May 1, 2016: The newly established Environmental Committee, alias “EYC Green Team,” held its first formal meeting on April 19. The Committee evolved from the green team initially established to achieve Sailors for the Sea “Clean Regatta” designation for the 2014 J/80 World Championships and the 2015 Leukemia Cup. EYC became the first yacht club to receive Sailors for the Sea gold-level “Clean Regatta” designation in the mid-Atlantic. Over the past year, as a result of the team’s efforts, the club is now fully recycling on a year-round basis and a solar energy strategy has been developed. To ensure continuing progress on all environmental fronts, Commodore Heather Ersts recently established the EYC Environmental Committee. The purpose of the committee is to guide EYC’s efforts to be a responsible steward for the Bay and to support environmental sustainability.
As a club, we should be proud of our environmental accomplishments to date. During our recent renovations, we built a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified clubhouse that is energy efficient and constructed a pervious parking lot surrounded by a well landscaped yard that reduces stormwater runoff to the Bay. Our upgraded marina is also now well-equipped to handle wastes, oil spills and other environmental concerns. In fact, we were the first yacht club in Maryland to receive “Clean Marina” designation by the state. We also installed a wave wall in 2012 which includes live oysters that slow wave movement and filter the water. Despite these significant improvements in our clubhouse and marina, there is still more that we can do as a club and as individuals.
We also hope that you will take individual actions to “Save the Bay” during the upcoming boating season and year round. Check out the Sailors for the Sea “Green Boating Guide”, which was released this Earth Day, April 22, 2016, at http://sailorsforthesea.org/programs/green-boating-guide. The guide provides sustainable eco-tips, information and resources for powerboaters and sailors. We believe that by working together we can ‘turn the tide.”