Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Our mission is to connect, educate and motivate Greater Annapolis to protect the environment and beautify our surroundings for a strong and thriving way of life. Our vision is a healthy, beautiful and vibrant Greater Annapolis Community. In 2015 Annapolis Green became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. We see ourselves as the “connectors,” the glue that brings the environmental, business, government and non-profit sectors together.
In Person – Green Drinks, a monthly gathering (that attracts 100-200 people each month) that gives the eco-minded – environmentalists, businesses and residents, a chance to connect, learn and have fun. We also host other special events such as film screenings, tours and presentations. The Annapolis Green House is our new office, which is being transformed into a Green Community Resource Center. From information on services, products and organizations to accommodating small meetings and flexible work space, we have it all at our central location in the shadow of the State House.
On Line – AnnapolisGreen.com is full of information about local environmental issues and the area’s most comprehensive calendar of events.
On the Air – Our weekly radio show on environmental issues airs Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on WNAV, Your Hometown Station, 1430AM & 99.9FM.
In Action – Our program, Responsible Events & Festivals (the Green REF), helps local events Go Green with best practices including recycling, composting and measurement and assisting with marketing, sponsorships and resources. REF ranges from sporting events to festivals, to running races, sailing regattas and more and has resulted in keeping at least 50 tons of recyclable and compostable materials out of the landfill.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
It’s all about the connections made at Green Drinks Annapolis! And, there are many! The tagline for our monthly networking is: “The fun side of eco-awareness making serious connections.” We’ve hosted these gatherings for 10 years and hearing about all the powerful interactions NEVER gets old.
It makes us happy to know that people come to our events not only to socialize but to learn about sustainability issues. We know that business deals have been made, jobs filled, projects advanced and more, because of the person-to-person opportunity we provide. Many times over we hear people say: “I heard about that at Green Drinks.”
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
We started our organization with strong community momentum. Our biggest challenge now is to take this momentum to the next level so we can make Annapolis Green itself financially sustainable. Sponsorships and small donations are greatly appreciated but an endowment or other large gift would allow us to hire staff and take the organization to a higher level.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
Always! This holiday season we have lots of activity! We are offering gift wrapping during the Midnight Madness evenings in Annapolis, but with a twist that is in line with our mission. Our “Wrap Responsibly” service offers re-used and repurposed materials. We are also recycling the public’s Christmas lights and selling Crab Compost. The latter is the result of our project to help the iconic Annapolis Rotary Crabfeast go Zero Waste by composting over 13 tons of crab waste last August. Now we can offer sweet, fluffy organic compost – in decorated, recycled five-gallon buckets as great gifts for gardeners.
Our next Green Drinks is in the planning stage right now but we are hoping to have it immediately following the annual Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment’s Environmental Legislative Summit on January 26, 2017. This gives people a way to “continue the conversation” after top legislative leaders and environmental advocates speak for a few hours about the environmental priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session. With partner organizations, we are also planning environmental movie nights, stormwater projects and more.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
Get in touch with us at annapolisgreen.com or firstname.lastname@example.org