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.
- 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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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!
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.
Tags: annapolis, anne arundel county, BGE, city of annapolis, drive electric, Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC, electric vehicles, Gavin Buckley, Kick Gas!, michael e busch annapolis library, National Drive Electric Week, Steuart Pittman