Amazing Things Happen When a Community Pulls Together

October 5th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it was  a year and a half ago that I wrote this post about the launch of a sustainability initiative in my community.  No one could have imagined that just 19 months later, we’d be cutting the (green) ribbon on a beautiful newly renovated  Community Center/Green Business Incubator in the heart of our city.

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But it happened, and the DC and Maryland press turned out en masse to hear Seth Goldman, TeaEO of Honest Tea, Ike Leggett, County Executive, and other assorted dignitaries celebrate the launch of Maryland’s first Green Business Incubator and the Bethesda Green  Center.

And how could I have imagined that my own business would be housed in this green and gorgeous new space?

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Back in March of ’08, I reported that:

In what may be the first effort of this type, business, government, community, and non-profit leaders are coming together to develop  programs that will reduce Bethesda’s carbon footprint, increase its recyling rate, and reduce landfill waste and pollution. And this is just the first phase of the project! In the second phase, Bethesda Green aims to encourage smart growth and green development and to green its business community.

Sounds like we more than hit our goals – with an outpouring of  community support from everyday citizens,  county government and area businesses like these sponsors.

Truly, amazing things happen when a community pulls together. If you’re in Bethesda, get involved! And if  you happen to just be visiting the Washington, DC area,  stop by for a tour of our Green Community Center!

– Lynn

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6 Responses to “Amazing Things Happen When a Community Pulls Together”

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  2. Janelle Sorensen on October 6, 2009 9:13 am

    Kudos, Lynn!! This is so exciting. You are amazing!

  3. Lynn on October 6, 2009 9:39 am

    Oh, you’re so sweet to say that Janelle, but seriously, I don’t deserve kudos – it’s all of us – everyone from the Bethesda Green Director Dave Feldman to the great sponsors and people like Elizabeth LeVaca from Calvert who give so much…it’s really been just an incredible expereience to see what we can do. We even had a local appliance business come in to deliver one thing and end up donating a whole new kitchen! :) And Seth Goldman keeps us stocked with everything from cash to Honest Tea to great ideas! It’s a privilege to be associated with this! .

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