sunflower-birthday-cakeFive years ago today, a passionate group of people came together at the Bethesda Theatre to kick-off a new initiative.  On January 23, 2008, Bethesda Green was officially born.

Many of you may recall that we had close to 400 people join us from all different sectors, many who still talk about being part of that special day.  We started as a group open to the community and today still see inclusiveness as one of our core strengths.  The seven core principles (from our initial proposal) were:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Scale up what works
  3. Identify opportunities
  4. Educate and market
  5. Leverage existing networks
  6. Sustain the initiative
  7. Phased approach

Thanks to all the board members who helped make Bethesda Green possible.

  • To Seth Goldman and George Leventhal, whose leadership and guidance gave the organization its birth.
  • To Ilaya Hopkins, Jeff Burton and Greg Rooney, whose leadership as board chairs propelled Bethesda Green forward.
  • To the Bethesda Green staff, whose commitment to excellence and efforts are gifts to the community.
  • And to Mike Mielke, my initial founding partner, whose purposefulness and enthusiasm for sustainability inspired me to build green, livable communities.

Our goals, when we launched were to focus, organize and accelerate the local sustainability movement.  In 2012, we instituted a three-year strategy around themes of incubate, initiate, and educate.  This year, we will begin the process of redefining our strategy post 2013.

We have made a huge difference to this community and the many people who have been part of Bethesda Green.  It may sound cliché, but our work is just beginning.  I hope you stay involved and recognize the impact this organization is having on our community and others following our lead.

Happy Birthday, Bethesda Green

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