Rather than focus on a environmental single issue, our nonprofit organization tackles a variety of challenges plaguing our communities, motivating people to stand up for nature with programs that lead to meaningful change. These include reduction of single-use plastic, waste reduction at special events via recycling and composting, advocacy for electric vehicles as a way to mitigate the effects of Climate Change, advocacy for environmental legislation to protect our air and waterways, and more.
In addition to launching effective community initiatives, Annapolis Green consolidates the myriad efforts and resources of other local environmental organizations under one website, providing easy access to leading-edge knowledge, best practices, opportunities for hands-on experiences and events.
Annapolis Green was formed in 2006 by Lynne Forsman and Elvia Thompson, two friends struggling to grasp the big picture of local Green initiatives. Today, the organization serves as the hub of the city’s environmental movement, uniting and inspiring the Greater Annapolis community. See our 2019 accomplishments.
Our Responsible Events & Festivals is just one of Annapolis Green’s program areas. Through it we engage at least 25 events annually and measure the amounts of recycling and compost. We began this program in 2013 with the iconic Annapolis Boat Shows and have brought sustainability to many smaller events. The largest annual event, the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast now results in our composting over 14 tons per year. In 2019 we diverted more than 40 tons of waste from over 30 events that have included a roster of “firsts:” a charter boat cruise, a historic museum home, a Navy football tailgate, Major League Lacrosse games, and a high-end plated charity event.
Annapolis has a nickname: Naptown. Since we are on a mission to reduce single-use plastic at our area events and festivals it seemed only fitting to name our innovative portable water refill stations the NAPTOWN TAPs. We were the first in the United States to purchase these unique dispensers from Australia’s MEET PAT company. They have been a big hit in this area and help us reduce the human impact of unnecessary plastic consumption on our priceless local treasure – the Chesapeake Bay.
Part of both our Responsible Events & Festivals and Plastic Free Annapolis programs, the NAPTOWN TAPs encourage people to be healthy by drinking more water and to care for our environment and waterways by reducing throw-away plastic water bottle waste in a beautiful way. We made this part of an overall water campaign called the Refill Revolution to encourage use of reusable cups & bottles.
We chose these innovative portable units because of their catchy look, ease of operation, ability to measure and adaptability for various types of outdoor events. The interchangeable graphic panels allow for promotion and advertising of events or sponsorship on both sides of the TAP. This makes the free filtered water even more valuable!
Our purpose, with all of our programs, is to reduce the human impact of unnecessary plastic consumption on our priceless local treasure – the Chesapeake Bay. Read more on our website.