Wildfowl Trust of North America Inc./Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC)
600 Discovery Ln
Grasonville, MD 21638
Eastern Shore
Part of our mission and strategic plan is to create a green infrastructure that will enhance visitor experiences and protect wildlife.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: We do not have a designated team as CBEC staff is responsible for carrying out the mission on a daily basis as it relates to sustainability, facility use, purchasing and grounds maintenance. Staff train new volunteers as needed.
bulletSet Annual Goals: As a small environmental center, we scrutinize everything we do on a daily basis. We do not have written plans as we have no time or staff to make policies etc. Our annual goals for waste disposal and supplies are based on monitoring our monthly operating expenses. As part of our strategic plan, we will be replacing/repairing all facilities/equipment with "green" technologies when funding is available to do so.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We purchase items when needed and do not stock pile. We make every effort to purchase biodegradable food/beverage items for meetings and eco-friendly items for the office etc. We can't always purchase "green" because of our budget constraints.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Annually, CBEC reaches over 15,000 people with education programs, school out reach and field trips. We are also involved in habitat restoration and conservation projects on and off-site. CBEC restoration projects/programs include: oyster bar and artificial reef restoration (CBEC has its own 287 acre oyster sanctuary),installing living shorelines, submerged aquatic vegetation research with Anne Arundel Community College, controlling invasive species such as Phragmites, marine debris clean-ups, water quality research with North Carolina State University, sea level rise monitoring with NOAA, Bluebird/Wood Duck box monitoring and angling surveys...to name a few.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: We don't have an actual written plan...we just do it on a daily basis as that is the nature of our business. We are not adverse to someone wanting to donate their time to write one but our board doesn't require one.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse reusable coffee filters
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletUse vegetable based inks for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
bulletSell organic cotton shirts
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletInstall carpet with sustainable or recycled content
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe provide 3 Pet Waste Disposal Stations on our most popular hiking trails.
We have plastic, aluminum, paper and newspaper recycling bins in the main building managed by Infinity Recycling. We provide a 20 yard dumpster, plastic & aluminum igloo recycling stations in the parking lot managed by Allied Waste and QAC County Recycling. There are 3 dog stations on the property for pet waste. For glass and cardboard we have bins on the back porch of the main building and CBEC staff hauls those bins to the QAC Grasonville waste station 2 miles from the center.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Composting
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletWe have plastic, aluminum, paper and newspaper recycling bins in the main building managed by Infinity Recycling. We provide a 20 yard dumpster, plastic & aluminum igloo recycling stations in the parking lot managed by Allied Waste and QAC County Recycling. There are 3 dog stations on the property for pet waste. For glass and cardboard we have bins on the back porch of the main building and CBEC staff hauls those bins to the QAC Grasonville waste station 2 miles from the center.
bulletOur property is located in an area where a comprehensive recycling program is not available and have developed a written explanation of the recycling opportunities that are provided
We are not able to recyle certain items:
bulletQAC as a whole doesn't have a program but we've pieced together companies that will.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe "free-cycle" and anything electronic/furniture etc. that we don't need or want we give it to someone who can use it. We also shred sensitive documents and use it for bedding for some of our education animals. Lastly, we resell barn wood/windows/doors etc. that we tear down when renovating the site.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletUse microfiber technology mops
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletaerators on faucets (0.5 gpm or less for lavatory and 2.2 gpm or less for kitchen faucets)
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullettankless hot water heaters
bulletan air-cooled versus a water-cooled icemaker
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletlandscaping using BayScapes techniques
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletRain gardens
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletUse rain barrels
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletWe use an organic debris pit that collects 50% of the roof runoff from the main building and filters it through a native grass bed before it enters our visitor center pond. There is a French drain underneath the plants/soil to direct the water to the pond. The plants utilize the water so we never have to water them. This is not a traditional rain garden set up. I have the plans if anyone wants to use them. Also we have a UV light that sanitizes our water (our facility is in a marsh and water quality isn't always great)so its drinkable from the tap. We also have utilize Eastern Spring water company and have two 5-Gal water stations for people to refill water bottles at the visitor center and main building.
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHave ENERGY STAR rated windows and doors
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletGenerate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels
bulletGenerate electricity from a wind turbine
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
Minimize Disposable Food Service Items
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse disposable foodservice items made from bio-based, renewable materials (corn, bamboo, etc.)
bulletUse disposable foodservice items made with recycled content
bulletUse recyclable foodservice items and actively recycle them
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse ideas set forth in Maryland Green Travel's Checklist for Planning Green Events
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse electronic registration, correspondence and forms
bulletUse double-sided printing and copying
bulletUse recycled content paper and soy based ink
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Two employees live on site and the other two live within 10 miles. We are a rural entity.
For guests:
bulletEncourage energy efficient vehicle usage
Green Building:
bulletOur building is LEED certifiedx:
bulletWe are under evaluation for LEED rating: Between silver and gold
bulletUse LEED criteria when developing new buildings
bulletSustainable Building Materials:1.5 KW Wind Turbine 19 SEER HVAC Pump 45R-Value Cellulose Insulation Aerobic Nitrogen Removal Septic System Anderson Windows HP Sun 3 Low E Fiber Cement Siding FSC Framing Lumber Ice Stone Countertops LED Lights Low Flush Toilets Low VOC Paint Marmolium & Bamboo Flooring Native Plant Landscaping On Demand Hot Water System Organic Debris Pit & Rain Barrels for Roof Runoff Passive Solar Orientation Programmable Lutron Lighting System Programmable Thermostats Recycled Carpets Recycled Drywall Recycled Furniture Recycled Metal Deck Railing Sensor Sinks Solar Panels Solar Tubes Trex Decking Water Meter Waterless Urinal
Measurable Results
Recycled 700 lbs of various scrap metals this year and 900 lbs of paper products. We reduced our overall commercial waste by 2 tons.