The ribbon-cutting at Bethesda Green, October 1.

Cutting the invasive-species ribbon at Bethesda Green are, from left to right: Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman, Honest Tea TeaEO Seth Goldman, County Councilmember George Leventhal, County Executive Ike Leggett, Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh and Maryland State Delegate Susan Lee.

Our Grand Opening was a big success!

The festivities began with a VIP reception the morning of October 1, followed by a “ribbon”-cutting ceremony on Cordell Avenue. County Executive Ike Leggett gave a short speech, as did Honest Tea TeaEO Seth Goldman, Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman, County Councilmember George Leventhal and a few others. A representative from the governor’s office presented a proclamation declaring October 1 “Bethesda Green Business Incubator Day.”

The dignitaries then cut a “ribbon” made from an invasive-species vine donated by American Plant.

Several hundred people visited our newly renovated Education Center and Green Business Incubator that day and hundreds more came the next two days. A team of our student volunteers helped collect recycling at the Taste of Bethesda, October 3. Check out our news page for clips about the Grand Opening event.

Thanks to all the supporters, donors and volunteers who made the event happen! The large turnout reflects the huge amount of community support and interest we’ve received. And this is just the beginning!

Each month we’ll host a series of panel discussions, workshops and seminars around a green topic — October’s is ‘Energy Efficiency: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint.’ Our offerings include a Green Your Business seminar series and the GreenerLiving Bethesda educational program.

To see what else we have on tap, check our events calendar or the upcoming events page.

November’s programs will focus on the theme of ‘Healthy Harvests: Local and Organic Food Options.’ We hope to see you at Bethesda Green!