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October 1, 2016: As the fall season begins, the Environmental Committee or Green Team is evaluating our three ongoing initiatives: Clean Regattas/Clean Club, Environmental Education and Solar Energy. We are also exploring new opportunities and ways to enhance our efforts.

GreenTeam3Clean Regattas/Clean Club: We are proud of our Sailors for the Sea 2016 “Clean Regatta” efforts. To date five regattas have been certified at the gold level and our joint AYC & EYC Labor Day regatta was certified at the silver level. Our effort to implement best practices at all our regattas has been a learning process for the team, the race committee and our club members but each event gets easier. The challenge is to get the club fully implementing best practices such as recycling, composting, using refillable water bottles, etc., all the time.

Environmental Education: Our Education Initiative has focused on signage and messaging through our “Green Can - Did you know?” posters/fliers. Recognizing that education is the key to achieving our goals, the team intends to sponsor several environmental/stewardship lectures this winter and encourage expansion of the “environmental component” of EYCF’s STEM Program and the Junior Sailing Program’s Bay Week next year.

Solar Energy: Over the past year, the solar workgroup evaluated the use of alternative energy sources such as solar to reduce our environmental footprint and reduce the club’s energy costs. A solar energy strategy was developed and discussions initiated with RER Energy Group, LLC, a company that specializes in helping non-profits move to solar. They would develop a solar farm offsite that would supply our energy needs at a reduced cost. For more information on the solar concept see the VFB June issue. There will also be a Town Hall meeting on the solar proposal this fall.

The Green Team wishes to thank the club officers, committee chairs and members for their efforts to make EYC a truly clean club that is committed to environmental sustainability and a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

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