October 2010


Here’s what’s going on in green.

  • Bethesda Green Gala Coverage: Our first Gala was a huge success! We’ll be posting a recap soon. The heart of the event was the presentation of the Bethesda Magazine Green Awards, all of whom will be profiled in the magazine’s November/ December issue. Read about one of the winners in this Montgomery Gazette story about Noah Katz, who placed first in the 18-and-younger category. Other gala mentions we’ve seen include  nice blog kudos from Bethesda Bungalows.
  • Flavor Magazine published a profile of BG Executive Director Dave Feldman and the Green Business Incubator.
  • Go Green, Get Green Rebates Set to Begin in D.C. – The long-awaited DC ENERGY STAR appliance rebate program launches  October 25.  Any D.C. resident who replaces an existing appliance with a new Energy Star appliance is eligible for the rebate. For example, you can get between $100 and $125 for purchasing an energy efficient clothes washer.  You can also get up to $300 for an energy efficient water heater.
  • Think Local First DC has a new website. This D.C. group’s mission is to work with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable, local economy in Washington DC. Check it out at thinklocalfirstdc.com.

Green Events

  • October 28 — Green Remodeling for Your Home and Business
    This class takes place at Montgomery College-Silver Spring campus.
    What does “green remodeling” really mean when you’re just redoing a bathroom or updating your kitchen?  In this class, learn about every-day, real-world tips, techniques, and strategies that you can implement right away in your next home remodeling project.  Taught by the Green Building Institute.
    When: 7-9 p.m.  Cost: $55 registration
  • November 4 – BG First Thursday Happy Hour: A Gulf Coast Tribute
    Join us Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5-8 p.m at Louisiana Kitchen for casual conversation and a Special Tribute to Gulf Coast Restoration Efforts. Bethesda Green is partnering with Gulf Savers, a nonprofit initiative that delivers native marsh grass to help restore the Gulf Coast ecosystem, and Voice of the Wetlands, a nonprofit focused on driving awareness about the loss of the wetlands in southern Louisiana. Contribution at the door: $10; Dedicated donations of $25 cover delivery of one Gulf Saver Native March Grass Bag. RSVP via Meetup.
  • November 6-7 – Maryland Green Show
    Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland Residential Green Building Council, this event aims to educate the public on how in these tough economic times, going green can save green! The show features more than 125 exhibitors from across the Mid-Atlantic region, plus speakers and demonstrations. Come learn everything about saving energy, saving water and most importantly, saving money!
    Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium.
  • November 10 — Clean and Renewable Energy: Geothermal and Wind Energy
    This class takes place at Montgomery College-Germantown campus.
    Learn how these energy sources can benefit your home or business, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Taught by the Green Building Institute. When:  7-9 p.m.  Cost: $55 registration

Congratulations to Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) Director of Operations Jeff Burton and the entire BUP team on dialing up a fabulous day to enjoy the 21st annual Taste of Bethesda Saturday, October 2.

Bethesda’s famous food and music festival, brings over 55 restaurants and four stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts & crafts.

We’ll have to wait to get the official metrics from Jeff, but I’m betting this year was a record-setter.  From the time booths opened at 11 am until closing at 4 pm, a throng of people filled the streets.

Bethesda Green (and the Maryland Energy & Sustainability Cooperative, a BG Incubator company) shared tent space with Bethesda Cares (a community outreach program for the homeless), the BCC Regional Services Center, and other Montgomery County government agencies — all of us providing information to the public about our respective organizations.

We passed out more than 40 composting bins, cleaning out the supply we had on hand.  The free bins, provided by the county and used for leaves and garden debris, may be picked up at Bethesda Green.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman share a moment at the Taste of Bethesda.

It being the height of the political season, the Taste of Bethesda also attracted major candidates for numerous local, state and federal offices, including Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who has represented Maryland’s 8th District in Congress since 2002.

Registration for the Bethesda Green Gala has been extended through October 4! Make plans to attend the Gala this Thursday, October 7 from 6-10 p.m.–and register today!

The evening will include the presentation of the inaugural Bethesda Magazine Green Awards, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a dessert reception. Plus we’ll have a silent auction of environmentally friendly gifts and services.

See this previous post for more Gala information. Hope to see you October 7!

Just got word about these–a bit late for today’s DC Area Solar Homes Tour, but it continues tomorrow, October 3, so you can still make it!

– DC Area Solar Homes & Buildings Tour – Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, 11am – 5pm
Tour guide available at www.SolarTour.org (free download), or at local REI stores and other select local retailers ($5 at the stores).

– Western MD Solar Homes Tour – Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3, 11am – 5pm
Tour guide/ticket are $2 each and available at area locations in Western Maryland (see http://www.solartour.org/md/index.html for details).

– The Capitol Hill Energy Cooperative Solar Home Tour and Fair – Saturday, Oct. 16, 10am – 5pm
Fair at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation located on East Capitol Street – just 2 blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court.
Tickets for the solar home tour will be available at the Fair for $10 per adult (kids get in free). https://sites.google.com/site/capitolhillsolartour