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August 2016: The Green Team continues to move forward on our three major initiatives, Solar Energy, Clean Regattas and Environmental Education:

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.

Read more: 'Around the Green Can' August 2016

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.

GreenFlagHeatherTo 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.

Read more: 'Around the Green Can' July 2016

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.

Read more: Around the Green Can May 2016

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.”

Read more: 'Around the Green Can' June 2016

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