Bethesda Green proudly received recognition as one of the first businesses and organizations to be certified by Montgomery County’s Green Business Certification Program.  County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the program at a December 16 media event (see News Release).

“Many businesses are taking steps to incorporate environmentally sound practices into their operations, thus creating a greener environment and economy and improving their bottom lines,” said Leggett.  “With the Green Business Certification Program, the County is encouraging environmental responsibility, and customers will have a way of recognizing which businesses are going green.  Businesses are telling us that our comprehensive program is actually motivating them to further expand their green activities.”

Ralph Smith, a Bethesda Green volunteer and President of Smith Design/Construction, accepted the certification on our behalf.  Ralph and volunteer Cindy Powers took lead roles in guiding us through the process.

“This certification process has helped us to focus our attention on continuing improvement and to celebrate the achievements we have accomplished,” said Ralph during his acceptance remarks.  “Just as Montgomery County is leading the state to an important goal of sustainably operating businesses, Bethesda Green is leading the way as a model of sustainability for businesses and residents.”

Bethesda Green volunteer Ralph Smith (center) receives the county's Green Business Certification with (L-R) County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Nancy Floreen, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President Gigi Godwin, and Montgomery College Interim Dean Steve Greenfield.

Bethesda Green was among the first 11 businesses, nonprofits and organizations to be certified, a list that includes our friends from Honest Tea, Calvert and Clean Currents.

To view the online certification application and other information about the program, go to

Interested in becoming a green certified business?  Montgomery College is now offering courses to help you through the process.  For a listing of offerings,  click here.