With its unique waterfront location, Asbury Solomons residents are passionate about protecting the environment. Their Go Green Committee leads efforts to promote this stewardship through awareness and action.
In 10 years, members added more than 1 million oysters to the breakwaters off the campus’s beach, growing many of the young oysters in cages off their dock and using funds they raise annually to purchase more from area conservationists. The goal of the oyster initiative is to improve water quality in the Patuxent River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Did you know that one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day?
Now, Go Green members are working with community associates on a Rain Garden project that will reduce run-off into the Patuxtent River from Asbury Solomons’ campus.
Under the Go Green Committee’s efforts, Earth Day at Asbury Solomons has become a monthly series of events and lectures. Our annual celebration opens the community to students and other groups to highlight and promote the importance of environmental stewardship.
The Go Green Committee also gets credit for expanding the community’s recycling efforts to such a degree that Asbury Solomons earned the Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Environmental and Community Leadership Award in 2016. In one year, approximately 175 tons of materials were recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
Meet Sue Hu, a former science teacher whose efforts with our Go Green Committee have been integral to its growth.