What can YOU do

Patronize local businesses certified as Environmental Stewards


Check out the full list of certified stewards.

Certify your business or household as an Environmental Steward

Certify your business or household as an Environmental Steward of the City of Annapolis. This is a free certification offered by the City. Staff will offer free assistance to interested businesses. Currently the program extends to households, restaurants, lodging, retail stores, office buildings, schools and places of worship, and automotive establishments. 

Residents can take the pledge today to become a certified Annapolis Environmental Steward!

Patronize your local farmers' markets

  • Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market
  • Annapolis: Riva Road & Harry S. Truman Parkway
    WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon April 5 - December 20
    Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon June 10 - October 28
    Contact: Brenda Conti 410-349-0317
  • Dept. of Natural Resources Farmers' Market
    DNR parking lot off  Taylor Avenue
    Thurs.: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. June - Sept.
    Contact: Lisa Barge 410-222-7410
  • Annapolis FRESHFARM Market
    Annapolis: Donner Parking Lot - Compromise Street
    Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon June 1 - October 5
    Contact: Janna Howley 202-362-8889
    WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
  • For a full list of Farmers Markets in Anne Arundel County, click here

 

Participate in the Buy Local Challenge


Go to www.buy-local-challenge.com to make a pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week. This year, Buy Local Week is July 20 - July 28, 2013

 

Measure and reduce your carbon footprint

Your personal or household carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of carbon dioxide that is released in to the atmosphere as you carry on your daily routine.

Carbon Calculator


List of small things that you can do as a homeowner to reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Use reusable bags when purchasing groceries or going shopping.
  2. Take your old plastic shopping bags to your local grocery store. Most grocery stores will accept plastic bags and have recycling bins inside the store.
  3. Carpool, bike, walk, or use public transit to get to work.
  4. Fill up your gas tank, lawn mower, or other gas-powered machine after 7 pm.
  5. Try to run errands in one trip – your car gives off 5 times the emissions from starting after an hour of non-use because the engine is no longer “warm.”
  6. Volunteer for community clean-ups and plantings.
  7. Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs – they will last longer and can reduce household energy bills. Dispose properly after use!
  8. Make a conscious effort to turn off lights and appliances in rooms that are not occupied.
  9. Recycle old, used batteries.
  10. Recycle belongings that you no longer use and in good condition by joining the Annapolis Freecycle group.
  11. Unplug electronics such as the television or the computer when not in use.
  12. Buy “current cutters” which are outlet switches that cut off electric currents from appliances without the hassle of unplugging and plugging between uses.
  13. Power Strips are also handy for multiple electronic devices.
  14. Think about recycling and encouraging others to do so.
  15. Recycle or re-use old tires – use for tire swings, cut to use as garden flower beds, and they make great boat bumpers!
  16. Heat or cool only rooms that are being used by closing vents and doors to unoccupied rooms.
  17. Set thermostats down when sleeping and off when the home is not in use.
  18. Purchase locally grown produce and in-season produce.
  19. Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
  20. For those who rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, wash in a basin of cold water instead of hot running water.
  21. Line-dry clothes when possible.
  22. Use low- or no-VOC latex or water-based paints instead of oil-based paints and solvents.

 

Invest in energy- and water-saving improvements

  1. If buying new household appliances, purchase those with Energy Star standards.
  2. Situate your refrigerator away from your oven, as the fridge can use up to twice as much energy when the oven is in use.
  3. Use solar power by installing roof panels and/or water heaters that use the sun as a source of energy.
  4. Improve insulation, especially in the roof.
  5. Collect kitchen and table scraps for composting.
  6. Purchase a dual-flush or a 1.6 gallon (or less) flush toilet.
  7. Install a rain barrel regimen in your garden to reduce rainwater runoff from your roof. Check out the links below for ideas on installations and different rain barrel types!
  8. Grow a rain garden using native grasses and other herbaceous plants to reduce stormwater runoff naturally! Call our resident Rain Garden specialist at 410-263-7949. Rain gardens prevent stagnant water and reduce the chances for a mosquito breeding ground in your backyard. http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/
  9. Change your old woodstove (purchased before July 1, 1992) for a more efficient gas, electric, pellet or fireplace insert, or cleaner-burning wood appliance approved by the EPA. Older woodstoves are not effective in heating your home and produce small particles that contain pollutants which can hurt your family and the environment.
  10. Trade your gas mower in for an electric or push mower that mulches.

 

For boaters: Prevent pollution from entering the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries

Taken from EPA.gov:

  1. Limit engine operation at full throttle.
  2. Eliminate unnecessary idling.
  3. Avoid spilling gasoline.
  4. Use a gasoline container you can handle easily and hold securely.
  5. Pour slowly and smoothly.
  6. Use a funnel or a spout with an automatic stop device to prevent overfilling the gas tank.
  7. Close the vent on portable gas tanks when the engine is not in use or when the tank is stored.
  8. Transport and store gasoline out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place.
  9. Use caution when pumping gasoline into a container at the gas station.
  10. Carefully measure the proper amounts of gasoline and oil when refueling.
  11. Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule.
  12. Prepare engines properly for winter storage.
  13. Buy new, cleaner marine engines.