Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that BayWoods of Annapolis is the first retirement community to be awarded the City of Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certification.
“The residents take pride in their beautiful, eco-friendly waterfront homes,” Mayor Pantelides said. “It is impressive to see how the board members and residents work together to improve the property’s energy efficiency, while providing ongoing education about the enormous need to be environmental stewards.”
The entire BayWoods facility, located at 7101 Bay Front Drive in Annapolis, is equipped with a computer based reprogrammable energy management system. This system permits real time adjustment of heat and air conditioning levels, incorporates carbon dioxide monitoring in the parking garage so fans run on an as-needed basis. The boiler system has been replaced with a high efficiency condensing unit and apartments are equipped with high efficiency humidifiers. Solar attic fans were also installed to remove excess heat during the summer.
The stormwater management pond is landscaped with native plants and is home to a variety of wildlife. All parking areas are permeable or are part of a stormwater management system. Resident volunteers remove invasive plants from the landscaped areas adjacent to BayWoods and maintain oyster growing baskets under the community pier. Residents participate in environmentally themed presentations and lectures.
The Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certification Program is a part of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs’ (DNEP) Sustainable Annapolis initiative. Launched in 2009, the Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certification Program awards best practice certificates to homes, restaurants, lodging establishments, auto repair shops, schools, retail stores, places of worship & other institutions, and office buildings. For a full list, go to http://bit.ly/11slbfI. In order to be eligible for the two-year DNEP certification, the applicant must earn enough qualifying points from a comprehensive checklist of environmental best practices and pass a verification inspection. For more information, contact DNEP at 410-263-7946 or go to www.SustainableAnnapolis.com.