March 2012


circle of support for osw

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is helping organize hundreds of Marylanders on Monday night April 2 to form a “Circle of Support” around the Maryland State House in Annapolis to encourage lawmakers to embrace offshore wind power.

Attendees will literally form a continuous ring of people around the capital building. It will be a powerful way to convey a very positive message: This circle represents our unified appreciation of leaders who have fought so hard to advance legislation this year to build a clean-energy wind farm off Maryland’s Atlantic coast.

When’s the last time citizens formed a ring around the State House in Annapolis? No one – not even long-time activists and lawmakers – can recall it ever happening before. How many people will it take? Several hundred at least, according to CCAN, which is why they need your help.

Free buses to Annapolis are available.  More details about the event can be found here.

The Gazette of Politics and Business, in cooperation with Bethesda Green, is providing a unique opportunity to highlight Maryland businesses that have “gone green” through a special publication distributed with its May 4th edition.

We are partnering with the Gazette and other business sponsors as part of our mission to:

  • Educate the community about sustainability, raise awareness and inspire action.
  • Incubate new start-up green businesses, fostering the next generation of green business models and solutions.
  • Initiate green projects, leveraging community expertise and assets to improve sustainability in the community.

We believe this special publication will undoubtedly be a valuable marketing tool with measurable results for all of the participants. Each company featured will have the opportunity to tell their “green” story to nearly 20,000 businesses.

By targeting 92% owners/partners, CEO’s and presidents of Maryland businesses, your stories will undoubtedly influence many others on the advantages of sustainability. In addition, copies will be distributed by Bethesda Green and other  environmental organizations in the area throughout the year.

This is how it works — along with your promotional advertisement, The Gazette of Politics & Business will match you with equal editorial space to tell your company’s story. Each story page will be designed by The Gazette with photos, editorial, logo, and pertinent contact information at a special discounted rate. If needed, The Gazette will provide you with a writer to assist you at no charge or you are welcome to write your own editorial portion.

Each company who participates in this promotional opportunity will also be invited to attend a special “Meet and Greet Breakfast” at Bethesda Green, Wednesday, May 2 to get “hot-off-the-press” copies and to meet one another.

A companion electronic “flip book” of the publication will also appear on online throughout the year.

Contact Terry Tillman for more details at 301-670-2084 or ttillman@gazette.net. Space deadline is April 11, 2012.

Even though it’s been a month since the Bethesda Fields of Green Internship Fair, the green job opportunities keep rolling in. Check out this exciting opportunity for women interested in the green building trades.

A free, 6-week pre-apprenticeship training program in the green building trades, funded through the Department of Labor and administered by the Community Services Agency of the ALF-CIO, is starting in May 2012. An information session about the Building Futures class is scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27. Interested parties should immediately contact Jennifer Gajdosik, jgajdosik@wowonline.org or call (202)464-1596 ext. 109.

Back on February 25, Bethesda Green hosted its third annual Fields of Green Internship Fair, attracting 24 green employers and more than 120 intern prospects. The employers represented both national and international environmental organizations like The Student Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy and Habitat for Humanity.  Several smaller local companies and non-profits including Rock Creek Conservancy,  Savenia Labs, Anacostia Watershed Society, DC Greenworks, Calleva Outdoor Camp and  Common Cents Solar participated as well.  Over one hundred paid and unpaid environmental internships were available through the employers participating in the event.

The overall feedback from students and employers was that the Fields of Green Internship Fair filled a great need for local area green jobs.  For many of the students who attended this will be their first step in the professional job arena.  And, for our employers who were hoping to attract top talent to their business, they weren’t disappointed.  Bethesda Green strives to create a sustainable community and support green jobs in our local economy.  There is no question that the annual Fields of Green Internship is doing just that!

For more information about employers that participated and internship descriptions, check out the Bethesda Green website.

Nonprofit organizations can help shape new workspace in Bethesda and win $250!

Graceful Growing Together, Inc. (GGT) is planning a new nonprofit-focused space in downtown Bethesda and wants to know how it could serve your organization in the years to come. GGT is asking those working with nonprofit organizations to take its online survey and share information about their future space needs with its planning team.  The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Everyone who completes the survey by March 30, 2012, will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 grant for their organization. Your response is not binding for any obligation but will assist with planning for nonprofit space in Bethesda for future generations.

The survey is ready to complete online. Nonprofit organizations throughout the area are encouraged to respond.

This year, the Environmental Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary in the Nation’s Capital. The festival runs March 13-25, 2012, and features 180 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films. Most screenings include discussion and are free.

Bethesda Green is participating in the discussion after the Thursday, March 15, 7 pm showing of Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, DC, near the Tenleytown/AU Metro station. Cape Spin examines the unusual political alliances lined up for and against a major wind farm proposed for the middle of Nantucket Sound.

Entrepreneurs with the next great idea for energy efficiency, green building, water conservation, waste reduction or green technology take note: Cleantech Open, the nation’s leading clean technology business competition, is starting soon in the Washington, DC area.

Bethesda Green will kick off the Cleantech Open competition at a reception on March 6, 5 – 7 pm at its office, 4825 Cordell Avenue, above the Capital One Bank.

“I’ve been involved with technology business incubators for more than 25 years, and I believe that the Cleantech Open competition is one of the best ways to foster sustainability, innovation and business success,” says Robert Snyder, Incubator Manager at Bethesda Green. “We are delighted to offer this opportunity to local businesses and student entrepreneurs – and excited to see what they have to offer.”

Local start-up entrepreneurs and students with businesses (or business ideas) in energy efficiency, green building, water and waste conservation, energy storage and green transportation are invited to compete at the regional level starting in the spring, with national finals held in the fall.

Cleantech Open offers winners substantial funding, as well as access to the advice and guidance of a network of more than 3,000 professional volunteers. By lending time and expertise to entrepreneurs who may otherwise not be able to get their ideas off the ground, Cleantech facilitates the growth and positive impact from clean technology industries.

Since its founding in 2006 by Silicon Valley leaders, the Cleantech Open organization has established itself as the leading force for accelerating clean technology entrepreneurs. Of the nearly 600 companies Cleantech has worked with, 80 percent remain viable today and they have gone on to raise external capital exceeding $660 million.

More information about the Cleantech Open Reception is available at the Bethesda Green Meetup website.