Categories for Green Business

#GiftGreener: 15 Simple, Creative Ways to Give

Now in its third year, the Gift Outside the Box Campaign is a program where Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and our partners challenge you to reduce waste by thinking differently about how you shop for and give gifts. Together, we can reduce waste, save energy and build a strong local economy. With the holiday

Greening Your Beauty Routine

You reduce and recycle like a fiend. You have a compost bin in your kitchen, and you carry a metal straw in your purse. You obviously take carbon footprint reduction seriously – but does your hair salon? Most of the hair color, color tubes, foils, papers, plastics containers, glass, and cans your stylist uses ends

Call for Proposals now open for the 2020 Montgomery County Energy Summit

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Committee of USGBC National Capital Region invite proposals for educational presentations at the 2020 Montgomery County Energy Summit. The theme for this year’s Summit is “A Path to Zero.” We will explore strategies, technologies, and case studies focused on the commercial, multifamily, and residential

Greener Acres: Non-Profits Sustaining Sustainability – Rock Creek Conservancy

This regular feature introduces Montgomery County non-profit organizations that are making a difference with their work in sustainability spaces across a variety of industry sectors. This segment details the efforts of the Bethesda-based Rock Creek Conservancy. Beginning near Laytonsville, Rock Creek winds its way for 33 miles through Montgomery County and the metropolitan D.C. area

Bar-T: Holistic Sustainability Programs for Kids

It’s not often that conservation, environmental impact studies and carbon footprint reduction planning involves children who haven’t yet reached double-digits, but the year-round programs designed by Bar-T Mountainside Education and Enrichment are notable exceptions. According to the environmental education non-profit organization’s founder, Joseph F. Richardson, Jr., the reach to children began with a summer program

Ribbon-cutting for Fitzgerald Auto Mall’s Solar Array in Gaithersburg

Fitzgerald Auto Mall, a car dealership originally founded in North Bethesda, MD , is extensively devoted to sustainable practice and proves so through their recycling commitments and their use of green power. In addition to their promise to recycle 80% of the solid waste generated at each of their facilities, Fitzgerald Auto Mall was recently recognized

Celebrating Sustainable Corporate Leadership in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is a hub of development in the DC region, with new construction and renovations constantly underway. Development proves to be a great opportunity to increase buildings’ energy efficiency, and thankfully, many developers and real estate managers take this initiative.  For The Tower Companies, a Montgomery-County-based commercial real estate developer, owner, and manager, sustainability

Greener Acres: Non-Profits Sustaining Sustainability

This regular feature introduces Montgomery County non-profit organizations that are making a difference with their work in sustainability spaces across a variety of industry sectors. Our first subject is the Silver Spring-based Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Created in 1998, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a non-profit, community-based, non-government organization (NGO) that promotes and certifies

Focus on the Here and Now: 2019 Energy Summit soars to new heights and record attendance

The sixth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit—the largest in the event’s history—was held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event attracted approximately 315 attendees composed of building owners, property managers, energy contractors working in the County, young professionals in the energy field and those interested in sustainable commercial buildings.

Sustainability in Practice at Glenstone

As any visitor will attest, Glenstone is a veritable paradise with grand vistas, serene walking paths, and stunning art. This magnificent place is the result of the conviction of its founders, Mitchell and Emily Wei Rales, who deeply believe in the restorative value of, and the connection between, art and nature.  That belief manifests in