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.
Upcoming Fall Events
Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency Initiative: The Solar Workgroup is working with RER Energy Group who is han-dling the permitting process and awaiting information on final connection charges from BGE for the project. A final decision on moving forward with the proposed RER Contract will be made by the EYC Board when all the information is in hand. For more information on the solar energy proposal, please read the VFB June 2016 “Around the Green Can” column.
June 1, 2016: The Environment Committee known as the “Green Team” continues to focus on the following efforts: 1. Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency, 2. Clean Regattas & A Clean Club, and 3. Environmental Education.
This June, we will be kicking off a full season of “Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas” beginning with the Leukemia Cup on June 4th. The Club’s Clean Regatta Policy has been updated with new best practices (e.g. recycling, composting, reusable water bottles, etc) and the Race Committee has informed our racers that EYC has a “Clean Regatta Policy.”
July 1, 2016: The “Green Team” had a busy June with the kick-off of the boating season. The team focused on establishing our Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta Program for the 2016 season.
To formally kick-off our “Clean Regatta Season,” Commodore Ersts raised the “Sailors for the Sea” burgee on June 4 at the Leukemia Cup party. With the support of Annapolis Green, we worked to achieve gold-level certification from Sailors for the Sea for the Leukemia Cup and also the Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race start/Latitude Adjustment Party. We are proud of the club’s efforts to make both of these events successful from an environmental perspective as well as a social and fund-raising perspective.
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.