Is Annapolis a Green City?

So while I’ve seen a lot of marketing by the city and again today by the state in a news release I received just today, it seems as if our government agencies are only serious about conservation when it suits their purposes

If you read my blog on a somewhat regular basis, you know by now that I usually start my day with an early morning walk down to City Dock. This time of year, my day starts very early, so I am often downtown by 6:30. This morning on my return up Main Street I passed the garbage truck as it pulled to the curb. There waiting were several very large cardboard boxes and my first thought was that they had been put there on the curb for recycling. But this was not so, as I saw the private garbage truck pick up the new stiff cardboard and mix it in with a bag of garbage and perhaps a few plastic and glass bottles for good measure. For businesses in downtown Annapolis there is no recycling pick-up offered by the city and no incentive that I know of to recycle, unless a business wants to promote their recycling activity as a marketing ploy.
So while I’ve seen a lot of marketing by the city and again today by the state in a news release I received just today, it seems as if our government agencies are only serious about conservation when it suits their purposes. I can keep adding to the compost pile in my backyard, seperate out my paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic at home but meanwhile the businesses in the city are not being urged to do the same. And just how much recycling are our schools doing? The last time I checked, they were throwing away backpacks, clothes from the lost and found, plastic containers, glass bottles and more….
Here’s part of the news release I received:
Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, State agencies are taking action to lower their impacts on the environment and reduce their environmental footprints. Some actions are being taken through organized programs such as the Maryland Green Registry, Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, Interagency Climate Change/Sustainability committee and Maryland Green Building Council. The new Leading by Example webpage features efforts by these and other agencies to conserve natural resources and minimize Maryland’s environmental footprint.
“The State is Leading by Example by conserving substantial amounts of energy, greening its existing facilities through recycling and using less paper, and ensuring that new agency buildings are built to high-efficiency standards,” said Al Collins, Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. “These are just a few of the many best practices that are showcased on the Leading by Example website, which shows that Maryland truly is in the forefront of protecting its environment for generations to come.”
Sounds good, but how much is really being done? What have you seen and observed? Let me know…

Fashion or Trashion in Annapolis?..You Decide

My daughter is excited to be participating in this Friday’s Trashion Show at Arundel High School. I’ll be cheering in the audience. The student designers will be creating a variety of “looks” by utilizing recycled materials. The monies raised will be donated to local environmental groups. Back when I was in high school, I always wore recycled clothes. Back in my day we called them “vintage clothes.” I would sift through the large trunk that once resided in my grandmother’s attic and I would select various accessory items such as a crocheted scarf or an interesting old vest and I would build an outfit around it. I would make trips to the local thrift stores with my mother and I’d find wonderful woolen plaid skirts, blazers, and even an awesome long dress coat with a mink collar. Nowadays, it is seldom that you find nice vintage items that are of a collectible nature such as cashmere sweaters and silk dresses, but you still can find some nice used/recycled clothes. The fun is creating a look with a limited amount of money. And certainly our planet doesn’t need to produce so many new clothes, when there are so many old clothes looking for new homes. Learn more about the Trashion Show event by going to