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Responsible Events & Festivals
“The Green REF”

Each year, more than dozens of regattas, races, festivals and other events are held in the Annapolis area, drawing thousands to our beautiful community—and creating a tremendous amount of waste.

Annapolis Green’s Responsible Events and Festivals (Green REF) program helps event organizers reduce landfill waste by encouraging attendees to recycle and compost. Last year alone, we composted more than 18 tons of organic material, and recycled 1000 pounds. Several events, including the 2500-person annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast, were Zero-Waste events with not one single scrap of waste going to the landfill.

REF is a sponsorship-based, turnkey sustainability program, bringing together companies and area event organizers committed to environmental stewardship. It’s effective, customizable and fulfills the collection and recycling requirements of Maryland 2014 Senate Bill 781.

Annapolis Green is carrying out the Responsible Events & Festivals initiative under the Keep Annapolis Beautiful banner as an affiliate of the venerable Keep America Beautiful organization.


Annapolis Green Co-founders, Elvia Thompson and Lynne Forsman, are available to consult on local environmental issues and challenges. Engaged, enthusiastic and focused, they possess insight and knowledge gleaned from education and hands-on experience. If you’re looking for trusted advice from leaders in the Annapolis environmental sector, reach out. We’re happy to lend a hand.

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Annapolis Green is committed to sharing knowledge and collaborating with schools, businesses, community organizations, government officials, nonprofits—anyone dedicated to the protection and restoration of our environment. We’re available for speaking engagements, and will help direct you to other potential speakers should you require someone specialized in a particular area.  We’re here to support your next meeting or event.


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We connect, inform, and inspire Annapolis area residents, organizations, and businesses to care for the environment, live more responsibly, create a more beautiful, thriving community, and have fun!

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PO Box 3423 Annapolis MD 21403

Phone: 410-656-9420
Email: bay@annapolisgreen.com

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