September 1, 2016: The Green Team was busy this summer ensuring that all our sailing events were “Clean Regattas” and that EYC is a “Clean Club.” Thanks to the commitment of our EYC membership to do the right thing, EYC has held four “gold-level” Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas this summer: Leukemia Cup, Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race, Boomerang Race and the CRAB Regatta. We will also join AYC to host a gold-level Labor Day Regatta. In fact, we are implementing best practices such as recycling and composting at all major club events. Recognizing that education is the key to achieving our goal of a cleaner bay, the Green Team has also been developing educational materials and encouraging EYC environmental stewardship efforts.
Green Can posters and Sailors for the Sea gold certificates
To increase awareness of EYC’s “green” efforts, a series of small posters and our “awards” will be posted in appropriate locations. The “Green Can” poster series will indicate ways that EYC is addressing key environmental concerns such as runoff reduction, sustainable energy and waste management. Our recent “Clean Regatta” certificates will also be displayed. EYC is truly a clean club and we should be proud of our accomplishments. We were the first yacht club to receive Clean Marina designation in Maryland and our new clubhouse with its pervious parking lot is equivalent to a LEEDS certified building.
Junior Sailing Program “Bay Week”
The Green Team met with the Junior Sailing Program early in the season to encourage inclusion of environmental components in their program. This year the program included environmental lessons in their ongoing activities including using refillable water bottles and our new water station. During Bay Week in August, the kids learned the ecology, history and culture of the area and the importance of a clean and healthy bay. For example, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum they learned about bay issues, dissected oysters and went crabbing; and at Bembe beach they had a scavenger hunt where they logged their findings and studied the beach’s ecology. They also learned what EYC is doing to be green and what they can do to save the bay.
EYCF Back Creek Conservancy Interns
The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation has always had an active educational program from the annual “Marine & Maritime Career Fair” to the “Sailing & Boating through STEM” program. This year as a result of student interest at the Career Fair, EYCF supported a Back Creek Conservancy summer internship program. The student projects included: water quality monitoring, a biological inventory, clean marina designation requirements, establishing no discharge zones and a photo essay on Back Creek. This project is a wonderful example of how EYC is reaching out to our community to encourage collaborative efforts to better understand and protect our local waters.
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