During this challenging time, I’ve been taking solace in the incredibly selfless actions on the part of frontline workers and ordinary folks helping out their fellow human beings. I try to focus on how the current crisis has, in many instances, released the “better angels of our nature.” And, I believe, that’s the power of sustainability as a principle which, at its core, is about nourishing life and thinking about others – future generations, the world’s most vulnerable, other species. So, it’s not surprising to learn that many of Montgomery County’s Certified Green Businesses are stepping up during this pandemic to sustain life.
The TPSS Co-op, for example, has donated $6,000 to local hunger and service non-profits, all while transitioning to an online operation to protect its workers and community.
extendYoga is offering free online classes to doctors, nurses and first responders and anyone unable to contribute due to financial hardship;
Founding Farmers restaurant is offering 50% discount on pick up orders to all first responders and is providing its former employees with a free daily meal;
Neighborhood Sun has started a charitable Neighbor Benefit Fund, which sets aside 1% of their revenue to support community members who find themselves in need of financial assistance during times like these.
The Wildlife Habitat Council is offering free nature-based educational webinars, both live and on-demand for parents and kids to learn and enjoy together;
Backyard Bounty is offering blogs about nature and gardening to lift our spirits and keep us centered; and
AstraZeneca, which is focused on developing an antibody treatment to fight COVID-19, is donating nine million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world.
Written by Doug Weisburger, Manager, Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program