March 27, 2010: Fields of Green Internship Fair
Among efforts to stimulate the local economy, the inaugural Bethesda Green Fields of Green Internship Fair March 27 proved to be an exciting step in the right direction. With more than 200 young people registered to participate and over two dozen businesses, nonprofits and academic institutions exhibiting, the day-long event hosted at the BCC Regional Services Center successfully connected scores of young people into entry-level internship positions offering experience toward landing green jobs. Read Full Blog Post
March 24, 2010: BG Co-sponsors Green Biz Reception for State Lawmakers
A group of about 30 Bethesda Greeners traveled to Annapolis to co-host a green business reception for state legislators. Many of the entrepreneurs leading our incubator companies participated, including Barry Chenkin of Aquabarrel, Peter Wilson of Glen Eco Vapor Systems, Lynn Miller of 4GreenPs/OrganicMania.com, Mike Kennedy of the Maryland Energy and Sustainability Co-op and Jason Schwartz of BKind Vending. A score of BG volunteers came as well; our contingent made up about half of the crowd! Read Full Blog Post
December 13, 2009: eCycling Day at Whitman High School
November 15, 2009: Shred and Recycle Event
As part of America Recycles Day, Bethesda Green co-sponsored a shred and recycle event at Walt Whitman High School. We served 421 vehicles, collected approximately 400 pounds of cardboard for recycling, shredded 13,710 pounds of paper for recycling, and filled 3 box trucks with donated clothing and household goods. Read Blog Post
Oct. 1-3, 2009: Bethesda Green Grand Opening
Our newly renovated Education Center and Green Business Incubator opened to the public October 1, after a "ribbon-cutting" ceremony in which Honest Tea TEO and Bethesda Green co-founder Seth Goldman cut an invasive species vine in front of the Chevy Chase Bank building on Cordell Ave. Hundreds of people visited Bethesda Green to meet the entrepreneurs in our Green Business Incubator and attend various talks about how to become more eco-friendly at home and at work. Get More Info
July 25, 2009: Bethesda Green Does the Farm Tour
Members of the Sustainable Food & Agriculture Working Group gathered with staff, family, volunteers, interns and friends to participate in the Montgomery County Farm Tour & Harvest Sale in the Agricultural Reserve. The group of 35 started its tour at the Button Farm Living History Center at Seneca Creek Park in Germantown. After lunch, the group visited Clarksburg’s Red Wiggler Community Farm, founded and directed by Woody Woodroof. The mid-afternoon sun and heat had worn down most of our group, so only a hardy few pushed on for a visit to Butler’s Orchard, a pick your own farm located in Germantown, to pick peaches from the available bounty.
June 20, 2009: Bethesda Green at the Big Train
Bethesda Green friends, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters enjoyed a Bethesda Big Train baseball game June 20, along with the crew from Dartmouth College's Big Green Bus and our friends from Honest Tea. According to its website, the Big Green Bus is run by "a group of 15 Dartmouth College students out to change the world - one waste vegetable oil powered bus at a time." They spent the summer together touring the country and teaching people bout climate change and energy issues. Check out their website for more info.
June 7, 2009: E-Cycling Day
Our second electronics recycling event took place at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in partnership with the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services. We had a great turn out once again, as residents took the opportunity to recycle a wide variety of items including: small electronic appliances, cell phones, computers, and televisions. We recycled nearly 90,000 pounds of electronics and helped keep harmful toxins out of our landfills. See blog entry for more info.
June 6, 2009: Imagination Bethesda
The annual Imagination Bethesda children’s event took place on Woodmont Avenue and featured live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists, and more. Bethesda Green had a booth at the festival for the second year in a row, where citizens were able to learn more about going green, as well as different ways to improve the environment in our community.
Summer 2009: Bethesda Central Farmer's Market
Bethesda Green is regularly staffing an information table at the new Bethesda Central Farm Market, located in the Bethesda Row development. This year-round farmers market offers high quality farm fresh produce, meats, poultry, cheeses, bread, prepared products, seafood, and baked goods. The market provides a convenient place for residents to purchase local and sustainable food from farms throughout the region. Look for Bethesda Green’s table on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bethesda Lane pedestrian mall. Get more info.
March 28-29, 2009: Go Green America Expo
Bethesda Green joined numerous businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies at this event at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg. As the leading community-based green nonprofit in the Washington area, Bethesda Green was asked to take an important role at the event, by creating an Eco-Community -- an aggregation of local green businesses, nonprofits and government programs -- to showcase the best of what the community has to offer.
Organizations taking part in the Eco-Community enjoyed discounted participation fees, networking, making new friends, finding potential new customers, and having a little fun. We invite any business or nonprofit interested in joining a Bethesda Green Eco-Community at future events to contact us.
March 9, 2009: Recycling 101
Alan Pultyniewicz and Ana Arriaza, Recycling Coordinators for Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services, led this session at Bethesda Green to help members of a variety of Bethesda communities to understand the "dos and don'ts" of Montgomery County's recycling program. They covered the benefits or recycling, Montgomery County laws and codes, how to recycle a variety of items, and the recycling process once materials leave your home. See our Resources page to learn what you can and cannot recycle:
February 28, 2009: Greening Your Community Forum
More than 30 community leaders attended this event sponsored by Bethesda Green and the BCC Regional Services Center. The program's goal was to provide ideas and tools for people to use in their communities, as well as get input into growing Bethesda Green initiatives.
Bethesda Green board member and Chair of the Quality of Life Committee of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Ilaya Hopkins moderated the discussion. Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman discussed environmental program ideas; Ken Hartman, Director of the BCC Regional Services Center talked about ways for communities to get support for their initiatives; and Alan Pultyniewicz of Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste covered recycling programs – everything from hazardous materials to compost. Community leaders from Carderock Springs and the Town of Chevy Chase shared their program experience and how they turned ideas into programs.
December 14, 2008: First E-Cycling Day
Bethesda Green held its first E-Cycling Day at Walt Whitman High School, in partnership with the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services and E-Structors. We collected close to 100,000 pounds of used electronics. E-Structors assured the absolute destruction of all sensitive data and guaranteed environmental compliance with 100 percent recycling of processed materials.
October 28, 2008: Achieving an Energy-Smart Home or Office
Bethesda Green hosted a panel of local green business leaders to provide an overview of energy issues and how they can impact county residents. The speakers discussed solar electricity and hot water, wind power, home energy audits, carbon offsets and state and local incentives. The event lasted two hours with an attendance of about 50 people.
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