In honor of Earth Day, several businesses in the Ocean City area are going green.
By using environmentally friendly products and services, and encouraging others to become aware of their ecological footprints, Ocean City has been making strides in the global green effort. Businesses like The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant, the Park Place Hotel, and Ayers Creek Adventures have created green programs to educate Ocean City about how to incorporate green practices into their regular routines.
To reduce waste and pollution, The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant in West Ocean City only serves local and organic produce. Shark chefs, Travis Wright and Nate Britko, create exciting menu items using organic produce, local dairy, and seafood caught from Ocean City’s own commercial fishing harbor. The blended canola and vegetable fry oil is recycled after use at the restaurant and used as biofuel for other machinery. By creating their fresh, local, and organic menu, the Shark on the Harbor is doing their part to ensure that Ocean City remains ecologically sound.
Recently, the Park Place Hotel became the first hotel in Ocean City to begin using a solar hot water system. The newly completed system will reduce the impact on the environment by decreasing the amount of gas used to heat the large building. In attempt to save even more energy, Park Place also replaced 90% of their lighting with compact florescent light bulbs. Other initiatives in place include environmentally friendly cleaning products, Low-E glass sliding doors in every room, and natural ingredient bath and body amenities featuring recyclable plastics.
Water is the largest attraction here on the shore. Ayers Creek Adventures of Berlin would like to create awareness and appreciation of the many natural resources found on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Ayers Creek Adventures offers guided kayak or canoe tours through the marshes and forested wetlands just outside of Ocean City. By observing nature and wildlife in our area, participants can learn about the ecology of our areas environmental assets. Ayers Creek is offering a special package to celebrate Earth Day. This package includes 2 nights accomidations, a $75 certificate to dine at the green-friendly Shark on the Harbor Restaurant, and a tour of Ayers Creek itself. Enjoy some time on Maryland’s coast this Earth Day!
With increasing concerns about rising energy costs, and climate changes, the need for businesses to adopt practices that better protect our environment and its resources have never been more important. Ocean City area businesses hope that both their organizations and the planet will benefit from eco-safe and green practices.
Do you want to help Ocean City become greener? Join the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the OC Chapter of the Surfriders for their Earth Day Cleanup! On Saturday, April 17th, you can help these organizations tidy up the town of Ocean City. All participants should report to the Ocean City Old Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. Once there, you will receive trash bags, gloves, and a t-shirt. For more information on starting or joining a cleanup team call 410-213-2297 (ext. 107).