Eco-friendly Annapolis, thanks to mayor
Friday, July 17, 2009 - 11:42
Annapolis was named this week's destination by MNN. Although the citizens of Annapolis are very eco-friendly, the city owes much of its thanks to Mayor Ellen Moyer.
Mayor Moyer is the mayor of Annapolis, and is leaving behind an environmental legacy unparalleled in Annapolis history.
Possibly most notably, the Annapolis Community Action Plan (in draft format, last I saw) is being designed to further green the city (which was named this week's destination by MNN!) and to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The Action Plan talks about how to increase the use of public and greener transportation, how to improve water quality, and even how to create more local green jobs!
In addition to creating the plan, she was presented the Spencer P. Ellis Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for her commitment to the environment. Mayor Moyer has also committed to installing rain gardens and educating the citizens about green ways to take care of lawns and gardens without using pesticides and fertilizers.
Under Mayor Moyer's watchful eye, Annapolis has even banned the use of fertilizers containing phosphorous. Phosphorous contributes to the poor water quality and large "dead zone" area in the Bay.
When Mayor Moyer retires, she is hoping to build a home where she can host meetings to plan project to better the city. I am thankful to live in a city where the leadership is focused on making an already fantastic city even more sustainable into the future!
Photo of Mayor Moyer, courtesy of http://whatsupmag.com/
Photo of green lawns booklet, courtesy of Maryland Pesticide Network