No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects of our environmental
and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about!
Tuesday, June 23
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
at the Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
details to come
Free admission. No RSVP required. Cash bar.
Don't forget your name badge if you have one. And, yes, we're still recycling natural corks. Bring us your corks!
Tuesday, May 12
Sea level rise -- it's coming -- and our city is planning for it now.
Find out more at Green Drinks Annapolis.
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At the April Green Drinks we called attention to the importance of clean water -- both locally and globally. In May, we looked at how Climate Change is going to alter our relationship with water in a different way, right here at home.
David Mandell, Senior Planner in the City of Annapolis Annapolis Office of Emergency Management office gave a synopsis of how the city is addressing changes that will be needed as sea level rises. Many Green Drinkers were very interested in this and Dave had a line of people wanting to talk with him.
Donna Ware, Vice President for Historic Preservation at the Historic Annapolis Foundation discussed how her organization is part of the planning process too -- a natural partnership given the large number of historic buildings that will be threatened by high water. The building that houses the Chart House has its own history: it was once part of the iconic Trumpy boat building operation -- part of Eastport's unique maritime heritage.
Michael Dowling, consulting architect with the City's Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation planning process spoke as well with details about all the agencies and non-govermental organizations involved.
The Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis' Jack Lahr made a short presentation about grass roots efforts to address climate change. This group had quite a presence with a number of volunteers and literature to distribute. Learn more.
We would like to give a big thank you to the Chart House Restaurant, particularly Sales Manager Amy Paulin, for the hospitality. It was not easy for the staff to accommodate our large numbers (close to 200!) but they provided a generous amount of delicious appetizers and took good care
<-- photo by Ken Tom
The beautifully renovated Chart House hosted our event, right on the water, overlooking Spa Creek. The Executive Chef Chris Lacasse worked up a menu of complimentary appetizers that included veggies, crab and oysters and were delicious.
And congratulations to the Chart House as it became the State's 10th restaurant certified by Maryland Green Travel. We presented Regional Director Paul Broccolina with the official certificate! (Photo by Ken Tom) -->
During the Chart House renovation, contractors reclaimed as much wood and materials as possible and those materials were used to build the new entrance, bathrooms, and build the "bulkhead" around the existing kitchen. Everything that could not be reused was recycled. The Chart House management has implemented a recycling program within the restaurant as well as a system for saving wine corks to be repurposed. And Chart House continues to save oyster shells for future oysters as a partner with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
Here's a snapshot of other Chart House Green practices:
Our Green Team's calculations show that we are recycling more than 2500 lbs. per week with most of the weight coming from bottles and cardboard. Conversely, we generate approximately 7700 lbs. of trash each week. The resulting recycling rate by weight is currently 24%.
We are procuring local food and beverages, using green cleaners and recycled content paper towels & tissues. An eco friendly disposables plan is in place to phase out Styrofoam.
The Chart House has other Greening practices in mind that will be implemented soon including the "Kitchen Video" that places orders without paper and perfectly times cooking and delivery to the table to eliminate food waste. And... they may be considering an electric vehicle charging station too!
About Sea Level Rise
The University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science led an investigation that concluded that the State of Maryland should plan for a rise in sea level of as much as 2.1 feet by 2050. Scientists say it could be as much as 3.7 feet by the end of the century. Learn more.
City officials are also concerned about the effect of this on the inventory of historic structures and cultural heritage in this area and are developing a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The City of Annapolis recently developed a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was updated in 2012, to address various types of natural disasters prevalent to the region. However, the long-term concern for the accelerating rate of sea level rise and the devastation realized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has created a sense of urgency in Annapolis for the development of a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The plan will identify and mitigate potential loss to historic resources associated with natural disasters, primarily threats to sea-level rise, subsidence, and flooding. By assessing the significance of cultural resources within the 100-year flood plain boundary and risk from flooding associated with those resources, planning for their preservation enables the City of Annapolis to better protect the architectural integrity of the Colonial Annapolis Landmark. Learn more. | Presentation
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Green Drinks is a happy hour that gives the environmentally minded a chance to get to know one another in a fun informal way facilitating working together for a common cause: The Health of the Chesapeake Bay and to make Annapolis visibly the Greenest City in the State. It's free and no reservations are required. Cash bar. There are always soft drinks available. You don't have to drink alcohol to enjoy Green Drinks! Our gatherings, in a different location each month, feature venues that operate sustainably, and sustainable food and drink. We routinely draw from 150 to 200 environmentally conscious attendees.
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