Let’s start at the beginning.
Do you have a Bay Plate?
You know, one of these:
For just $20, you can upgrade your Maryland license plate and the money goes to the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
What’s the Chesapeake Bay Trust?
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded more than $55 million in grants and is supported by the sale of “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates, donations to the Bay Fund on the Maryland State income tax form, donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal and state agencies.
Is it hard to get a Bay Plate?
It’s super easy – I did it in less than 3 minutes. You can do it online or in the phone. You do need your License Plate number and your Title number, so be prepared. Click here to get yours now.
I have my Bay Plate, now what?
Well, why don’t you start enjoying those Plate Perks. What are Plate Perks you ask? Well, announced on Earth Day 2014, Chesapeake Bay Trust created Plate Perks to reward drivers who support the Bay – “The program is designed to raise awareness for the valuable work the Chesapeake Bay Trust does and how the sales of “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates have a direct impact on improving the Bay. Bay plate owners will now receive “perks/rewards” including preferred parking at various locations in Maryland as well as discounts on merchandise and services from various businesses. Bay plate “membership” cards have been produced and will be distributed to any Bay plate owner who is interested, free of charge.”
What are the Perks?
Current perks, include:
- Bay Deejays – 5% discount on services to all Bay plate owners with membership card
- Boatyard Bar & Grill – Preferred parking for 1 Bay plate owner
- Bowie Baysox – $5 off each ticket for Monday night home games (up to 4 tickets) with membership card
- Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company – Discounted refills in roastery with membership card and 25% off online orders with promo code: plateperks25
- Eastport Shell – 5% off services over $100, and $100 off any service over $1,000 with membership card
- Homestead Gardens – Preferred parking for up to 2 Bay plate owners at the Davidsonville location
- Rams Head Roadhouse – Preferred parking for up to 2 Bay plate owners
- Rams Head Shore House – Preferred parking for up to 2 Bay plate owners
- Tommy Bahama of the Annapolis Mall – Private fitting appointment prior to store opening with refreshments
- Towne Park – Incentive Coming Soon!
- Yellowfin Steak & Fish House – Preferred parking for up to 4 Bay plate owners
“The Chesapeake Bay Trust is so thankful for the more than 400,000 Marylanders who have purchased a ‘Treasure the Chesapeake’ license plate and we wanted to do something to give back to them,” said Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “The 20 dollars Marylanders spend when they purchase a Bay plate goes a long way toward restoring our streams, planting new trees, and getting kids outside. We hope that Bay plate owners will take advantage of these great deals and see multiple benefits to owning a Bay plate.”
Why is Rams Head involved?
2014 is our year to become “greener”. As we started our renovations at the Rams Head Roadhouse in celebration of our 10th Anniversary (hello bigger bathrooms and outdoor dining area), we decided to also install hand dryers and LED lighting. We already have a lot of acceptable greening practices – we recycle our Oyster Shells in conjunction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, we buy a good portion of our meats from Hoffman’s Quality Meats in Hagerstown, MD, we purchase a large percentage of our beer from Fordham & Dominion Brewing in Dover, DE (less than 70 miles from us), we send our wasted cooking oil and grease for reuse, we use cleaners and detergents that are biodegradable and do not contain NTA, chlorine bleach or phosphates, we use reusable napkins for more than 50% of our meals, our faucets have aerators to reduce water flow, we have automatic faucets installed to shut off water, dual-flush toilets, programmable on/off timers for lighting and HVAC to reduce energy, landscape is all natural / no chemicals, our paint products are low VOC and all of our toilet paper, trash bags, napkins, carry out bags and beverage napkins are at least 50% post-consumer content. Of course, this is just the beginning and we’re committed to doing more and more in the days ahead. But in the interim, supporting Chesapeake Bay Trust and their Plate Perks programming was a no brainer for us.
As a matter of fact, businesses of any size are welcome to participate in the Plate Perks program and can structure a deal and/or incentive that works for their company. Any business interested in participating can contact Molly Alton Mullins at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you and your Bay Plates at a Rams Head near you soon!