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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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Maryland Day – Better Together

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 (with COVID protocols) 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 too!

Plan to visit Annapolis for the weekend as over 20 local venues open their doors for free or just $1 and give you fun affordable reasons to experience the area with all your friends and family.

By the way, the green petal on the Maryland Day Black Eyed Susan was suggested by Annapolis Green and is a nod to the importance of the environment to our wonderful way of life in this area.

Read more.

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Magothy River Association logoThe state of the river report will be presented via a Zoom meeting that will start at 6:45 PM with three recent short videos produced by the Magothy River Association (MRA). The meeting will open at 7 PM.

Dr. Sally Hornor will present the Magothy River Index which reports on the health and water quality of the River.

The guest speaker is Anne Arundel County Archaeology Laboratory Director, Amelia Chisholm, M.A.A. Amelia will present “A Discussion of Native American Artifacts in Anne Arundel County.”

Register in advance for this meeting here

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Hiking the Severn with Jeff Holland

severn river associationThe Severn River Association’s John Wright Speaker Series presents a talk with hiking enthusiast and former Rhode/West Riverkeeper Jeff Holland who will share his experiences discovering readily available hiking paths in and around the Severn River and Anne Arundel County.

Jeff has written about his hiking adventures in his regular columns in the Sunday Capital. With springtime just around the corner, this is a great time to start planning a hike around the Severn River and Anne Arundel County to enjoy the flowering that’s about to burst forth in the forest.

To attend, RSVP to info@severnriver.org and put “Hike” in the message box.

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anne arundel county watershed stewards academyAnne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy’s 10th annual conference, Spring into Action, will be held virtually over two days.

March 5 – 9 am – 1:30 pm
March 6 – 9 am – noon

Session topics include:

  • Innovative & Equitable Stormwater Design
  • Grant Funding
  • Inventive Community Outreach
  • The State of Anne Arundel County Waterways
  • Invasive Plant Removal
  • Native Plant Solutions
  • Local Government Connections

The Keynote Address, Going and Growing in a World of Clouds, will be presented  by Dr. Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, executive coach, facilitator, transformational speaker, and founder of MA Parker and Associates.

The conference is open to the general public.

More information and to register

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anne arundel county watershed stewards academyAnne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy’s 10th annual conference, Spring into Action, will be held virtually over two days.

March 5 – 9 am – 1:30 pm
March 6 – 9 am – noon

Session topics include:

  • Innovative & Equitable Stormwater Design
  • Grant Funding
  • Inventive Community Outreach
  • The State of Anne Arundel County Waterways
  • Invasive Plant Removal
  • Native Plant Solutions
  • Local Government Connections

The Keynote Address, Going and Growing in a World of Clouds, will be presented  by Dr. Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, executive coach, facilitator, transformational speaker, and founder of MA Parker and Associates.

The conference is open to the general public.

More information and to register

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Join Annapolis Green, Oceana, community organizers, businesses, and elected officials from across the state for a virtual rally and day of action in support of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act (HB314). This important bill would protect the six local laws already in existence in Maryland that limit plastic bags and implement a simple, statewide standard to ban them. Event organizers will lead rally goers in a mass phone bank and social media push to ensure lawmakers are hearing from their constituents on the issue. The rally occurs as microplastics and other forms of plastic pollution continue to accumulate in the Chesapeake Bay, threatening the 96,000 jobs and $6B in GDP in Maryland that depend on a clean coast.

rally to ban plastic bagsSpeakers:

  • Delegate Brooke Lierman
  • Senator Malcolm Augustine
  • Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott
  • Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman
  • Oliver Song, Howard County Conservancy Student Climate Change Institute
  • Alexandra (Ali) DySard, Environmental & Partnerships Manager, MOM’s Organic Market (Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred supporter)
  • Jared Littman, Owner, K&B True Value (Annapolis Green Founding One Hundred supporter)

Show your support for reducing the tide of plastic litter choking our community at this virtual rally. To register click here. 

This issue affects our community in many ways. Global production of plastic is now projected to increase at least fourfold between 2014 and 2050. As plastic production increases, so will the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. This poses a direct threat to coastal tourism and other local businesses that depend on a healthy and clean marine environment — like those in Greater Annapolis. In Maryland, a healthy Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean support over 96,000 jobs and $6 billion in GDP. A study funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) found that doubling marine debris on beaches in coastal Delaware and Maryland could result in a decrease of the number visitor days that people spend on beaches by nearly 3.5 million, a decrease in tourism spending by $254 million, and a loss of 3,300 local jobs.

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has released plans to develop a portion of Quiet Waters Park into a Paddling & Rowing Facility.  A virtual public meeting has been scheduled to present and discuss the proposal.

The design shows two boardwalks off the main paved path behind the Holly Pavilion (nearest to the concert stage), crossing the upland and wetland areas leading to an approximately 250’ long dock extending into the cove.

friends of quiet waters park logoFriends of Quiet Waters Park has expressed these objections to the project:

  • Environmental impacts to wetlands, submerged vegetation in the cove off Harness Creek upland area and bird habitat due to the removal of more than 29 trees.
  • Inconsistency with the Master Plan which called for minimum shoreline disturbance within the Critical Area Boundary and a focus on passive recreation at the park
  • Multiple user conflicts within the park as it would cross both the existing paved and unpaved trails and to the Harness Creek users
  • Traffic and parking concerns conflicting with existing events and use of the Holly Pavilion

View the plans here | Questions may be submitted in advance to Melissa Harlinski by January 29

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The Great Pumpkin Dropoff – Nov. 5-8

Give those Jack-O-Lanterns a Dignified Demise
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Annapolis Green is partnering with the City of Annapolis to collect and compost fall pumpkins that have outlived their decorative usefulness. Instead of putting unwanted pumpkins in the trash and condemning them to the landfill, bring them to the Great Pumpkin Dropoff at Truxtun Park!

pumpkin spice compostNext spring those nutritious pumpkins will have been turned into fantastic compost for your spring garden… Pumpkin Spice Compost!

here we grow logoThe Great Pumpkin Dropoff is part of nonprofit Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program to encourage home gardeners to grow food with flowers with the natural soil amendment of compost rather than synthetic fertilizers and without pesticides.

The pumpkins will be turned into compost by Veteran Compost, Maryland’s only licensed compost farm and a Founding One Hundred supporter of Annapolis Green. Residents will be able to pre-order the compost as a holiday gift from Annapolis Green along with related gardening products.

The huge pumpkin currently on Church Circle will be composted too, along with its little brothers and sisters from our porches.

How it Works

Bring your pumpkins (or pumpkin bits if you’re making pie) to the bins conveniently set up on Truxtun Park Road in Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) anytime on November 5-8.
Watch for directional signs. Just pour them into the bins and you’re done knowing that you’ve done a good thing for the Earth and lightened the landfill load!

Post photos of your pumpkins on social media. Hashtags:
#AnnapolisGreenGreatPumpkinDropoff
#AnnapolisPumpkinsBacktoNature

Be sure to remove any wax or paint from Jack-O-Lanterns as those materials will not break down with the natural pumpkin.

The Great Pumpkin Drop Flyer

compost me jack-o-lanternAnne Arundel County is also composting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Check out its Recycling and Waste Reduction Division Facebook page for details and other good recycling info.

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There's an Electric Car in Your Future

Kick Gas! In Annapolis.Join Annapolis Green for Kick Gas! as we bring you National Drive Electric Week, September 26-October 4. We’re part of a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of driving electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. EVs are fun to drive and one of the best things you can do to mitigate Climate Change! And… they are perfectly normal, cheaper than you think, stylish and easy. We think that’s pretty Kick Gas! 

Register here

On October 1 we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about.

Coming to you from the brand new Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library on West Street we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about. Take a virtual test drive!

Not your typical Zoom meeting – ours will be fun AND informative:

  • A really cool music video for AM-FM featuring Timme Metz and Tambo
  • EV 101 – how driving electric is good for the environment and your wallet
  • How driving electric is good for the climate and your health
  • Anne Arundel County Library CEO Skip Auld, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles will open the event.
    • Learn more about the BGE-County-City partnership that led to the installation of charging stations in public areas such as the library and see a ribbon cutting to officially inaugurate the them.
    • Hear County Executive Pittman discuss his recent initiative to convert the county fleet all-electric in the next 15 years. Read more about the initiative.
  • Short interviews with EV drivers
  • Virtual test drives featuring
    • Chevrolet Bolt
    • Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle (Yes! It’s electric!)
    • Porsche Taycan
  • BGE presentation about how home charging affects your electric bill and what residential rebates are available for home charging equipment
  • Drive with the Sun
    • Learn how you can charge your car from the sun with community solar (no panels) or from panels on your rooftop
  • A hilarious virtual tour of EV charging stations in our area featuring our summer interns

This Kick Gas! event is brought you by Annapolis Green in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and Office of the County Executive.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.

Local Sponsors

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EVADC logo with text  four rivers heritage area

BGE EVSmart   solar energy services

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Event Partners

anne arundel county logo  city of Annapolis  anne arundel public library

 

National Sponsors

national drive electric week 2020 logo    Normal Now

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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!

Learn more!

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anne arundel county watershed stewards academyAnne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy is a great opportunity to learn how to solve environmental problems in your community and find a local network of energized leaders. WSA’s hands-on, research-based certification course gives Stewards the tools to implement change in their communities, turning knowledge into action.

Want to get off the sidelines and make a real change? Master Watershed Stewards serve Anne Arundel County communities by installing landscape projects that reduce pollution and organizing campaigns to encourage habits that make a difference. Collectively, these community-based actions reduce pollution at its source and improve the health of the entire Chesapeake Bay.

You don’t have to be an expert, WSA will show you the way!

Register for a free information session.

Dates of all Information Sessions:
August 13, August 24, August 29, September 10

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