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GreenGive 2022

The GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions.

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County community will join in the Sixth Annual GreenGive to support clean water in our own communities. Through an interactive online platform, individuals and businesses can invest in clean water by donating to the ten GreenGive partners listed below.

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Lynne Forsman

Annapolis Green’s 12 Months of 2021

by Lynne Forsman

For those both new and old to Annapolis green, our 15 Years of Green video is chockful of memories, accomplishments, and pictures.

Yet, it’s also time to think about and appreciate what we’ve accomplished and learned in just the past year.


annapolis green readsA month of reset and examination of our programming for the year with Climate Change at the forefront! Annapolis Green’s Green Reads book club is a success, completing its inaugural year of amazing content, discussions, and inspiring reading (or listening). Check out our website to see where we’ve been, what we’ve learned from each book. Our book club leader, Karen Grumbles, has also written several blogs with her thoughts on the selections. Might you join us this year?


92 Maryland GardenInciting change through advocacy is intrinsic at with this time of year, particularly as the General Assembly is in full swing. We advocated for good environmental legislation in what turned out to be a pretty good year for laws that benefit our state and our planet. This year saw passage of bills affecting environmental justice and clean water, carbon reduction in the built environment, tree planting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure expansion, electrification of the state’s transit fleet, stronger enforcement of existing laws and more. We also advocated for a comprehensive Climate act and bills on dangerous PFAS pollution and plastic bag bans that did not pass. Here is a summary of the session from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

Sadly, at the end of the month we said goodbye to our beloved office and garden at 92 Maryland Avenue when the building was sold. That has moved us to investing in People vs Place, taking stock, and realizing we need to prioritize and wait for the next incredible opportunity.


wine tasting bannerConnecting online is the way of our world these days. Keeping it fun, yet informational is key. Collaborating with the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership we had an engaging online talk, “Birds in the Vineyard,” that included a virtual wine tasting at Great Frogs Winery with music by birder Dan Haas. With our partners at Homestead Gardens, we teed up our Here We Grow program with a series of online talks Homestead presented including “Planting Resilient Species” and more.


Kick Gas! In electric earth dayDuring Earth Day month we highlighted one of the best ways we as individuals can mitigate Climate Change is by driving electric. To celebrate the national Drive Electric Earth Day, we launched EV-ED … that stands for Electric Vehicles on Earth Day. Still under our attention-grabbing Kick Gas! programming, we teamed up with Anne Arundel Public Library’s WestStreet branch to put on an in-person mini EV Showcase with COVID protocols in place. We even had info about electric boats!


here we grow logoAfter a fun EV Trivia and Comedy Night, we made sure that Here We Grow continues to… go! Our program of planting natives, big and small, is yet another way to give back to the Earth. We added “beautiful and delicious,” encouraging adding vegetables and fruits in with your flowers! With our campaign targeting container and balcony gardens to those much larger, we educated, inspired, and even assisted in planting vegetables and herbs at The Graduate’s entrance garden! We continue to connect the community with vast resources locally and regionally to help with their green thumbs!


GreenGive 2022 PartnerFor the Greener Good… this month now signifies the synergy that comes from environmental nonprofits working and fundraising together. Each GreenGive partner plays a unique role in inspiring environmental action and philanthropy. It’s a terrific display of the incredible environmental efforts that make our community thrive:


Plastic Free July is a national movement, yet we want to make “plastic-free” the mantra for the whole year. Our Plastic Free Annapolis program continues to be of utmost importance, especially as we come through and out of (we hope) the pandemic. Disposable plastic is needed in health care but continues to grow and that is not good for the environment as plastic made from petroleum products. One of the largest plastic offenders that litters our streets and the Bay is the tiny plastic filter on a cigarette butt. Thanks to funding from several state agencies, Annapolis Green partnered with the City of Annapolis to implement a public education program called – No Butts in the Bay. With new receptacles deployed and then recycling the collected butts, through media promotion, signage and volunteers, the program’s aim was to influence smokers to properly dispose of their butts, that is, not on the ground or in our waterways. Our goal always… is to keep our town as plastic free as possible, clean, and beautiful.

naptown tap with Lynne & Maggie

This year saw the re-emergence of our creative portable water refill stations the NAPTOWN TAPs, reminding us all to forego the single-use plastic water bottle and bringing home the much larger message of plastic reduction.

From the Hammond-Harwood House’s Secret Garden Tour and the Sailing community (Brendan Sailing, Annapolis Sailing School) to “summering” at Sherwood Forest and big presence at the Annapolis Boat Shows, the TAPs are ready for 2022!




Sen. Chris Van Hollen and other dignitaries prepare to cut ribbon to open Annapolis NDEW Kick Gas EV Showcase Sept 2021

People check out Electric Vehicles at Annapolis NDEW Kick Gas EV Showcase Sept 2021

We Kicked Gas! For the six months leading up to September ramped up messaging on driving electric through an EV Comedy and Trivia Night, the monthly Ask an EV Owner (with EVADC, the drivers’ group), and even hosted an EVs and Ice Cream Social at Maryland Hall – to get the “scoop” on driving electric! All of this led up to our Kick Gas in Annapolis, our 7th annual in-person Electric Vehicle Showcase at City Dock during National Drive Electric Week. With over 60 cars, e-bikes, motorcycles, an electric yacht, and seminars, our event was opened by special guests US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles, Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman, and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, and many other elected officials and dignitaries to the toe-tapping tunes of the Naptown Brass Band. It was our best and biggest EV Showcase ever.

This month we introduced you to Maggie Hughes, our Program Manager, who will take over as Executive Director on January 1.


compost kitchen scraps Oct 1 - March 30

Composting… it’s our other rallying cry to keep methane in check at the landfill. Due to popular demand, we brought back the Great Pumpkin Drop Off at Truxtun Park in partnership with the City and with additional support from the Annapolis Rotary Club. We collected both BIG (as in the huge 1,000-pounders that had been on display downtown) and small (cooking pumpkins we donated to Anne Arundel Food Bank) and lots of jack-o-lanterns. Veteran Compost once again hauled over 10,000 pounds to be processed and turned into next spring’s hot item – Pumpkin Spice Compost (Sold by us as a fundraiser over the holidays and next spring for planting.). The pumpkin pickup coincided with a six-month drop-off composting pilot program at Truxtun to keep kitchen scraps – vegetable and fruit cuttings, coffee grounds, meat and bone scraps, and more out of the landfill. It’s still on… through March 30, 2022.

For us, composting also means going Zero-Waste – and although COVID still kept its hold limiting large gatherings, we commend Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County; both called us in to help make several of their events sustainable. We hope that’s a sign of things to come in the new year!



Most of the world’s leaders gathered in Glasgow for COP26 to announce steps their countries will take right now to deal with the Climate Crisis. We kept the conference front and center and then bought the issues back to our community by hosting an engaging and informative online talk by Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles and Dr. Peter Goodwin, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability, University System of Maryland. Annapolis Green will continue to be an active local voice on Climate Change, making it part of our ongoing conversation and providing actionable ideas on a community level.


Times of Change. First, we’re amazed it’s been 15 years since our first Green Drinks Annapolis (which we miss more than we can express). We felt that it was to unveil a video, 15 Years of Green, that captured some of our initiatives and accomplishments, with a special thanks to our contributors. We also came to terms with the inevitability for a change… and involves our visionary Co-founder Elvia Thompson who is stepping away from the day-to-day running of Annapolis Green. At the same time, we celebrate our new Executive Director Maggie Hughes, who will make our 2022 something very special.

Looking Ahead

With our list of Founding One Hundred donors complete, and new members added to our Board, we continued to thrive even without revenue from in-person events that has helped to keep us afloat for years. It’s been a difficult time but we are hopeful and excited for the future. We hope you will join us in: 1) staying informed about the issues – global and local – that affect our lives, and 2) taking action. Every action, no matter how small, makes a difference when we work together. Annapolis Green is a Force for Good, continuing to advocate, educate and re-energize with creative initiatives to preserve our planet and its life-giving resources on a grassroots level, right here, in our community. We realize positive change typically comes from ground up – in our communities. By making Climate Change issues both understandable and actionable, we spark honest conversations to collectively produce encouraging results. Join and support us – be a Force for Good. Please make a year-end donation to Annapolis Green right now.




GreenGive 2021

The GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. It will run for 24 hours, from June 8 to 9. Of course, we want you to donate to Annapolis Green, but consider donating to one or more of the other partners too. We all do good work — each in our own way.

Read about the work of all 10 organizations here. | Why support Annapolis Green during the GreenGive?

The 10 organizations are:

Details on the GreenGive website.

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Annapolis Green Reads Book Club

running silver coverThis month we are reading Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations by John R. Waldmann.

Running Silver is an informative and fascinating history of the migratory salmon, shad, herring, and other runs that once swarmed the rivers and estuaries of the Atlantic coast. Most important, this book explains what we can do to restore these fisheries to their former abundance.

Note: Our meeting will be held online unless you hear otherwise from our book club leader.

Learn more about Green Reads and join us!

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Earth Day Cleanup flyer

Project Clean StreamIn the spirit of Earth Day, register to join in on a cleanup of a property that will we hope will soon be Annapolis’ newest park at 2010 West Street!

The property is littered and needs the TLC enthusiastic residents can provide. Volunteers from several organizations are joining together to bring this bit of green into pristine condition including the Annapolis Design District, Annapolis Green, City of Annapolis, Friends of Annapolis Moms, Naptown Scoop, and residents from surrounding communities.

Saturday, April 24, 9am – 1pm (rain date, Sunday, April 25, 10am – 2pm)

Dress for the weather and for uneven terrain. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Click here to register 

Information: Diana Love,

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GreenGiveThe GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, 24-hour online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions.

On July 21-22, 2020, we invite the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County community to join with us to support clean water in our own communities. Through an interactive online platform, individuals and businesses will be invited to invest in clean water by donating to any of the GreenGive partners:

Pick More Than One! All ten GreenGive partners are part of a force for the Greener Good in Anne Arundel County.

Funds raised through the GreenGive will be used by the ten GreenGive partners to invest in actions that have a tangible impact on our own local waterways and quality of life. Every dollar raised will be turned into projects and programs that really do make a difference right here in Anne Arundel County. In a time when federal support and leadership is uncertain at best, we know that the fate of our local environment is in our own hands.

We all love our Chesapeake Bay and consider it a national treasure. GreenGive organizations intend to make sure that the waterways that feed into the Bay are clean and ready for fishing, crabbing, swimming and boating. There is no better legacy we can leave the next generation.

More about the Green Give.

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GreenGiveThe GreenGive is a local, environmentally-focused, online initiative designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions.

On May 12-13, 2020, we invite the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County community to join with us to support clean water in our own communities. Through an interactive online platform, individuals and businesses are invited to invest in clean water by donating to any of the 2020 GreenGive partners listed below.

  • Annapolis Green
  • Arundel Rivers Federation
  • Clear Shark H2O
  • Friends of Jug Bay
  • Scenic Rivers Land Trust
  • Severn Riverkeeper
  • Spa Creek Conservancy
  • St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature
  • Unity Gardens
  • Watershed Stewards Academy

More information to come. Read about last year’s GreenGive.

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Drive Electric Virtual Earth Day

Join Annapolis Green to learn VIRTUALLY about about driving electric — one of the best things you can do to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. The EV Earth Day Showcase was to have been presented by Annapolis Green during the Severna Park Earth Day Festival and as part of the national Drive Electric Earth Day event but we’re going virtual instead.

Click to see our video, produced with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC).

Then join us on Tuesday, April 28, for a Zoom event designed to answer all your questions about driving electric. Details posted here.

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Anne Arundel Celebrates Earth Day!


Join the GreenGive organizations — Annapolis Green, Arundel Rivers Federation, ClearShark H2O, Friends of Jug Bay, Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Severn River Association, Severn Riverkeeper, Spa Creek Conservancy, St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature, Unity Gardens, Watershed Stewards Academy, (entries in green) — as we collaborate with local environmental partners — Maryland Hall, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, National Aquarium, Annapolis Maritime Museum (entries in blue) — to celebrate Earth Day through the end of April! Even while social distancing, there are many ways to make your celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day informative and fun! Read on!

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Green Drinks Annapolis – Online!

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We’re cooking up a great way for us to get together  — it’s a virtual Green Drinks on Facebook Watch, Thursday, April 2!

Going online, we’re focusing on “The Flowers and the Trees” to follow our February Green Drinks theme which was “The Birds and the Bees.” And  although the flowers are beautiful and in bloom, we’ll turn our attention to the trees,  highlighting all the benefits trees give us.

So, join us in the spirit of trying something new in our emerging virtual world and to have some fun while learning great things!

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Maryland Day Weekend

Maryland Day Weekend – CANCELED

Maryland Day Weekend is a unique heritage based group of events in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County. Maryland Day celebrations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a hit with family and friends getting together to experience the local history, culture and heritage of the region. Many know we have the signers of the Declaration of Independence calling the area home, regional arts destinations like Maryland Hall and our rich maritime history with the Chesapeake Bay but we have a lot of great surprises you might not be aware of. Over 20 locations will be open for free or just $1 and give you fun affordable reasons to experience the area with all your friends and family. Read Annapolis Green’s tips on how to enjoy the weekend in a sustainable manner.


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anna binneweg conducting

londontowne symphony orchestraThe Symphony is looking to promote and sustain a healthy, environmentally friendly, thriving community and planet and has joined forces with Annapolis Green and Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, who is a renowned soprano. This concert, at the Key Auditorium, will feature an evening of music that reflects the spirit of nature, under the baton of Anna Binneweg, Music Director and Conductor. The program will feature local composer Randall Neilson’s Thomas Point Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), and arias by Puccini, Gershwin and more.

The LSO, our community orchestra involved in community affairs, is central Maryland’s premier community orchestra made up of local professionals, teachers, military musicians, exceptional amateurs and students. They play for the love of making high-quality classical and light classical music for themselves and for their listeners. The orchestra has the development of young musicians as part of its mission.

Tickets: $20 & $15 for seniors.

Pre-concert reception begins at 6:30 pm.

More information | Buy Tickets

Composer Randy Neilsen
Nia Franklin
Nia Franklin, Soprano & Miss America 2019

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Annapolis Green Holiday Open House

Start your Midnight Madness with Annapolis Green! Join us at our office, the Annapolis Green House, to toast another year of friendships and Green Drinks! You can’t miss ordering that special gift AND checking out our decorated dinghy! Light refreshments.

Looking for gifts? In addition to the terrific buys available on magically lit Maryland Avenue, we and several of our friends will have some very special ones.

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Kick off the holiday season with a stroll down Maryland Avenue and State Circle!

Start the evening off at the Annapolis Green House (92 Maryland Avenue) where we will have some special items for sale and treats to enjoy.

The shops will be decked out in twinkling lights and windows filled with festive displays. Stop by for refreshments, to visit with friends, and to shop local!


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four rivers heritageFour Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County, will hold its Sixteenth Annual Heritage Awards on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Annapolis Green will receive the 2019 Stewardship Award for our “Tread Lightly: Climate Change and You” series sponsored by Hannon Armstrong. Four Rivers’ nine 2019 awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy. The awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets: $15.


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