GREEN PRACTICES

Building a Sustainable Festival

Green PRACTICES

Building a Sustainable Festival

With a mission to help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, Baygrass built an experienced team of professionals, whose sole focus is to minimize the environmental impact of all things Baygrass.

Annapolis Baygrass Festival Green Team recycling

BAYGRASS GREEN PRACTICES:

 

We work with local food providers and vendors to ensure that everyone is striving to reduce their footprint and create an event with minimal environmental impact.

 

We do not sell single-use water bottles at Baygrass Festival! Water stations are readily available and attendees are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle. We divert waste from the landfill by providing reusable metal drink cups (with a discount on refills) and require all food and beverage vendors to use service items that are certified as compostable.

 

We use solar power where available and work with vendors that source from local farms, fisheries, breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Our oyster shells are cycled and replanted, and we constantly strive to improve our festival toward a zero-impact event.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE GREEN:

 

  • Think before you throw!  Put items in the correct compost, recycle and trash bins. They will be labeled and have volunteers to help you.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle.
  • Limit what you bring that you would have to dispose of at the festival with a pack it in pack it out philosophy.
  • Say no to plastic! Especially single use.
  • Bring your own shopping bag to load up on Baygrass merchandise.
  • Volunteer on the Baygrass Green Team.
  • Help Baygrass sweep the East Beach grounds at the conclusion of each night’s show and pick up trash and micro trash.
  • Bike or carpool to get to and from the festival.
  • Share with others what you know/what you learned – during and after the festival.
  • Smile, dance and have fun!

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE GREEN:

 

  • Think before you throw!  Put items in the correct compost, recycle and trash bins. They will be labeled and have volunteers to help you.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle.
  • Limit what you bring that you would have to dispose of at the festival with a pack it in pack it out philosophy.
  • Say no to plastic! Especially single use.
  • Bring your own shopping bag to load up on Baygrass merchandise.
  • Volunteer on the Baygrass Green Team.
  • Help Baygrass sweep the East Beach grounds at the conclusion of each night’s show and pick up trash and micro trash.
  • Bike or carpool to get to and from the festival.
  • Share with others what you know/what you learned – during and after the festival.
  • Smile, dance and have fun!
LEARN HOW TO PROTECT THE BAY

 

It’s estimated that a single, healthy adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day!

We work with several non-profit organizations (NPOs) to fulfill our mission to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and to educate all who want to support this important cause. Our NPO partners and sponsors help us provide immersive educational experiences during the Baygrass festival and through our online educational initiatives.

Sign up for our Newsletter – THE BAYGRASS BEACON – and follow our Facebook page to get valuable information on how you can have an impact on saving the Bay!

 

LEARN MORE

  • Oyster shell is the best, most natural material used to rebuild oyster reefs but it’s also in very short supply. To save this ecologically important byproduct, ORP created the Shell Recycling Alliance in 2010 to reclaim shell, free of charge, from restaurants and other seafood businesses. Shell that otherwise would be dumped in landfills is now recycled, cleaned, treated with baby oysters and put back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Baygrass strives to be a sustainable and conservation-based educational event which will create awareness and action by those who come to the event and/or see information publicized about the many Green initiatives that the festival is implementing.
  • Baygrass is so proud to partner with three Non-Profit Organizations who work tirelessly to protect and restore the Bay for all of us, future generations and the ecosystem that is so critical to our Watershed. For more information about these organizations and their Bay conservation initiatives, please go to their websites below:

 

WATERSHED STEWARDS ACADEMY

OYSTER RECOVERY PARTNERSHIP

ALLIANCE FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

 

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