(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will celebrate a school-based water conservation project called Barrels by the Bay with a festive kick-off event Monday, March 23 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, CBF's headquarters building in Annapolis.
Barrels by the Bay was created by Megan Rosenberger, Clinton Global Initiative Scholar, and United States Naval Academy Midshipman. The project will raise awareness of the United Nations' 22nd Annual World Water Day while educating students in area schools about the importance of water resources. In the month between World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22, students of all ages from twelve local schools will design and paint Coca-Cola syrup barrels that have been converted to rain barrels. These barrels recycle rain water and help prevent polluted runoff. The barrels will be installed at local schools and government buildings in the Annapolis area.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith, Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer, and Deputy Director Jim Edward of the Chesapeake Bay Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are scheduled to attend the kick-off event for the project at the Merrill Center. Also attending will be local students, teachers, and sponsors. They will celebrate Megan's vision for a more sustainable Annapolis.
Megan was recently selected by the Clinton Foundation as a Resolution Project Fellow for her Barrels by the Bay project. Resolution Fellows are a select group of students seeking to impact the world through social entrepreneurship. Over 500 students competed for 15 fellowship positions, which provide hands-on mentorship, world-class global advisory resources, and a $5,000 grant for seed funding for future development.
Editor's Note: The kick-off begins at 4 p.m. Megan is scheduled to speak at 4:25 p.m. Participants will retrofit the Coca-Cola syrup barrels into rain barrels starting at 4:30 p.m. Participating schools include: Wiley H. Bates Middle School, St. Mary's Elementary School, J. Albert Adams Academy, Key School, Severn River Middle School, Annapolis Area Christian School, St. Martin's Lutheran Church School, Annapolis Elementary School, Phoenix Center—Annapolis, Magothy Middle School, and Broadneck High School.