Elk Neck State Park and Forest
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4395 Turkey Point Rd
North East, MD 21901
Eastern Shore
410-287-5333
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/elkneck.asp
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Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the Maryland Park Service has embarked on a system-wide commitment to green its 66 State Parks as models of sustainability and conservation best practices.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: The Maryland Park Service is but one unit within the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Every unit in our agency acts on daily basis, both collectively and individually, to preserve, protect, restore, and enhance our environment for this and future generations.
bulletSet Annual Goals: The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources. Our agency conducts multiple internal audits on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis to ensure we meet our goal.
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Our unit strives to purchase environmentally friendly products whenever and wherever possible. Such products include toilet paper, paper towels, flatware, and biodegradable bags.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Maryland State Parks are community leaders in environmental stewardship. We frequently host restoration projects for all manner of groups and both collectively and independently conduct projects such as stream/river clean-up, invasive plant removal, trash removal, tree plantings, habitat creation, and the installation and maintenance of sustainable day use areas and trails. We also host and/or provide multiple environmental education programs to schools, community groups, and the general public.
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
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletDo not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery or cups
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletUse high-efficiency hand-dryers
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 refillable pens and toner cartridges
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletOffer Leave No Trace tips and green travel education to guests
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Retail
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletReuse paint thinners
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
bulletTrain staff effectively to use agrochemicals correctly and in proper applications
Campsites
bulletTrash hooks provided to reduce animal disturbance and littering
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletMaryland State Parks are "trash-free". We provide waste and recycling collection for registered campers, staff, and volunteers only. We require that all trash and recyclable materials be taken home with our "day-use" patrons. We have adopted this policy to keep our parks beautiful and to reduce our impact upon the natural world. The Maryland Park Service strongly encourages the sorting and proper disposal of waste and recyclable materials and provides biodegradable bags for patron convenience.
Recycling
Maryland State Parks are "trash-free". We provide waste and recycling collection for registered campers, staff, and volunteers only. We require that all trash and recyclable materials be taken home with our "day-use" patrons. We have adopted this policy to keep our parks beautiful and to reduce our impact upon the natural world. The Maryland Park Service strongly encourages the sorting and proper disposal of waste and recyclable materials and provides biodegradable bags for patron convenience.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPallets
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletWaste Management Single-Stream Recycling. Cecil County landfill
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
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
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)
bulletlow flow urinals (1 gpf or less)
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
bulletmetering
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
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 had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
Kitchen
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletImplemented a startup / shutdown procedure which specifies timing for lighting, kitchen equipment, room temperature, etc.
bulletHave proper pilot light adjustment
bulletSetting / installing defrost timers for freezers
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
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
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
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
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 recyclable foodservice items and actively recycle them
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
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
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Carpool to trainings.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-Carpool to Trainings.
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-Performing routine maintenance to keep vehicles running at optimal levels.
Measurable Results
Maryland State Parks tracks overall fuel and energy usage for all of the parks. From fiscal year 2012 to 2013, the following reductions in environmental impacts were realized: (1) Gasoline - Reduction of 28,489 gallons used, a 12% reduction; (2) Diesel - Reduction of 16,434 gallons used, a 37% reduction; and, (3) Energy - Reduction of 654,000 kWh used, a 7.9% reduction.