ARCHIVE - A FEW PAST REF EVENTS
Annapolis Running Classic & Annapolis Oyster Classic
Nov. 21, 2015
The Annapolis Running Classic promises to be a terrific event and it's our latest REF (Responsible Events & Festivals) initiative. It includes a half-marathon and a 10k race, following a course that begins and ends at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and winds through Historic Downtown Annapolis, with the half marathon crossing the Severn River over the Naval Academy Bridge.
You'll see our recycling and composting bins at the race, the post-race party and the Oyster Classic that follows. See below.
Following the race, the event continues in the main tent with the post-race party that includes hot soup for the runners and grilled and raw oysters for all. Live music keeps the party going. And, everybody is invited to the party - whether your run or not.
The Annapolis Running Classic has donated over $200,000 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County organizations over the past four years including the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Community Health Center, Maryland Food Link, Annapolis Wellness House, Seeds4Sucess as well as to the USO. Read more.
Letting the runners get some rest for a few hours, the Annapolis Oyster Classic begins later tomorrow afternoon and everyone is invited. It's a big festival under a heated big-top tent, with local music, fresh oysters and upscale beer and wine to enhance the flavor of our beloved bivalves. Also held at the Stadium, the Annapolis Oyster Classic runs from from 3 to 9 p.m. Bands include The Eastport Oyster Boys, Timmie Metz Band, and Dublin 5. Read more. Great fun under the big top!
Mid Atlantic Gem will provide the race pace car and is offering rides! What a great way to see all the running action from the comfort of an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. Look for the pace car raffle sale at the start tomorrow morning!
Annapolis Green is providing recycling and composting at the race start and finish and finishers party AND for the Annapolis Oyster Classic, thanks to the generosity of the event organizer, Second Wind Productions, and to our
Don't forget to recycle those oyster shells too, with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship
hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club
Oct. 24-25, 2015
Annapolis Yacht Club, working with Annapolis Green’s Red Right Recycle! Responsible Events and Festivals Program (The Green “ REF”), took steps to obtain a Silver Level Certification from Sailors for the Sea, the organization that certified the last America’s Cup, the recent Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, and many other regattas around the world, for the US Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship.
Sailors for the Sea says this: “One part education, two parts activation, the program unites and mobilizes sailors by offering support and resources to help conserve and protect the ocean.”
We are proud to help add responsibility for our planet to the USODA Atlantic Coast Championship, with the assistance of our inaugural “Red, Right, Recycle for Clean Water & a Healthy Bay” sponsor, Weems & Plath.
A message from Peter Trogdon, President of Weems & Plath:
For over 80 years, Weems and Plath has taken great pride in building high-quality nautical and weather instruments. From development to production, every step of the process is handled with care and meticulous craftsmanship, whether it's iconic nautical instruments such as our Atlantis Brass Collection, or weather instruments like our Brass Stormglass Weather Forecasters, or our exclusive Conant line of thermometers for home and garden.
Over the years, our product lines have expanded to include handsome marine and nautical instruments, navigation tools and weather instruments that enhance the decor of boats, offices, homes and gardens around the world.
Our in house engraving service offering custom personalization makes it easy for you to turn our exceptional selection of traditional marine instruments, nautical instruments and weather instruments into awards of distinction and unique gifts for colleagues and customers.
Weems and Plath strives to provide exceptional service to our valued customers; and we always encourage you to let us know how we are doing.
Annapolis Green welcomes Nancy Hammond Editions as a supporter of our Keep Annapolis Beautiful program.
Beautification and the arts is a vital part of a sustainable and vibrant community. Nancy Hammond’s work has enriched the greater Annapolis area for many years.
Nancy Hammond Editions also supported the environment by assisting Annapolis Green and the Annapolis Yacht Club in making the Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship a Silver Level Sustainability Certified Clean Regatta.
The regatta coincided with the much-anticipated release of the 2016 Annual Chesapeake Poster, “Tote Boat,” on October 24. “Tote Boat,” a limited edition work. It was on display at the regatta, courtesy of the artist. The 2016 Annual Poster was offered at $75 the day of release for in-person sales only. The next day, Sunday, October 25, the poster started at $200 and increased as the edition sold.
During the “Tote Boat” sale, on October 24, at Nancy Hammond Editions, 192 West Street in Annapolis, an Annapolis Green Eco-Station was front and center, to mark Nancy Hammond Editions’ support for Annapolis Green!
More information about the poster: nancyhammondeditions.com.
Saturday, Sept. 19
- 34th Annual Hospice Cup Regatta - Bert Jabin Yacht Yard
ANNAPOLIS GREEN DENTAL
- 11th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash - Annapolis Maritime Museum
- MERCEDES BENZ OF ANNAPOLIS
- THE BOATHOUSE WATERFRONT GRILLE
Thursday, Sept. 24
- 2nd Annual Blazers. Bourbon. Cigars. - Historic William Paca House & Gardens
GREENING SPONSOR: THE GOLF CLUB AT SOUTH RIVER
Saturday, Sept. 26
August 29, 2015 - Battle for the Annapolis Buds & Burgers Title
Westin Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis
Who makes the best burgers? Find out with: 7 Annapolis Restaurants, 7 Chefs, 7 Gourmet Burgers, and 1 Great Beer! Music by The Doug Segree Band. Organized by Katcef Brothers and Bud Light, proceeds benefit Connected Warrior, Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Warrior Events.
Annapolis Green REF provided recycling opportunities.
Friday, August 5, 2015 - Annapolis Rotary 70th Annual Crab Feast
Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Annapolis Green REF provided recycling and composting opportunities to make the entire event ZERO-Waste, diverting EVERYTHING from the landfill. We put Rotary and local company Leonard Paper together so that all serving ware including utensils was compostable and Rotary saved money on these supplies. Only plastic beverage cups, metal cans and water bottles were left and that went to recycling. Rotarians worked hard to collect 26,000 pounds of compostables and 8580 pounds of recycling. The entire organization was totally behind this effort. And so were the 2500 feasters! Everyone did a great job putting waste where it belonged and many thanked us for the program. | read more
May 30, 2015 - Leukemia Cup Regatta & Rock the Dock Party
Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis
Annapolis Green worked with Leukemia Cup organizers, regatta host Eastport Yacht Club, and the EYC Foundation, to help obtain a Gold Level Certification from Sailors for the Sea for the regatta and Rock the Dock party.
Race organizers, shoreside party planners, race participants, race officials, club members and guests, were all be asked to do their part by:
- Filling up reusable water bottles from EYC water stations
- Recycling plastic, glass and metal
- Composting food waste and paper
- Caring for boats without toxic cleaners
- Letting NOTHING go overboard
- Inspiring future sailors by spreading the word about KELP, Sailors for the Sea’s Kids Environmental Lesson Plans for some fun and educational activities to help make future sailors good stewards of our waterways
- Thanking EYC, a Maryland Clean Marina, for being such a Great Green Yacht Club and undertaking this charge!
- Paying responsible habits forward into future events
Read what Sailors for the Sea has to say about the Clean Regattas program: “One part education, two parts activation, the program unites and mobilizes sailors by offering support and resources to help conserve and protect the ocean.” Sounds good to us!
About the practices regatta organizers and EYC did the following to obtain Gold certification
Sailors for the Sea has identified 25 Best Practices it uses to certify regattas at the Participants, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level. Here are the ones the Leukemia Cup carried out.
- Assemble a Green Team - Having an effective Green Team should be the first thing you consider when hosting a Clean Regatta.
- Good Waste Management - Well-labeled bins and volunteers to help point people in the right direction are paramount to an event having good waste management.
- Water Bottle Reduction - On average, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and many of them end up in the landfill, or worse, your local waterway.
- Water Refilling Stations - Water filtration systems are a great way to encourage participants to drink more water in a sustainable fashion.
- Recycling - In the classic “three R’s”, “recycling” comes third after “reduce”, and “reuse."
- Compost - When influential events implement and adopt greener practices such as composting, the benefits are threefold.
- Paperless Regatta Management - At your next regatta, consider reducing as much paper as you can by prioritizing paperless communications.
- Responsible Dinnerware - While this option is a little bit more time intensive, providing reusable dinnerware at your regatta is ultimately the most environmentally friendly option you can provide your participants and attendees.
- Trash Free Regatta - Keep your site clean.
- No Discharge - Research local pump-out boats and have them come to your regatta.
- Oil Spill Prevention - Nearly 85 percent of the 29 million gallons of petroleum that enter North American ocean waters each year as a result of human activities comes from land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes, small boats and jet skis.
- Runoff Pollution Prevention - Water quality begins to diminish when more than 10 percent of the land adjacent to the ocean is covered with hard layers such as pavement or concrete.
- Toxic Free Cleaning - As regatta organizer, you can request all participants limit their impact on local water quality by using “water only washdowns” (“WOW!”) at the end of racing.
- Responsible Signage - Long gone are the days where only cans and bottles can be recycled.
- Collect Sustainability Metrics - One thing you can do at your event is collect data on how much of an impact you’re having on your local waterways.
- Public Engagement - Educate your participants on threats and issues facing the ocean by creating a Clean Regattas subpage on your website or hosting an environmental booth at your regatta that informs people on a particular topic.
May 2 & 3, 2015 - Parole Rotary's Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville
A festival featuring BBQ, and other delicious food, and music to raise money for charity.
Annapolis Green REF, with sponsorship from Solar City, provided composting services to the BBQ competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society on Saturday.
Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
A ZERO-WASTE EVENT!
Feasting Responsibly! - The Rotary Club of Annapolis worked with Annapolis Green to make the 69th Annual Crab Feast a ZERO-WASTE event. With sponsorship from Maryland Sports and Realtor® Kristi Neidhardt, Your Eco-Agent, Annapolis Green helped to collect some 10 TONS of food waste for composting at the facility of our composting partner, Veteran Compost, in Aberdeen. Working with our recycling partner, WasteStrategies, we collected close to 2000 pounds of recyclables. All that -- the food waste and the plastics, paper and cans -- would have gone to the landfill without our program. And, as two added benefits, crab feasters learned about recycling and composting, and the clean-up at the end was quicker!
Approximately 2,300 people attended and finished off 350 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. The crowd was very cooperative, in fact, enthusiastic, to compost and recycle! It took the community to make this a success.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Chesapeake Bayhawks Go Green Night
Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
The Bayhawks give a lot back to our community and the July 31 game was no exception. Working with Annapolis Green, they declared it Go Green Night. With sponsorship from Maryland Sports and Realtor® Kristi Neidhardt, Your Eco-Agent, Annapolis Green and partners WasteStrategies and Veteran Compost, contributed recycling and composting services that complimented the environmental messages the Bayhawks gave the fans.
- First Green game theme in Major League Lacrosse - thanks to the Bayhawks!
- First game to encourage recycling at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
- First ever composting at any Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium game
- First ever broadcasted Public Service Announcements on Greening - thanks to the Bayhawks
- First ever Green message on Jumbotron at the stadium
- Debut of Annapolis Green's new blue recycling bins - thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful
A portion of the tickets sales for that game benefit Annapolis Green. We look forward to more events with the Bayhawks, our local Major League Lacrosse team!