Dedicated Fund for Stormwater

Fifty people showed up at the April 6 County Council public hearing to oppose repeal of the dedicated fund for the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. After more than two hours of testimony in a packed house in Council chambers, the two bills under consideration were voted down. Councilmen Trumbauer, Pruski, Smith and Grasso voted no. Councilmen Walker, Fink and Peroutka voted in favor.

The testimony focused on various aspects of the bill including the many jobs the program is making possible, the impact of dirty water on the boating and tourism business, the fact that the County is under a water cleanup mandate from the EPA, public health issues, and skepticism over whether the restoration work would be or could be paid for out of the general fund.

We are delighted with this vote that assures a source of funds for this important work aimed at making our streams, rivers and bay fishable and swimmable.

Thank you to the Riverkeepers, restoration organization representatives, scientists, Watershed Stewards, and other citizens who stayed through a marathon meeting to make their voices heard. And thank you to the four councilmen whose vote was a YES for clean water!

Story in The Capital online

Green Restaurant Week 
March 16-20, 2015

The City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are teaming up to promote Green Restaurant Week from March 16 to 20. The week is focuses on restaurants that operate in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Seventeen local restaurants are participating.  
   
We at Annapolis Green have been showcasing these restaurants for years at our Green Drinks events and by asking the Annapolis Restaurant Week organizers to give a special designation to these establishments. So we glad to see that a whole week has been set aside for this.

Read more.

Maryland Day Weekend "Growing A Little Greener"
Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2015

Green Drinks will be held on the eve of Maryland Day weekend, March 20-22. Maryland Day commemorates the formal  founding of the colony of Maryland, which by historical accounts, took place on March 25 of 1633 or 1634.

Our local area's celebration of Maryland Day is organized by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and many locations are participating including, for the first time, our March Green Drinks hosts, Homestead Gardens.

For the past three years, Annapolis Green has helped the participating sites and attendees in "Growing a Little Greener." Partnering with Maryland Green Travel, Annapolis Green is providing guidance on becoming more sustainable operationally and during the weekend's event.

More details are on the "Growing a Little Greener" page on the Maryland Day website.

Learn more at the Maryland Day website. During the Maryland Day weekend, many attractions that usually charge admission will be free or charging just $1. It's a great opportunity to get to know more about our state.

 

Support Our Local Independent Businesses This Holiday Season
            … for a sustainable community


Switch to LED Holiday Lights & Save Money

One of our Founding One Hundred sponsors, MOM’s Organic Market, is offering an incentive to switch to energy-efficient LED holiday lighting.

Recycle incandescent holiday string lights at MOM’s Organic Market in Bowie through January 31 and receive a coupon for 15% off energy-efficient LED decorative lights from HolidayLEDs.com! Old incandescent string lights will be shipped to a US recycling facility, where they are shredded and separated into recyclable components such as copper, PVC, and glass.

On Nov. 8 the great Maritime Republic of Eastport Tug of War against Annapolis will take place with opposing teams on Second Street in Eastport and Susan Campbell Park/City Dock in Annapolis.

Look for our Eco-Stations, on both sides, as we Green the Tug for the second year in a row, thanks to sponsorship from K&B True Value, a long-time Annapolis Green supporter, and Green Life Chiropractic & Wellness. | Read more about the Tug, now in its 17th year!

 

Congratulations, Eastport Yacht Club!

for running the
J/80 World Championship Regatta
Sept. 29-Oct. 4
as a Clean Regatta certified at the gold level by

read more

Do Good. Have Fun.

We did BOTH!

Thank you to the more than 70 volunteers who cleaned-up and refreshed the Ellen O. Moyer Back Creek Nature Park on July 26. See the photos!

learn more

National Drive Electric Week Event in Annapolis

was held Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on City Dock

See plug-ins & hybrids & get the real scoop from the owners!

learn more

Sister Eden Featured in Forbes!

Our friend, Lori Hill, and her husband, John Robinnette, made a presentation about living the Green life at the recent Green Festival that was so innovative Forbes Magazine wrote a story about it. Check it out!



It's up to all of us to make a difference in Bay restoration. Read former Mayor Ellen Moyer's column.

See us in the BoatUS Foundation Video on YouTube!

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Project Clean Stream
Saturday, April 5

project clean streamalliance for the chesapeake bayKnowing that people care for what they know and love, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay looks to introduce people to local rivers through Project Clean Stream, a day of action where people work together cleaning trash from their local streams and outdoor spaces.

On or about April 5, Project Clean Stream will again aid in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. Throughout the region, thousands of committed people, communities, organizations, and businesses will be participating in this annual trash cleanup. How about you?

A Call for Site Captains

For Project Clean Stream to be a success, the Alliance must partner with local individuals and groups who are willing to lead a cleanup in their neighborhoods. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will help you to garner volunteers, properly dispose of the collected trash and provide supplies if needed (gloves, trash bags and first aid kits). All we ask in return is for you to register your cleanup site and then submit the results and volunteer sign-in forms after your cleanup.
 
Trash isn't the biggest threat to the Chesapeake Bay, but cleanups are an easy way to engage citizens and organizations in environmental stewardship and help make their communities healthier, safer and more beautiful.

If you would like to become a Site Captain for a cleanup, contact Dan Brellis or visit the Project Clean Stream website.

While the majority of our cleanups are held on April 5th, we support cleanups throughout the spring.

sravolunteer opportunityVolunteers Needed for Severn River Association's Clean-ups at two locations, 9 a.m. - noon: 1) Cat Branch Creek near Broadneck High School; 2) Luce Creek. Read more

south river fedrationvolunteer opportunityVolunteers Needed for South River Federation's Clean-up at Mt. Tablor Glen in Gambrills beginning at 10 a.m.
Read more

aamc greenvolunteer opportunityVolunteers Needed for Anne Arundel Health System's Clean-ups at Sandy Point State Park beginning at 8:45 a.m. and at Severn Run Natural Environmental Area
Read more here and here

west rhode riverkeepervolunteer opportunityVolunteers Needed for West Rhode Riverkeeper's Clean-up at Hot Sox Field in Galesville beginning at 10 a.m.
Read more

wsavolunteer opportunityVolunteers Needed for Anne Arundel Watershed Steward Christina Vieglais' Clean-up at David's Run in Crownsville beginning at 9 a.m.
Read more


Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred Sponsor Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Announces Eco-Friendly Single Serve Coffee

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Chesapeake Bay Trust 2014 Award Winners

These outstanding Bay stewards will be recognized at the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Legislative Reception on Thursday, January 23.


We Greened the Tug!

tugTuggers and spectators were able to recycle at the Maritime Republic of Eastport's Tug of War last Saturday as we brought our Eco-Stations to both the Eastport and Annapolis sides. We don't have exact numbers, but we filled up a recycling dumpster to overflowing. Congratulations to Eastport, the winning side, for its 4 to 2 victory. And best of all, Annapolis Green is one of the benefiting charities of this wacky, classic rivalry! Click for information on the Tug.

 

Recycling: The First Step Toward Stewardship

council baradel kosmeri nolanThanks to sponsor Council, Baradel, Kosmeri & Nolan, we supplied Eco-stations to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Mixer on November 14 at lovely Homestead Gardens. The result was 15 bulging bags of recycling and only two small bags of material for the landfill! Yay!

Homestead, the Chamber, and our sponsor recognize that recycling can be beautiful and is the least we can all do for clean water and a healthy Bay.

Thanks also to Anne Arundel County Public Works for providing a recycling dumpster specifically for this event.

We'd be glad to bring the recycling message to your next event. Let your customers know that recycling is part of your stewardship plan. Contact us for more information.

Celebrating Good Green Works: Awards!

(Nov 15, 2013) -- It's been a big couple of weeks for awards to our good friends and supporters:

Galway Bay Irish Pub (a part of and the Irish Restaurant Company and one of our Founding One Hundred Sponsors) was the recipient of the state's Green/Sustainable Tourism Award for 2013 presented at last week's Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit. Congratulations, Anthony Clarke!

Dick Franyo of the Boatyard Bar & Grill (one of our Founding One Hundred Sponsors) received the Four Rivers Heritage Area Heritage Sponsor of the Year award. Well deserved, Dick! 

Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center received special recognition from Four Rivers for its Eco-station sponsorship that helped make Maryland Day "A Little Greener" with Annapolis Green! Congratulations!

And finally, thank you to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network for honoring Annapolis Green's Elvia Thompson with a Climate Hero Award.  

Information about the effects of Marcellus Shale fracking on the environment

Volunteers Needed: International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO)

iedrovolunteer opportunitiyIEDRO is a nonprofit whose mission is to locate, rescue and digitize every piece of historic environmental data before it is lost forever. The old data when digitized and provided to the world's scientists, researchers and educators will save more lives throughout the world than a cure for cancer, HIV and heart disease combined.
Needed are volunteer part-time office manager, writers, JAVA & PYTHON Programmers, grant writers, translators (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, Farsi), newsletter deputy editor, keying volunteers, presenters/lecturers, meteorologists, hydrologists, climatologists, earth scientists, teachers/educators, PowerPoint experts, folks who are familiar with social media. IEDRO also may need travelers to developing countries to set up data rescue sites.
Information: Contact Rick Crouthamel, rick.crouthamel@gmail.com, 410-867-1124. 

Read Governor O'Malley's Climate Change Plan
climatechange.maryland.gov

Annapolis Green Receives GRANTS
FROM BoatU.S. Foundation & BGE to Promote Safe and Clean Boating
Group Gains Highly Competitive Grant Funding with its Red Right Recycle Campaign

Annapolis, Md., Sept. 4, 2013 – Annapolis Green, whose mission is to promote sustainability in the Annapolis area, will use grants of $20,000 specifically for its “Red, Right Recycle” program that will accelerate recycling and promotion of clean boating awareness at the October Annapolis Powerboat and Sailboat Shows and beyond. Annapolis Green will develop these practices into a toolkit that can be used elsewhere to Green waterside events.


Elvia Thompson & Lynne Forsman accept grant awards from BGE CEO Ken DeFontes (left) and Alanna Keating of BoatUS Foundation

With overwhelming support from the community, Annapolis Green was awarded a $10,000 Grassroots Grant from the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. The highly competitive, annual grant program is designed to help nonprofit groups, associations, organizations and other waterway users to help spread the message about safe and clean boating practices at the grass roots level.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. also awarded a $10,000 grant to Annapolis Green under its inaugural BGE Green Grants program.

Red, Right Recycle – a word play on the maritime mnemonic "red, right, returning," – is part of Annapolis Green’s Festival Greening program, established to divert waste generated by the many outdoor events held in the Annapolis area every year from the landfill to recycling.

“Our partnership with the United States Yacht Shows is key,” said Lynne Forsman, Co-Founder of Annapolis Green. “Increasing recycling at the shows will demonstrate to local residents and visitors that we all share a common concern for the environment.”

United States Yacht Shows General Manager Paul Jacobs said, “We are delighted to work with Annapolis Green to offer recycling to our attendees and vendors. Our business depends upon the health of the Chesapeake, and we are happy to do our share.”

“We want to thank the Annapolis community for voting to put us over the top and helping us win the BoatUS grant,” said Elvia Thompson, Co-Founder of Annapolis Green. “The community support is a proof that the community is strongly behind our mission of promoting, accelerating and celebrating sustainability in the Chesapeake region.”

“Working with small local boating nonprofits like this enables us to focus on issues specific to local waterways,” said Alanna Keating, Grant Coordinator for the BoatU.S. Foundation. “We rely on enthusiastic volunteers like these to help expand our reach.”

This year the BoatUS Foundation grant program attracted over 70 applications from around the country and Annapolis Green was one of only four to receive funding. Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grants to fund projects that promote responsible boating on a local level. Grant applications and guidelines are available online at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation.

 “Environmental stewardship is a core value at BGE,” said Calvin G. Butler, Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “Through our strong commitment to protecting the environment by using natural resources responsibly, taking steps to prevent pollution, improve energy efficiency and enhance our environmental stewardship efforts, the launch of the BGE Green Grants program is an extension of that commitment to our customers and communities throughout central Maryland. Grants were awarded to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, which focus on energy efficiency, conservation and education, pollution prevention and environmentally focused community activism. Whether it be conservation efforts through green space and habitat preservation and protection, or through community activism such as cleanups and the creation of urban forests or community gardens, these grants will provide the funds to help make these projects both viable and successful, in the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

BGE launched its BGE Green Grants program this year, awarding more than $400,000 to nearly 50 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. BGE’s corporate social responsibility is based on four pillars of charitable giving. The environment is one pillar and the success of the BGE Green Grant Program highlights the company’s commitment to improving the environment in the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

Annapolis Green connects the community by communicating an environmental message that is meaningful, positive and motivational, engaging residents, businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and visitors. Its goal is to make Annapolis the Greenest city in Maryland — a place where sustainability is a way of life and a source of pride – by accelerating the work of the legions of dedicated, wide-berthed environmentalists and celebrating successes: in person, online, and in everyday life.

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Dartmouth's Big Green Bus Visits Annapolis

big green busIn June Annapolis Green welcomed Dartmouth College's Big Green Bus to City Dock. Dubbed "vehicle for change" the Big Green Bus is home to 12 Dartmouth students who will spend the summer crossing the country spreading the word about sustainability and gathering people's stories on the topic everywhere they go. For the Annapolis visit, we asked them to focus on clean water and the Chesapeake Bay.

After a few days in Washington, on Capitol Hill, our visit offered a terrific morning good grassroots enthusiasm. As they travel the country this summer, we know our stories of successes and challenges will be shared in other communities they touch along the way.

Thank you to all who joined us to tell their own stories as well as to the National Sailing Hall of Fame for use of their parking spaces. Thank you also to Phillips Crab Deck for providing us space to gather and a crabcake sandwich lunch to round out the students' short, but memorable, Annapolis morning!

Our crew of “storytellers,” who shared their time and insight with these impressionable students, included: Susan Shingledecker, BoatUS Foundation; Dick Franyo, Boatyard Bar & Grill; Al Todd, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; Bryan Gomes, Oyster Recovery Partnership; Delegate Steve Schuh, a Dartmouth Alum; Fred Kelly, Severn Riverkeeper; Suzanne Etgen, Watershed Stewards Academy, Amanda Elliott and Caitlin Hughes, Annapolis Maritime Museum; Tom Weaver, Eastport Yacht Co.; Bob Bruninga, US Naval Academy; Diane Holland, author; Robert Benzinger, Eco-Armour; and, of course, us, with our "Red Right Recycle" initiative promoting Greening of waterside events in Annapolis.

At the end of the bus tour, in the fall, members of the Big Green Bus crew will create a documentary about their experiences. Think of this as a cross between NPR's "Story Corps" and "On the Road with Charles Kurault." We hope our piece of the bus tour will be in the final documentary. More about the Big Green Bus.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days

Next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day
Sat., July 27

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn

For Anne Arundel County residents only.

hazardous wasteA note from Anne Arundel County's solid waste division: In 2012, Anne Arundel County paid nearly $200,000 to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste received from residents. Although proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste is important, it is even more important to avoid purchasing hazardous items and substitute them with non-hazardous alternatives.

The more you use safe alternatives, the fewer tax dollars are spent on disposal. Choosing safer alternatives is the difference between money saved and money spent. So ask yourself, “Why unnecessarily buy something that is harmful and expensive to dispose of when you could choose an alternative that’s safer and cheaper to manage?”

You can help reduce the cost of this program by:

Read more, including directions to the Millersville facility and a list of what materials are accepted.

Thank you, Green Life Chiropractic & Wellness, for naming Annapolis Green a Community Champion!

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Kids learned about alternative energy while having fun

Saturday, June 8
2013 Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

Students at ten Maryland and DC high schools have built and will race their electric one-passenger Aerodromes or Electrathon vehicles on a specially designed closed track with multiple curves. Scrutineering starts at 10 a.m., races start at 11:30 a.m. This is a great lesson for kids to learn about alternative transportation technologies. Read more.

Junior Solar Sprints
mini solar car

green wheatonChesapeake Greens Partner Event
Thursday, June 27 - GreenWheaton Anniversary Gala
6 -9 p.m., Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 GlenAllen Avenue, Wheaton
Refreshments, local beer and wine, Green vendors, door prizes and an "Eco-Car Show." Tickets $30.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2013
CONTACT: Wendy Howard, 301-946-5091,whoward@greenwheaton.org

Green Wheaton Celebrates Third Annual Gala at Brookside Gardens
Green non-profit organization celebrates its 2nd year providing environmental education
and leadership for all members of the Wheaton community.

Wheaton, MD – On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the 3rd Annual GreenWheaton Gala will be held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Regional Park. The Gala celebrates our successes in two years of non-profit educational work in the Wheaton community, and serves as a fundraiser for our continuing efforts into the future.

The 2013 Gala will feature a presentation by Executive Director Elizabeth Chaisson, an electric car show, local green vendors, door prizes, local wine and beer, and food from local Wheaton favorites Hollywood East CafeLimerick Pub, and Green Plate Catering. Funds will go toward continuing educational events for the Wheaton community on the importance of living and working “green.” The event flyer is attached. For tickets, visit greenwheatongala2013.eventbrite.com.

Over the past year, GreenWheaton has doubled our member mailing list, coordinated monthly green drinks happy hours, and provided seminars on “greening” for both residents and businesses. We have coordinated several recycling events, including an electronics recycling event at Wheaton High School and paper shredding day at Westfield Wheaton Mall. Recently, we screened Symphony of the Soil at Brookside Gardens, attended by more than 100 residents. In addition, due in part to GreenWheaton's 2012 Gala fundraising efforts, we have recently been able to add a small staff. For our upcoming Gala we expect to double last year's attendance.

GreenWheaton, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to engaging the community in education and outreach that promotes Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community with a “visibly green” and healthy environmental footprint. We promote collaboration between residents, businesses and the community at large while providing environmental education and outreach for all members of the community.

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wadeIt's official: The Chesapeake Bay Trust's Blue Heron has been named Wade, after a vote by more than 500 people. Read more.

 

Breaking News:
Anne Arundel County - Department of Health
Recreational Water Quality Alert
WEEMS CREEK SECTION CLOSED DUE TO WASTEWATER SPILL

Update: May 23, 2013 – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has reopened Weems Creek after water sample results indicate the creek meets acceptable standards for swimming and other direct water contact. The closing was due to a wastewater spill of approximately 120,000 gallons caused by a Jennifer Road force main break that occurred Wednesday afternoon, May 15. The affected area included the section of Weems Creek from its headwaters to Rowe Boulevard.

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May 15, 2013 -- The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against swimming and other direct water contact for a section of Weems Creek in Annapolis, Maryland. The affected area includes the section of Weems Creek from its headwaters to Rowe Boulevard. The closing is due to a wastewater spill of approximately 120,000 gallons caused by a Jennifer Road force main break that occurred Wednesday afternoon, May 15.

The Department of Health posted signs and the County Department of Public Works cleaned the impacted land area. The waterway closure will remain in effect until further notice. People coming in contact with the affected water are advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

For more information on the status of the advisory, visit www.aahealth.org, or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.

ducks in planterStormwater planters are good
for ducks too!


A family of mallards has decided that one of the stormwater planters the Spa Creek Conservancy installed at Annapolis Hyundai at 935 West Street is a good place to bring up their ducklings. Hyundai employees say they are doing all they can to ensure that the family is not disturbed.

Hike the Restoration of Cabin Branch
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Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Hike the Cabin Branch of the Severn River
 
Depart from the parking lot of First National Bank, 1000 Bestgate Road
(formerly BankAnnapolis) 

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In celebration of Anne Arundel County's wild open spaces and efforts to keep our waterways clean, join Annapolis Green, the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, the Severn River Association and the Severn Riverkeeper for a three-hour easy, guided hike along the recently restored Cabin Branch. It's a delightful walk in the woods along mostly flat, easy terrain. The hike will be led by Keith Underwood and coordinated by Mike Robinson of the Severn River Association.

The project was implemented by Keith Underwood, Underwood and Associates Ecosystem Restoration, with design by David Wallace, both long time pioneers in effective stormwater management and improving our watersheds. The initial restoration work along the stormwater outfalls has created a "lovers" walk, as stated by some who have seen the dramatic transformation of these wetlands. Cabin Branch passes under the railroad line slated for hiker/biker improvements, so you will get a chance to see this too. Severn Riverkeeper Fred Kelly and David Wallace will be there as well. 

No RSVP is necessary. Please direct any questions to Mike by clicking here.

Background

The Cabin Branch Stream Restoration Project is a major breakthrough in waterway protection taking huge stormwater runoff from the Annapolis Mall and businesses along General's Highway and slowing it down with a series of step pools and weirs to allow it naturally infiltrate into the ground. Before the project began, a canyon had been excised into the stream from stormwater entering it in two very big pipes under the roads. That had completely destroyed the hydrology and ecology of what had once been a productive, fishable stream.

Now that the Severn Riverkeeper has poured over $900,000 into the latest cutting-edge technology, the stream is expected to come to life again. And it will serve as a prototype that can be duplicated throughout the Bay watershed. Come and see for yourself!

Read all about the project in a February 2013 story in The Capital. 

Help the Green Building Institute (GBI) and the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Create A New Green and Healthy Homes Program - May 8, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. OR 6 -7 p.m.

maeoegbiThe Green Building Institute (GBI) and the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education (MAEOE) have teamed to invite key stakeholders to participate in a networking event at the Enviro Center (7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup) introducing a Green and healthy home program for existing homes that identifies and supports healthy and efficient homes through training, resources and certification. GBI and MAEOE are looking for partners interested in the creation of a certification program to foster healthy, efficient, sustainable homes resulting in societal changes in behavior. The audience: Students, schools, educators and families; agents of change.

Families who own or rent their homes don’t have an authority to turn to for information on greening their current homes. This program fills a void where there is currently a lack of clear information on environmental best practices and a need to consolidate information and resources in a central place. The program’s goal is to establish and provide guidelines to determine whether a home is healthy, efficient, and environmentally sustainable.

A growing number of local schools are participating in the Maryland Green School Program, which provides a holistic approach to growing environmentally literate students and sustainable environmental best management practices in the school and on school grounds. As students become more aware of what they can do at school, they are beginning to transfer that knowledge back to their families. Creating the program encourages families to take what their children are learning at school, back to the home “Creating Green and Healthy Lives at School and Home.” Key people in education, government, business, finance, real estate professionals, non-profits, community groups, construction, residential remodeling, and environmental professionals who support “Creating Green and Healthy Existing Homes.”

Option 1 - Breakfast: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., with a continental breakfast; Option 2 - After-Work: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with light appetizers and beverages.

Presenters:

Both GBI and MAEOE are experienced non-profits dedicated to environmental, healthy, efficient and sustainable programs geared for individuals, families, schools and businesses.

Free registration

volunteer opportunitygreenscape2013Saturday, April 20 - GreenScape
morning hours, in many locations throughout Annapolis
GreenScape is a volunteer effort that encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the city. Volunteers clean up and plant flower and vegetable gardens in public spaces throughout the City. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in Annapolis. Information

Here is a list of GreenScape sites all around Annapolis:

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Arc Gardens
Asbury United Methodist Church
August Woods
Bates Middle School
Bay Ridge traffic islands
Baywoods
Calvary Center School
Calvary United Methodist Church
Chesapeake Children's Museum
City Garage/Rainbow Row
College Creek Bridge Gateway
Eastport Elementary School
Eastport Post Office
Eastport United Methodist Church
Eastport Volunteer Fire Co.
Edward Taylor Memorial, Chase St.
Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park
Fairwinds
Georgetown Grove
Germantown Elementary School
Gotts Court
Greenbriar Gardens
Heineman Park, Dewey Dock

Heritage Baptist Church
Horn Point Park
Jeremy's Way
Knighton Garage Island
Lafayette Park
Lincoln Drive Rain garden
Maryland Avenue
Mt. Moriah AME Church
Mt. Olive AME Church
Mt. Olive Community Life Center
NAAA trail
Parole Health Center
Post Office Park
St. Luke's Church
Severn House Condominiums
Shiley Street
Taylor Avenue
Truxtun Park tennis courts
Turner Park Playground
Turner Park (R&P)
Visitors Center
West Annapolis Elementary
Westgate Circle

 

Name the Chesapeake Bay Trust's License Plate Heron Contest
win big prizes

Want a chance to win Southwest airline tickets, a gift card to your favorite store, and other prizes while you name a Chesapeake Bay icon? Then enter the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s first ever “Name our Bird” competition. The Trust, a non-profit grantmaking organization dedicated to helping restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, is looking for creative names to give an identity to the iconic blue heron used on the organization’s official logo and Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. The contest launches April 1 and name submissions can be made through the Trust’s Bay Plate website. The naming submission period will end on April 15.  Three names will be chosen as finalists and voted upon by the public from April 19 until April 26. The official winner will be named on April 29 and there are multiple chances to win prizes. Read more.

Annapolis Green Receives Four Rivers Heritage Area New Initiatives Award

For the Spirit and the Environment:
Take the 2013 Ecumenical Lenten Plastic Bag Fast Pledge

Lent is right around the corner. Here is one thing people in the Christian faith tradition can do as a spiritual and environmental act: Give us plastic bags for Lent!

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (formerly the Chesapeake Covenant Community) has created the Ecumenical Lenten Plastic Bag Fast 2013, from February 13 to March 30. Protecting the environment is our responsibility as stewards of Creation and Lent is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. We are conscious of our actions during this time, and this action will serve to remind us of the need for all of us to care for the Earth.

So, put your reusable bags in the car and use them, not only in the grocery store, but for every shopping trip. Million of plastic bags litter our neighborhoods, parks, and streams. They are not just unsightly but unhealthy - to wildlife and to us - and once in the environment, they can take decades to break down, leaving behind tiny bits of plastic for critters to ingest. Learn more.

Forestry Training for Real Estate Professionals

In Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole, private forestland plays a vital role in helping to maintain water quality and overall watershed health.

During the past two decades there has been a rapid increase in the number of forest landowners in the region. Often the only person many new landowners have contact with in terms of understanding the nature of their land purchase is their real estate broker.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Forestry for the Bay program, along with partners, are developing a four hour professional course to educate Maryland Realtors on the economic, ecological and social importance of forest ownership while helping them become versed in the various opportunities and incentives that exist for these landowners. Learn more.

AAMC Green Team's E-Waste Day a Triple Win

aamc greenThe Anne Arundel Medical Center Green Team had a big success today, January 12, with its E-Waste event and the benefits go way beyond the Annapolis area. A big truck was filled top to bottom with crates full of computers, TVs, stereos, and more this morning as many people dropped off items that were no longer useful to them. The items will be taken apart, materials separated, and sold to be used again in the manufacture of something else. Here’s the win-win-win side of this:

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A sampling of the items collected that will create jobs in Baltimore.
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Al Todd, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, donated a big TV.
  1. People like me cleared our homes of unwanted electronics in an environmentally sound way.
  2. People who need jobs in our area will benefit. Rather than shipping the items overseas, the collection truck was bound for a reclamation company in Baltimore that has hired local people.
  3. The environment benefited too – as a great deal of plastic and hazardous waste was reclaimed and kept out of the landfill.

Charlotte Wallace of the hospital’s Green Team said she heard from a lot of people that they learned about the event from Annapolis Green! We’re glad to spread the word.

Menhaden Limits Recommended

A message from CBF (Friday, Dec. 24, 2012, 3:25 p.m.):

menhadenMoments ago, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to adopt a science-based plan to better protect menhaden, a fish vital to the marine ecosystem and to important commercial fisheries. Never before have we had a coastwide cap on the harvesting of menhaden. With this decision, the Commission voted to reduce the catch of menhaden by 20 percent.

CBF applauds this historic action. It is a critical step toward restoring healthy menhaden stocks along the Atlantic coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. This decision will not only benefit the Bay, osprey, striped bass, and bluefish, but will begin to ensure a sustainable fishery for those who depend on menhaden for their livelihood. 

It is imperative that East Coast states from Maine to Florida implement the commission's management plan. This is especially important in Virginia, where more than 80 percent of the coastwide menhaden catch is landed.

Thank all of you who supported the protection of this most important fish (the Commission received more than 120,000 comments of which 86 percent supported a strong conservation-minded management plan for menhaden).

National Park Service Chesapeake Explorer App

chesapeake explorer appNow available, the official National Park Service app for exploring parks and trails in the Chesapeake Bay region – including the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, and national and state parks. | Download from iTunes

Health Department Closes Little Patuxent River

Oct. 30, 2012 - The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing for Little Patuxent River and warns against wading and other direct water contact for the river south of MD Route 32. The closing is due to a power outage at Howard County’s Little Patuxent Wastewater Reclamation Plant, which caused a wastewater overflow of more than 2,000,000 gallons on October 29 and 30. The river is closed until further notice. People coming in contact with affected water should wash well with soap and warm, clean water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.

For information on the status of the closing and other recreational waterway closures and advisories, visit the Department’s website or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.

Subscribers to the Department’s Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alert System will receive e-mail notifying them when the waterway is re-opened. To sign up for the free e-alert system, visit Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alert. Alerts can also be received via text messages on cellphones and smartphones by following the Department on Twitter

Annapolis Maritime Museum Announces 6th Grade Environmental Literacy Program

ammThe Annapolis Maritime Museum, in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Savers and Maryland’s DNR, has launched its innovative 2012-2013 Oyster Environmental Literacy Program for 6th grade students at four area middle schools.

Over the course of the school year, more than 1,000 students will receive 20 hours of instruction. The program examines human interaction with the environment, oyster ecology and industry, measuring and tracking oyster spat and water quality.

Seventy oyster cages are being seeded and set along the finger piers at City Dock through the end of November. In the spring, students will ‘plant’ their oysters in an oyster sanctuary in the Severn River – the largest educational program of the Maryland Grows Oysters Program with Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

volunteer opportunityVolunteers are needed to help with the Oyster Program.

Outgoing, enthusiastic and committed volunteers are needed throughout the school year. Knowledge of oyster ecology is helpful, but not required.

Training will be provided for a specific demonstration. Volunteers are needed from 9 AM to 2 PM and can choose from any number of dates. We’re seeking volunteers who will commit at least 5 days within a 5-week period.

Volunteers will be proud to participate in Maryland’s new, Environmental Literacy Initiative – and you’ll gain knowledge about oysters and the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information, please contact Amanda Elliott, program coordinator, aelliott@amaritime.org or by phone 410-295-0104. | Flyer

Chesapeake Bay Trust 2013 Awards Open
Nominations due Dec. 20

chesapeake bay trustThe Trust is accepting applications for its 2013 Awards Program to honor students, teachers, individuals, communities and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is now accepting applications for our 2013 Awards Program. These awards honor students, teachers, individuals, communities and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. All nominations and applications are due December 20, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

2013 Teacher of the Year Award: This award is given to a Maryland educator who has shown outstanding commitment to environmental education. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. The winner will receive a $2,500 mini grant for environmental education and restoration from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. To nominate a teacher in Maryland for this award, click here.

2013 Student of the Year Scholarship: The Student of the Year award is given to a Maryland high school or college student who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, Chesapeake Bay restoration and community involvement. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members and the winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. To nominate a student in Maryland for this award, click here.

2013 Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship: This award recognizes a Maryland high school or college student who demonstrates a commitment to improving the health of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay and who, as a student of color, exhibits exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in his/her school and broader community. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members and the winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. To nominate a student in Maryland for this award, click here.

2013 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award: The Ellen Fraites Wagner award is given to an individual who has shown exceptional commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and exhibits leadership in the Bay community. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. To nominate an individual for this award, click here.

2013 Melanie Teems Award: This award recognizes an exemplary project funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust that engages Maryland students or citizens in Bay education or restoration work. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. To nominate a project for this award, click here.

For questions about the awards program, please contact Molly Alton Mullins at mmullins@cbtrust.org or at 410-974-2941, ext. 107, or click here.

Report finds that few pollution cases are prosecuted in criminal court

State and federal authorities are filing few criminal cases involving water pollution violations, according to a report by the Center for Progressive Reform. The organization analyzed several years of information about state and federal environmental crimes and found that civil lawsuits and administrative penalties are filed more often than criminal cases. Read more.

Maryland Oyster Population Status Report
2011 Fall Survey

The report concludes that Maryland’s oysters had the lowest level of disease last year since state biologists began testing for it in 1990. The state’s fall oyster survey from 2011 also indicated that the low disease level also low levels of oyster deaths.

The Capital's Pat Furgurson: The Clean Water Act and fracking
Sept. 16, 2012

A Picture Tells the Story of Future Coastal Flooding
Researchers explore new tools to raise public awareness, discussion

Read story by Jeffrey Brainard on the Maryland Sea Grant's website

Seeing -- and listening -- really does equal believing when it comes to public understanding of the sea-level rise that threatens communities along the Chesapeake Bay. That’s the finding of a recent experiment that tested an interactive, online map and other new ways of showing Marylanders who live by the Bay just how real may be the threat of increased coastal flooding from rising seas. A research team led by George Mason University developed new educational tools that they hope may help Marylanders to understand and prepare for the flooding threat. And earlier this year, they tested these tools with residents of Anne Arundel County. The results showed promise. Read more.

PARK(ing) Day
See microparks created in parking spaces downtown
Friday, September 21

PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where citizens and organizations collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places.

The Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (Maryland ASLA) is participating in the celebration. Maryland ASLA and Ciminelli’s Landscape Services will transform three parking spaces on Dock Street along Ego Alley and will feature activities throughout the entire day for children and adults, including live music by musician Doug Segree at lunchtime and The Audissey playing at 5:30 p.m.

There will be other “parks” located throughout Annapolis including:

-Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects and Homestead Gardens will create a life-size chess board at the bottom of Main Street in front of Zachary’s Jewelers to celebrate the “Chess-apeake”.

-Richard Sweeney Landscape Architects will partner with E-Landscape Specialty Solutions to focus on Chesapeake Bay friendly products and options in front of Tsunami at 51 West Street.

-Garden Girls Landscaping will showcase tips and tools for harvesting rainwater in front of 49 West Coffeehouse.

-Gay Crowther Landscape Architects will team with Eden Contracting at 75 Maryland Avenue in front of Annebeth’s.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out. For more details, please visit www.parkingday.org.

Punk's Backyard Grill and Davis' Pub:
Two Sustainable Restaurants Featured on Television

Davis' Pub was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on the Food Network. Punk's was named one the "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the United States" by Fox News/Gayot. Both establishments offer sustainable, organic food and practice environmentally friendly operations. Congratulations to both!

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We had a blast. Read all about it!

Galway Bay is Maryland's First Green Travel Restaurant Partner

galway baymarylanld green travel partnerGalway Bay Irish Pub has been approved as a Maryland Green Travel Partner ... the very first restaurant in the state to obtain that designation. Galway Bay and the other restaurants in the Irish Restaurant Company group have some of the greenest practices in town ... and now state! They are not only Irish Green but Sustainable Green. Read their "Live Green Eat Irish" mission statement and practices. Congratulations to Fenton and Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke for the Maryland Green Travel designation! You'll be able to sample that sustainable Irish fare at our Green Drinks event in May.

Read about us in Capital Style -- it seems our Green Drinkers are fashionistas!

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True Blue Crabs

true blue crabSoon you'll be able to tell if the crab soup, cake, or dip you order in a restaurant is made of real Maryland crab, and not from imported crab, just by looking for the True Blue logo. Read the story in the Capital.

Connect with Maryland’s Public & Private School Communities
in Environmental Education

maeoeThe Youth Summit's purpose is to introduce school populations to organizations and programs available for environmental education, to showcase actions that schools have taken to reduce their environmental footprint,  and to celebrate schools that achieve Maryland Green School Certification in 2012. In a nod to this year's summer Olympics, this year's theme is: Green, Greener, Greenest Maryland Schools, Go for the Green! Attendance of 5000 students, teachers, principals, parents from all over Maryland is expected. For details, click here.

What's New With Maryland Green Travel?

maryland green travelMaryland Green Travel has spent the past nine months redesigning the online, self-certification application making it more user friendly. The new comprehensive, all-inclusive self-certification application for Accommodations, Restaurants and Attractions should be live on the Maryland Green Travel website by the end of March with an official announcement/launch in April. 

During the redesign process, Maryland Green Travel continued to welcome new lodging partners and now has 36 Lodging Partners who are all doing wonderful things. Visit the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/LodgingPartners.aspx to see the full list of Maryland Green Travel Lodging Partners. 

In addition, Maryland Green Travel launched a partnership with DNR’s Clean Marina Program to welcome Clean Marina members as Maryland Green Travel Partners. There are currently 45 Maryland Clean Marinas recognized on the VisitMaryland.org website. Visit the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/DNRCleanMarinas.aspx to see the full list of Maryland Green Travel Clean Marina Partners.

Maryland Green Travel also welcomed 19 destination marketing organizations and other associations as Supporting Partners of the Maryland Green Travel program. Supporting Partners pledge to support and promote the ideals of the Maryland Green Travel program, help to recruit new members and attempt to hold green meetings, conferences and events.

Maryland Green Travel also launched its Green Event guidance and provides a great checklist of ideas to green your next meeting, conference or event. The checklist can be downloaded from the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/GreenEvents.aspx.

Police Explorers Collecting Empty Toner and Ink Cartridges

The Annapolis Police Explorers Post 199 are collecting empty toner and ink cartridges to recycle and raise money to benefit the Explorer program. The brands accepted are Apple, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett Packard, and Lexmark. Please put the used toner and ink cartridges in a Ziploc bag and bring them to the Annapolis Police Department. The toner cartridges should be given to Officer Card or Patty Norris.

Severn Watershed News

On Jan. 18, 2012, the Severn River Association unveiled its new, proactive program to help fight stormwater pollution that threatens the Severn River watershed. The SRA Watershed Audit program will document widespread stormwater pollution violations and seek amiable and quick resolutions to the runoff problems. SRA President Duane Wilding and Richard Klein of Community & Environmental Defense Services explained SRA's goals to enlist and train citizen volunteers to help educate the public on proper maintenance of stormwater control techniques. Information about CEDS recently completed Severn River Preliminary Watershed Audit which does not bode well for efforts to restore the Severn River. Read more.

Report: Water Works - Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment

A 57-page report released in October 2011 says that spending $188 billion on green infrastructure would generate billions more in economic activity and create almost two million jobs nationwide. The report, produced by Green For All, in partnership with American Rivers, Pacific Institute, and the Economic Policy Institute, sets out the problem facing cities throughout the United States: Aging infrastructure surrounding drinking water, waste water and stormwater. Read the report.

RainScaping Education Station and Rain Garden Installation at Quiet Waters Park

As part of the RainScaping Campaign, Quiet Waters Park, the Chesapeake Ecology Center, and the South River Federation pooled resources for the installation of a RainScaping Education Station and Rain Garden at the 340-acre Quiet Waters Park. The project was completed in early December.

  

Academy helps communities 'take ownership of their stormwater'
Master watershed stewards serve as an example and offer guidance to local homeowners

Read the story about the Watershed Stewards in Bay Journal.

Sail Aid to Haiti

Our boat show partners, TransMarine Pro, who founded Sailors Without Borders, have a new video online about their sailing aid project for the children of Haiti. Have a look at this moving video, open your heart and donate to this great cause.

Maryland Smart Green & Growing

smart green & growingThe new Smart, Green & Growing website at www.green.maryland.gov. will help citizens, businesses and local governments more easily find their way to an increasing number of sustainable programs, services and ideas. Consider becoming a partner.

The SGG team has put together great green programs from multiple state agencies in one place where you can access some really useful stuff that can save you money, get you statewide recognition for the green things you are doing and give you the upper hand in keeping up with innovations from Maryland's businesses.

Governor O'Malley launched the Smart, Green and Growing Initiative in 2008 to engage every Marylander in the State's efforts to create a more sustainable future - one that recognizes the inherent connection between our quality of life, our economy and our environment.

SGG brings together state agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to create more livable communities, improve transportation options, reduce the state's carbon footprint, support resource based industry, invest in green technologies, preserve valuable resource lands and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. It is by working together to make these choices that we are creating a stronger economy, a healthier environment and a greener, more sustainable future for all Maryland families.

Alliance for the Chesapeake BayNew Head of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has a new executive director, Albert H. Todd. A veteran Bay policy maker, Todd begins his new job in September. Read more.

MARC Green Workforce Study and Green Jobs Portal Marry Research With Real-Time Technology to Support Green Economy

Environmental Groups sign letter to Governor regarding high-voltage transmission cables

A dozen regional, statewide and local Chesapeake Bay advocacy groups wrote to Governor O'Malley in March asking that an independent panel of leading Bay scientists be convened to determine if high voltage transmission lines could be safely buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay. "We are concerned that a proposal to place two extra-high voltage transmission cables beneath 39 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and Choptank River may impede restoration effects." Read the letter. | More information

Exposed Soil = Pollution: a new approach for substantially improving construction site erosion control compliance

From Richard Klein of Community & Environmental Defense Services: The goal of this approach is to create a widespread public perception that exposed soil on a construction is not only illegal but means that a nearby waterway will be polluted come the next rain. I’m deeply concerned that unless we can find a way to improve compliance, the Chesapeake Bay sediment TMDL will not be met, at least in the developing portions of the Bay watershed. Who knows; maybe we can even make exposed construction site soil as politically incorrect as junk cars on the lawn, burning leaves, and cell phone use in public places. The approach could also dramatically increase the number of people actively participating in the effort to reduce sediment pollution.  Unlike past citizen sediment control monitoring efforts, ES=P requires very little time, no training, no trespass, and no contractor-enforcement agency confrontations. Instead, participants simply use an online form to report exposed soil when they find it on a construction site.  Legitimate reports are then forwarded to the appropriate enforcement agency.  It is my hope that online reporting will allow us to compile a database for use in identifying those areas where compliance is poor and greater public support is needed so enforcement agencies can get the resources essential to improved compliance. If this approach does take off then I’d be delighted to forward reports from whatever part of Maryland you wish.  In the meantime, I’d deeply appreciate any thoughts you have on how ES=P can be improved.

City of Annapolis: Gott's Court Environmental Design Lauded by Landscape Architects

The recently completed Gott's Court surface parking lot has attracted the national attention of landscape architects.

An article in the American Society of Landscape Architects (LAND) publication highlights this one-of-a-kind environmentally sustainable project created to handle heavy rainfall.

The Gott's project was designed to fit in with the character of the Historic District while providing parking for cars, bikes and scooters. It includes solar power pay and display as well as unique landscaping and engineering to handle heavy rainfall.

The project's sustainable elements also include on-site stormwater management, 10,000 square feet of permeable brick pavers six rain gardens, native plants, recycled glass, refurbished street lights, solar bollards and recycled corrugated flexible rain pipes.

The article references the lot's ability to drain runoff from a historic storm that dropped more than 9 inches of rain on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. To read LAND's article, go to http://bit.ly/eJKK07.

Irish Restaurants Go 100% Green Powered

irish restaurant company logoThe Irish Restaurant Company is greener than just the green of an Irish Shamrock.

Anthony Clarke, Partner and CFO, announces, “We are challenging ourselves to go 40 shades of green in all of our three locations in Anne Arundel County, Md.” And yes, you guessed it, spinning off Johnny Cash’s hit song 40 Shades of Green written about his visit to Ireland. “We believe this green endeavor will not only continue to protect and enhance our bottom line but it is also the right thing to do.”

“With the love and respect for our home country of Ireland and growing up with its beautiful 40 shades of green we all agreed, as responsible business owners in the communities in which our families live, work and play, that it is important to become environmental stewards by reducing our carbon footprint in each of our three locations,” says Clarke. Galway Bay, Annapolis, MD; Brian Boru, Severna Park, Md.; and Killarney House, Davidsonville, Md.; are all making strides to reduce their carbon footprint through, recycling, rain barrels, Earth friendly serving products, re-using materials for renovation work, turning used fry oil into bio-fuels, eliminating plastic, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, minimizing water usage, encouraging environmentally friendly transportation with by partnering with e-cruisers, and promoting environmental organizations and community events. | read more

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Free Trees for the Free State

plant trees in maryland

You can help raise funds for tree planting in Maryland Parks -- it will take about two minutes and is free to you.

Click on the image. That will take you to the Odwalla Maryland website.

Questions: Contact Gene Deems at DNR.

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cbt app & iphoneGot an iPhone? You can carry the Chesapeake's critters with you!

Created by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, this interactive field guide includes all the wild animals and plants of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Read more at the iTunes store.

PlanetGreen.com recommends seven mobile phone apps to aid you in living the Green life. Click here.

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buy fresh buy  local chesapeakeCBF Launches Buy Fresh Buy Local Chesapeake website

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Sustainable Annapolis

  

 

See the City's Community Action Plan for sustainability and its 2010 Scorecard. There are lots of ideas in both documents on how you can live a sustainable life too.

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Spa Creek Stewardship Program Partners with Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury Automobile Dealerships to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

spa creek conservancyThe Spa Creek Stewardship Program, Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury automobile dealerships have joined forces to reduce stormwater runoff and improve the health of Spa Creek. Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury are located adjacent to one another on West Street in Annapolis. This major initiative represents over $175,000 in materials and labor, and is funded by grants awarded to the Spa Creek Conservancy by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  The dealerships are also providing cash match to the grants.

Spa Creek Conservancy launched the Spa Creek Stewardship Program in 2009 with funding support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection. The program is for businesses and organizations to positively influence the water quality of Spa Creek and College Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  Read more...

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EPA Announces Public Meetings on Draft Chesapeake Bay TMDL

TMDL EPA Website on Chesapeake Bay's Total Maximum Daily Load - aka the Pollution Diet

chesapeake bay watershed map

This is why it's important: The Bay TMDL will set binding limits on nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution throughout the 64,000-square-mile watershed to meet clean water standards for the Bay and its tidal tributaries and help restore local rivers and streams.

The Phase I Plan documents are available for review at www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl/

Watershed states are Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New York, and the District of Columbia. See map at right.

It's YOUR Bay. Get informed and get involved. Information is at www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl. Information about Maryland's WIP is on the Department of Environment website.

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oystersWanted: Oyster Gardeners in the Magothy and the South Rivers

volunteer opportunityThe Magothy River Association and the South River Federation, in conjunction with the state sponsored "Marylanders Grow Oysters" program, is recruiting oyster gardeners for the 2010-2011 season. If you have access to a pier on the Magothy or South Rivers, and can spare a few minutes every week or so, you can do this. The MGO program is free to all participants. Magothy Info | South River Information

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Team DNR

volunteer opportunity The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking interested adults to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. The volunteers’ mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland environmental issues. Volunteers should have an out-going personality and a strong desire to protect the Chesapeake Bay. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Currently, TEAM offers schools-free classroom programs on the following topics: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Streams, Oyster Reefs, Horseshoe Crabs, and Chesapeake Watermen. For information contact Amy Henry at410-260-8828 or ahenry@dnr.state.md.us. Website: www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.

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Commercial Recycling Program Begins in Annapolis

The long-awaited program is underway. Read all about it.

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Got Phragmites?

Researchers have found that the invasive species spreads in several different ways. Read more.

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Recycle your Ink Cartridges

Office Depot will give you $3 in Rewards per recycled cartridge if you are a member of its Worklife Rewards program. Information

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Herrington on the Bay Eco-Lifestyle Events is now the first Chesapeake Bay Green Caterer

Herrington on the Bay Eco-Lifestyle Events is now the first Chesapeake Bay Caterer in Maryland to achieve Green Certification as awarded by the nation's Green Restaurant Association.

The Green Restaurant Association of the United States has been certifying restaurants and caterers in their operations and business practices since 1990. This first level of certification sets a milestone for Herrington on the Bay. But, Anna Chaney Willman, Herrington on the Bay's founder and operator is not stopping here!

A leader in environmentally sensitive business practices, Herrington on the Bay sets the standard for caterers in Maryland. In 2009, Herrington on the Bay signed a five year contract with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). This allows the GRA to monitor and require Herrington's continuous advancement in green and sustainable operations. Herrington on the Bay's next goal is to achieve the second level of certification with the GRA by 2014. By 2020, Herrington on the Bay expects to attain the highest level of certification, the  Four Star Green Certification. 

Kara Sergeant of the Green Restaurant Association noted that Herrington on the Bay has done exceptionally well in the Energy and Chemical Reduction categories. To attain certification, an entity must earn points in a variety of categories totaling a minimum of 100 points. Then, for each level thereafter, additional points must be earned with the top level requiring 300+ points. Ms. Sergeant commented that Herrington's 2003 investment in a tankless water heater 2002 investment in energy efficient ice makers, motion sensored lights, and aerated water faucets are just some of Herrington's more aggressive initiatives. She also noted that Herrington is dedicated to using re-manufactured ink cartridges, Bay Safe Cleaners, 100% post consumer recycled paper supplies, and promotes their recycling program to their clients as well as their staff.   

To learn more about Herrington on the Bay and the Green Restaurant Association's certification requirements, go to DineGreen.org and search keyword "herrington." 

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Who are Sustainable Annapolis' Certified Environmental Stewards?
The categories are auto, lodging, office/retail, and restaurants.

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Scholarships at Anne Arundel Community College
The Magothy River Association has endowed two scholarship funds at Anne Arundel Community College. They are for residents of the County who are students in good standing in an environmental science program. The scholarships are available to all qualified students, including incoming first year students. Applications are available during September and January of each year. For more information contact the Science Division at AACC (410) 777-2260 or president@magothyriver.org.

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Anne Arundel County Facilities to Stop Using High-Phosphate Fertilizer
Move will decrease harmful nutrients washing into waterways

anne arundel countyAnnapolis (October 13, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that County agencies will no longer use high-phosphorus fertilizer in an effort to decrease the amount of nutrients entering waterways.

Phosphates are a source of pollution in creeks, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, County Executive Leopold said. We must do everything we can to reduce our use of this nutrient and also set an example to our residents that we need to change our behavior in order to fix our broken waterways.

High-phosphorus fertilizer is normally used as a starter fertilizer to grow grass. In 2008 over a six-month period, for example, the Department of Recreation and Parks purchased 95,000 pounds of fertilizer with a phosphorous content of 19 percent. All future purchases will contain less than five percent phosphorous. The County's move to low-phosphorous products is consistent with the goals in the state's Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Reduction Act of 2009, which bans sales of high-phosphorus products for certain uses as of April 2011.

Equally important with this issue is the proper application of fertilizer to reduce runoff, County Executive Leopold said. The lawn should be lightly watered after application, and any fertilizer spilled on impervious surfaces should be promptly cleaned up. We can all make a difference in the health of our waterways. 

More information: David Abrams, Anne Arundel County Office of Public Information, 410 222-1288, 410 693-0672

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City of Annapolis is Collecting Wine Corks for Recycling

corksA number of Annapolis' restaurants, wine bars and package stores will participate in the recycling effort by collecting corks from wine sold or served to their customers. Boatyard Bar & Grill, the Breeze Restaurant in Loews Hotel, Café Normandie, Galway Bay, Lewnes Steakhouse and The Rockfish will all take part in the recycling effort.

Residents can recycle too by collecting corks from their homes, or making it a community effort and collect corks from the neighborhood.

Just drop off the corks in the wooden wine barrel available in the lobby of City Hall or at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, B. B. Bistro, Eastport Liquors, Leeward Market or Mills Fine Wine. The corks will be collected for recycling through the end of October.      

The corks will be recycled by TerraCycle, an eco-friendly innovator who will be "upcycling" the used corks, both natural and synthetic, into bulletin boards. It is estimated that 15 billion wine corks are thrown out each year in the United States, enough to circle the earth 16 times. Last year Annapolitans collected an estimated 15,000 corks. For additional information please contact Maria Broadbent, Environmental Coordinator at 410-263-7946.

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Annapolis architect Scott L. Rand and his client have achieved a platinum LEED rating on a corporate headquarters building at 217 International Circle, in Hunt Valley. More info: 410 263-5860.

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Calling Magothy River Fans

dark false musselVolunteers are needed to confirm and track sightings of Dark False Mussels. These are the mysterious small animals that cleared up Magothy River water a few years ago. The Magothy River Association is seeking help in placing "spat plates" to which these critters (and oysters) can attach. To participate or for more information contact Magothy River Association president Paul Spadaro. To learn more about the Dark False Mussels in the Magothy River check out MRA’s Community Science Dark False Mussel survey at this link. This eight-minute video was produced by MRA Dive Coordinator Dick Carey.


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Julie is "Scooping" Her Way to Better Water Quality.

7Our friend Julie Winters was featured in a story in The Capital recently about her project to install pet waste stations to make it easier for dog owners to pickup and dispose of "doggie poop" in a safe way so it doesn't make its way into our waterways. Read the story about Julie and her project. Photo courtesy Joshua McKerrow, The Capital

 

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Waypoint Signs Point Residents to Environmental Locations

Annapolis launched new educational signage highlighting various educational environmental locations. The waypoints are sets of coordinates, enabling anyone to enter the data in their GPS and get the directions to the environmental location by car, motor scooter, or bicycle. The Waypoint Signs include a Main Sign located at Annapolis' City Dock on the Harbor Master building.  Smaller remote signs are at each featured location. The Main Sign shows the individual sites, GPS coordinates for each location, a brief description of the technologies highlighted, and a legend listing the technologies. The technologies refer to environmental "best practices" such as green roofs, pervious surfaces, rain barrels, LEED buildings, etc in use at each location. An educational brochure on the Waypoint Sign Initiative is available at the Annapolis Visitors kiosk at City Dock, the Visitors Center on West Street, at City Hall, and available on  the City's website at www.annapolis.gov

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Wind Energy at Greenbury Point

wind turbine State Delegate Ron George (R, District 30, Annapolis) proposed last year that Greenbury Point, where the radio towers are in Annapolis Harbor, be the site of a wind energy farm. Since that time he has been working with Navy officials to move this idea along. Read his update.



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Support Local Watermen

crabSteamed hard crabs by the dozen or bushel, crab cake sandwiches, steamed shrimp and more is available in the Maritime Republic of Eastport, Annapolis at Wild Country Seafood, 124 Bay Shore Drive (just off Second Street, near Back Creek). Support this local family, running the last workboat out of Back Creek.

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Lynne & Elvia Meet Ed Begley, Jr.

lynne forsman, elvia thompson, ed begley, jr.Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., introduced as a "star of the planet" spoke at an event hosted by the Historic Annapolis Foundation on April 6, 2009, sharing his insights on environmentally responsible living. He characterized his talk as one of hope for the future. An entertaining speaker, Ed (he is such a nice and unassuming guy, you just have to call him Ed) he cited the many environmental problems we face, from air and water pollution to the ozone hole, to the loss of amphibians and fish, but he said that we can all make a difference and turn things around. He spoke of the changes he began to make in his own life on the first Earth Day back in the 1970s and stressed that living sustainably is a good economic decision. Ed advised people to go Green as they can afford it. He stressed recycling and reusing. "We can't just throw things away anymore," he said, discussing how landfills are filling up. "Where is away?" he asked. "If you're not buying recycled, then you're not really recycling." To learn more about Ed's environmental work, his book and TV show, Living with Ed, visit his website.
Photo: Lynne and Elvia with Ed Begley, Jr. He's a lot taller than we are

 

annapolis logoCity of Annapolis Begins Year-Round ECycling - Beginning in October 2008, City of Annapolis residents and businesses may safely dispose of these items at a drop-off location for E-cycling. The Public Works Operations Center (935 Spa Road) will be accepting items (free of charge) Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. All electronic items (excluding TVs) will be accepted. Read more | City of Annapolis Recycling Information


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