CBMM launches sin­gle-use plas­tic free ini­tia­tive

Sunday Star - - CROSSWORD - ST.

MICHAELS — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum re­cently an­nounced an ini­tia­tive that will work to­ward elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics at its Miles River cam­pus in St. Michaels.

Sin­gle-use plas­tic is any item that is meant to be dis­posed of or re­cy­cled af­ter one use. Ex­am­ples in­clude drink­ing straws, wa­ter bot­tles and Sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers.

The ini­tia­tive is be­ing im­ple­mented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mystic Sea­port Mu­seum in Mystic, Conn., with a goal to pro­vide a bench­mark for other mar­itime mu­se­ums and their com­mu­ni­ties to repli­cate.

CBMM’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mit­tee be­gan plan­ning for the project in early 2018, when CBMM Pres­i­dent Kris­ten Green­away asked the com­mit­tee to pri­or­i­tize elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics on CBMM’s cam­pus.

“CBMM is com­mit­ted to the stew­ard­ship of the en­vi­ron­ment, par­tic­u­larly that of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay,” Green­away said. “This is a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive for mar­itime mu­se­ums, and it po­si­tions CBMM and Mystic Sea­port Mu­seum in a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion around plas­tics and, par­tic­u­larly, our wa­ter­ways.”

CBMM will host two in­for­ma­tional ses­sions about the ini­tia­tiv,e at 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 16, and 3 p.m. Thurs­day Jan. 17, in its Van Len­nep Au­di­to­rium, with reser­va­tions taken at bit.ly/cb­mm­sus­tain.

“Aware­ness is the first step to­wards in­formed ac­tion,” said CBMM Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion Jill Fer­ris, who heads the Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mit­tee. “We’ve spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time as­sess­ing the cur­rent uses of plas­tics on cam­pus and ed­u­cat­ing our em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers on ways to re­duce plas­tic and over­all waste.”

“While our ul­ti­mate goal fo­cuses on elim­i­nat­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics, al­ter­na­tives should be as sus­tain­able as pos­si­ble — a waste­ful al­ter­na­tive is not a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic,” Fer­ris said.

CBMM is max­i­miz­ing its re­sources by us­ing ex­ist­ing sup­plies be­fore re­plac­ing with more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives, which means CBMM guests and mem­bers still may see plas­tic in use on cam­pus as the mu­seum tran­si­tions to sin­gle-use plas­tic free al­ter­na­tives.

“We’ve of­fered tips for em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers that oth­ers can also im­ple­ment very eas­ily,” Fer­ris said. “Is a plas­tic item nec­es­sary? What waste comes with this prod­uct? Can a plas­tic item be re­fused or re­placed? If a plas­tic item can­not be elim­i­nated, can it be re­pur­posed, reused or bought in bulk?”

The mu­seum will present its ini­tia­tive in Fe­bru­ary at the Small Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence in Col­lege Par, and in April at the Coun­cil of Amer­i­can Mar­itime Mu­seum’s An­nual Con­fer­ence in Man­i­towoc, Wis.

“We see this as part of our com­mit­ment to be a vi­tal com­mu­nity part­ner,” Green­away said. “And it’s our hope for CBMM to be fully sin­gle-use plas­tic free.”

Fre­quently asked ques­tions and more about the ini­tia­tive are at cbmm.org/sus­tain­abil­ity.


As part of its new, sin­gle-use plas­tic-free ini­tia­tive, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum has elim­i­nated the use of plas­tic cups for its monthly all-staff break­fast meet­ings. For more about CBMM’s ini­tia­tive, visit cbmm.org/sus­tain­abil­ity.

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