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!
Thursday, November 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Green is providing recycling and composting to the Finishers Party at the end of the Across the Bay 10K, with our partners, Veteran Compost and WasteStrategies, thanks to a grant from BGE. Look for our Eco-Stations!
And of course, on Nov. 8 the great Maritime Republic of Eastport Tug of War against Annapolis will take place with opposing teams on Second Street in Eastport and Susan Campbell Park/City Dock in Annapolis.
Look for our Eco-Stations, on both sides, as we Green the Tug for the second year in a row, thanks to sponsorship from K&B True Value, a long-time Annapolis Green supporter, and Green Life Chiropractic & Wellness. | Read more about the Tug, now in its 17th year!
Join us at Annapolis' only winery, the award-winning Great Frogs, just minutes from downtown Annapolis, for a festive evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, in a lovely setting among the vines. We're working on a seasonal menu of sustainable appetizers that will beautifully accompany Great Frogs' wines, available for sale in a tastings format, and by the glass and by the bottle.
We'll enjoy this in the beautiful, rustic barn and outdoors under the stars next to the fire pit with music and great company. A big thank you to 1 North Wealth Services, a Different Kind of Investment Advisor, for sponsoring our event!
Our theme is Run ResponsiblyTM to celebrate our participation in the Across the Bay 10K race on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Sunday, Nov. 9. In addition to Annapolis Green's help with recycling and composting, Race organizers are making this a "cup-free" race to eliminate the usual paper cup litter associated with water stops. Instead, they are asking runners to bring their own bottles or containers.
Annapolis Green is helping by offering another alternative, the HydraPouch,® thanks to sponsorship from the Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Maryland Sports, and the Chesapeake Conservancy. We will offer these almost weightless, flexible, clip-on drinking pouches for sale at the Pre-Race Expo on Nov. 7 & 8 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. And... you'll have a preview at Green Drinks. If you're a runner, you might want to buy one or two for yourself! | Read more about our Run ResponsiblyTM campaign and the HydraPouch.®
It is a privilege to be invited to our local winery, yet with that comes additional catering challenges to create an event you'll enjoy. There will be a nominal charge for this edition of Green Drinks: $10. There still will be a cash bar, but your $10 will get you admission to a wonderful, informative event in a very special location and a Great Frogs wine glass!
We'll have more details soon, but plan on bundling up for the weather, car-pooling to the vineyard, and having a great time.
About Great Frogs
Our hosts are winemakers Andrea and Nate O'Shea (and dog Finn McCool). The vines were planted in 1999 at Harness Creek Vineyards, located very close to the South River and the wines have won awards in competitions across the country. This quote from the Great Frogs website describes Andrea and Nate's winemaking philosophy:
Our old tobacco barn is the cornerstone of our rustic, artisanal approach to farming and winemaking. Situated on a peninsula in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you will still find shucked oyster shells in the soil reminding us of the watermen that are central to Annapolis' history. We are determined to preserve this green space so that it will continue to be a farm, as it has been since 1691. We invite you to taste the rich history of Maryland's capital as you drink our wines.
The O'Shea's have named and labeled their wines to reflect the Chesapeake. Names include the Waterman, All Hands on Deck, City Dock, and more. At Green Drinks you'll be able to enjoy several types of Great Frogs wines -- from Chardonnay to Port and declicious blends. And you can buy bottles to take home with your official Great Frogs wine glass.
Thursday, October 2
5 - 7:30 p.m.
(starting a little earlier than usual)
Eastport Yacht Club
317 First Street, Annapolis
Theme: Annapolis' First Green and Clean Regatta
We were delighted to partner with Eastport Yacht Club's Green Team to present Green Drinks during its J/80 World Championship regatta.
We had a terrific crowd, perfect setting, engaging speakers and folks who were very enthusiastic about stewardship of the environment. It was very refreshing! There were lots of new faces … and lots of EYCers too at this celebration of the Greening of the J/80 World Championship and EYC in general.
The Club worked hard to have this event certified as a Gold-level Clean Regatta by Sailors for the Sea, the same organization that Greened the last America's Cup. And it did come in at the Gold certification level. A presentation was made to the club by Tyson Bottenus, Sailors for the Sea's Sustainability Director. We’ll take credit for being a part of that success, along with WasteStrategies and Veteran Compost.
Clean Regattas is a certification program that helps sailing events voluntarily achieve higher environmental standards. Participants work to fulfill comprehensive Best Practices and receive the economic, public relations and social benefits of running environmentally friendly events. Sailors for the Sea provides support and materials, and the final certification that a club or event is a Clean Regatta. That means that a lot of best practices are being implemented -- all to the benefit of the Chesapeake Bay. | See Sailors for the Sea's blog about the regatta.| See EYC's best practices and what the Green Team did to obtain the certification.
EYC asked us to participate under our REF program (Responsible Events & Festivals... Make the Right Call!) and we are brought in recycling and composting -- not only for the regatta, but also for the Boat Show Bash, a big party EYC throws each year during the Annapolis sailboat show (This year held Saturday, Oct. 11). With its new, very eco-forward thinking Club house (Read about the club's current environmental stewardship practices.), EYC used the regatta week to pilot both full-scale recycling and composting. Five days in, Commodore Scott Miller confirmed that this will be the case.
Because of Annapolis Green and our Greening sponsors, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and Dream Yacht Charter, over 70% of the club's trash was recycled and 660 lbs. of food waste was composted during the regatta week. Annapolis Green’s 15 eco-stations were deployed for easy recycling. We also introduced composting to the Club for the first time. This was being done in the “back of the house” and with Greening sponsor Blue Bag Organic's compostable bags for ease of operations. Commodore Scott Miller confirmed on Living Green in Annapolis that the club will continue recycling and composting from this point forward! | Listen to the interview
An added bonus, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company served complimentary coffee each morning to the regatta competitors.
Through the company’s H2O Initiative, it gives back to groups like Annapolis Green to help our Bay. From its eco-friendly roaster to fully recyclable K-Cups, they’ve certainly earned the moniker “The Sailors Coffee.”
LEHR Environmentally Friendly Technology marine engines that burn propane were on display at the race village thanks to Greening sponsor Scandia Marine. Green Drinks event sponsor Mercedes Benz of Annapolis’ new B-Class and Smart electric drive cars were displayed at the village entrance -- see below -- to provide info on the benefits of driving electric. Green Drinks sponsor companies RER Energy, Solar Energy World, and Hyde Concrete provided educational materials on energy from the sun, and the benefits of porous concrete – like that installed in EYC’s parking lot.
A big thank you to Mercedes Benz of Annapolis for sponsoring this edition of Green Drinks! We are thrilled to partner with our local dealership, located at 324 Sixth Street (410-268-2222, www.mercedesofannapolis.com). Dealership rep James Shellum brought their two eco-friendly, electric drive models, the brand new B-Class and the Smart electric drive, to Green Drinks giving everyone a look into the great possibilities of affordable no-gas driving.
Right at the start of Green Drinks, sailor, explorer, and environmentalist Matt Rutherford (pictured left) entertained everyone with stories about his adventures and his Ocean Research Project, to measure pollution in our oceans. He and his partner, Nicole Trenholm, are sailing to provide data that explores man’s relationship with the planet’s oceans. Learn more
1. Green Team - Form a team of volunteers who can manage your Clean Regattas efforts.
A team of volunteers was established to manage the Clean Regatta effort.
2. Water Bottle Reduction - Reduce or eliminate the use of disposable plastic bottles.
West Marine provided reusable water bottles for all regatta participants, committee boats, and volunteers. Regatta participants were asked to refill their reusable water bottles at the water station located in the event tent. On the water, a water boat provided refills between races.
Result: 260 reusable water bottles were distributed; 3,600 plastic water bottles were kept out of the landfill.
3. Trash Free Regatta - Keep your regatta site trash free
Throughout the event volunteers maintained the site and encouraged participants to recycle. Signs were displayed throughout area to encourage appropriate trash disposal and recycling to keep site clean.
4. Recycling - Provide and promote recycling services during regatta.
Annapolis Green provided 16 on-site Eco-Stations for the Regatta and also the Boat Show Bash the following week. An Eco station contains separate trash and recycling receptacles. Lunches were provided in a reusable, recycled bag.
Result: 5,500 cubic feet, or approximately 32,000 lbs., of trash were recycled and kept out of the landfill.
5. Compost - Provide composting at your regatta site for food scraps and/or compostable food service products.
Disposal was arranged through a third party, Veteran Compost. Kitchen staff separated compost material for appropriate disposal.
Result: Final amount of compost will be supplied by Veteran Compost.
6. Non-Toxic Cleaning Products - Use only non-toxic cleaning products during your event.
West Marine provided a package of non-toxic products for each boat. The package included non-toxic boat wash, bilge cleaner, a sponge and Velcro straps.
Result: 1,344 oz. of non-toxic boat soap and 1,344 oz. of non-toxic bilge cleaner was given away to the participants.
7. Gray Water Reduction - Reduce gray water runoff from your event.
The porous parking lot design made any on-land gray water runoff negligible. In-water boat washing was either water only or using the non-toxic cleaner from West Marine.
Result: Approximately 250 oz. of non-toxic boat soap, creating 500 gals. of non-toxic gray water were used during the event. There was no gray water runoff since washing was done on the club grounds.
8. No Discharge - Prevent the discharge of treated and untreated sewage in near shore environments.
EYC has a pump-out on-site. J/80s do not have heads. All committee boats with Y-valves were tied off.
Result: No Brown water was discharged during regatta.
9. Oil Spill Prevention - Prevent oil spills from happening during your event by using oil spill kits and creating an Oil Spill Response Plan.
An oil spill kit is located by the dock per Clean Marina requirements. Scandia Marine Center, a sponsor, provided oil spill clean-up kits for each race and committee boat.
Result: 42 oil spill kits were distributed to the participants
10. Paper Reduction - Reduce paper usage by switching to paperless communications. Use recycled paper for required printing.
Tablets or iPads were provided to the measurement team, registration team and race officials for all data entry. Information entered was displayed on large screens and posted to the website. All formal notice and announcements were provided electronically via email or by website postings. Twitter and Facebook were used for conveying unofficial notification as events unfolded. Based on previous regattas.
Result: It is estimated that just for measurements alone, this technology resulted in 10 reams, or 5,000 sheets, of paper not being used. Through the use of electronic communications and using two-sided printing, approximately 15 reams of paper were saved.
11. Biodegradable Products - Use biodegradable plastic or reusable dinnerware.
Only biodegradable materials were used for the events.
12. Bottom Paint - Use copper-free bottom paints on all event vessels.
None of the J/80s use ablative paints. Our written clean regatta policy encourages the use of copper-free bottom paints for boats that use bottom paint.
13. Bottom Cleaning - Ensure that bottom cleaning takes place in approved areas and at approved times.
Boats remained in the water during regatta. As a result no chemicals could be used for bottom cleaning. Racers were notified that all boat cleaning before and after launch would be on the porous parking lot.
14. Maintenance - Ensure toxic emissions from maintenance practices are properly contained.
No heavy maintenance (sanding/painting/fiberglass repair) is permitted at EYC. Through written material, responsible light maintenance and disposal practices were encouraged.
15. Carbon Footprint - Reduce your regatta's carbon footprint.
As a result of the efforts of the regatta's Green Team, EYC has adopted many of the best practices for use at future regattas, events and daily activities. Some of these practices are a recycling/composting program, use of only recycled office paper, use of more biodegradable products, and reduction in the use of water bottles. In addition, an alternative energy committee has been established to evaluate solar panels and other renewable energy sources for the Club.
Result: EYC has began a recycling and composting initiative at least one year earlier than expected due directly to the Green Team’s efforts in promoting the Clean Regatta Program. In the next 12 months EYC expects to recycle 75% of the trash that would otherwise go to the landfill. This is approximately 140,000 cu. ft., or 500 tons, of recyclable materials. In addition, with our new focus on reducing water bottles, we expect to save another 3,600 water bottles in future regattas.
16. Recycled Trophies - Use recycled or practical items as regatta awards.
All J/80 trophies were made from recycled glass provided by Weisenbach Recycle, a company recommended by Annapolis Green. There were five skippers trophies and 15 individual trophies.
Result: Twenty trophies made from recycled glass were distributed.
17. Stormwater Pollution Prevention - Prevent stormwater pollution from your event.
The porous concrete parking lot, rain barrels and landscaping are specifically designed to keep stormwater from flowing directly into the Bay.
Result: For every one inch of rain on the buildings and grounds of EYC, 39,000 gallons of raw stormwater is prevented from flowing directly into the Bay.
18. Alternative Fuels - Use alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, in regatta boats and generators.
All deep fryer oil used at EYC is later sold and converted into biodiesel. In addition, educational information was displayed in the vendor village and at the party tent on our Green day. LEHR Environmentally Friendly Technology marine engines that burn propane and Mercedes electric cars were displayed in the vendor village. Renewable energy and solar companies provided educational materials and sponsored the Green Drinks reception that brought our efforts to the attention of the environmental community.
Result: Some 140 lbs. of fryer oil was recycled and converted to biodiesel.
19. Track your success - Document and track your success. Create metrics to measure success.
This document is our means of tracking our success.
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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.
There are over 800 Green Drinks organizations around the world. The Annapolis group is the one of the largest in the United States, following New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Portland. More about Green Drinks International.