Earth Day officially comes tomorrow, but already Bethesda Green has appeared at a full calendar of activities surrounding this year’s Earth Day celebrations.  Over the weekend, Executive Director Dave Feldman told our story at a Team Obama Earth Day House Party and helped clean up Little Falls creek.  Meanwhile, I joined a number of groups promoting eco-friendly products and services at the Fitzgerald Auto Mall in Gaithersburg for a Consumer Expo.

Now an auto dealership may seem an unlikely place to celebrate Earth Day, but the Fitzgerald folks are true champions of the environment.  They recycle over 80 percent of their waste — far above the Montgomery County goal of 50 percent — representing over 4 million pounds of materials.

Part of the showcasing crew at the FitzMall event included Susan Susanke (Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc.), Laurie McKee and Dave Heffernan (Bethesda Green), and Pio Scarano (Washington Gas Energy Services).

Part of the showcasing crew at the FitzMall event included Susan Susanke (Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc.), Laurie McKee and Dave Heffernan (Bethesda Green), and Pio Scarano (Washington Gas Energy Services).

In particular, I want to thank Purchasing Manager Jerry Roberts, who makes it his mission to keep the auto dealer as green as possible. For more info, see their Environment Management System.  In an industry not associated with being eco-friendly, the company sets a standard other dealers should emulate.

Other highlights of our Earth Day celebrations include joining a Green Drinks networking meet-up to rally support for improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  The Bethesda Green Drinks gathers April 22, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Redwood restaurant.  And on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., look for us at the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services event, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, which will include tours of the county’s award-winning Recycling Center.

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