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Bethesda Green Internship Fair

I just wanted to take a moment and plug the Bethesda Green internship fair appropriately called “Fields of Green” scheduled for February 9th – more details at Bethesda Green.



Greening Bethesda

The recent Bethesda Green awards gala was an opportunity to showcase good, green efforts in the community via their green awards ceremony. We were happy to see that TD Bank and Bell Nursery co-won the leading by example awards for business:

“TD Bank on Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Bell Nursery, with a location in Silver Spring, were co-winners of the Leading by Example Award for businesses. TD Bank uses solar panels, a green roof, ivy walls and recycled products to make its building and business as green as possible. Bell Nursery, which supplies flowers and plants across the Mid-Atlantic, has continued to work with Home Depot to recycle millions of plastic pots. The company also has converted two of its facilities entirely to wind power and has promoted the production of native plants.”


Thoughts on the Future of Bethesda

I was walking around Bethesda with my family this week and we happened to stroll by a new construction project in old Bethesda. We got talking and came to a couple of conclusions:

1. On balance, the smart growth aspect of Bethesda’s plan does make sense – increasing density is a good thing in the age of climate change etc.

2. Bethesda needs to do much, much more to improve its environmental footprint. From green roof projects to adding in more pocket parks, there are things that can and should be done.

Now, some of that responsibility will be on the authorities – in particular at the county level. They need to demand more from developers – just look at DC as an example.

However, it is not only the role of government. Our civil society groups need to do more. Bethesda Green (who we have donated to over the years) needs to push the whole community to embrace a more powerful plan for smart and green growth.

And we the citizens need to do more, from signing up with the compost crew (a terrific bethesda organization) to adding permeable surfaces to our homes and driveways.

We can and must make Bethesda a better, greener place!

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Bethesda Green Event: TEDxManhattan 2014 — Changing the Way We Eat

“Bethesda Green and the Montgomery County Food Council invite you to this year’s FREE “Changing the Way We Eat,” a live webcast of the TEDx Manhattan conference. In our fourth year, join us for a day-long series of live-webcast presentations broadcast from New York and discussions about our local food system in Montgomery County. Come for an hour or stay the whole day!”

Bethesda Green Happy Hour on Thursday: Lighting the Way to a Greener Community!

Folks, if you have time this Thursday do try and pop over to the Bethesda Green Happy Hour – here are the details:

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of casual conversation and networking with Bethesda Green and representatives from the faith-based community. Congregations associated with Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) will share their extraordinary work to save energy and go green.

Thursday, Dec. 5 5 – 8 pm

The Parva Restaurant and Lounge 7904 Woodmont Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Located two blocks from Bethesda Green.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers in the restaurant’s beautiful second floor lounge.

$10 Donation requested at the door; proceeds shared with Interfaith Power & Light.

Bethesda Green Happy Hour and Networking Event

Hope to see you at this one!

Autumn, Sustainability and Trees

Join Bethesda Green and Trees for the Future for casual conversation and social networking, Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-8 pm @ Jaleo, 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Trees for the Future is a local non-profit that plants trees in developing world communities, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.

Complimentary appetizers courtesy of Jaleo

Donation at the door: $10, proceeds shared with Trees for the Future

Bethesda Green Gala on Tomorrow

Here is a bit of info on the event:

Dear Bethesda Green Meetup Friends,
This Thursday, Oct. 3, we celebrate 5 Years Promoting Sustainable Living at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, and we hope you will consider joining us.
This networking style event — our biggest fundraiser of the year — features heavy appetizers, beer, wine (cash bar available for spirits), a silent auction, presentation of the 2013 Bethesda Magazine Green Award Winners, and a few other special surprises.
Admission for the Gala is $100, plus a credit card processing fee.  Please register thru Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/433080) — this site is where we are accepting payment and where we will generate name badges for the event.
More info about the Gala can be found at www.bethesdagreen.org
If you have any questions, please contact me at dvheffernan@gmail.com.
Dave Heffernan


Bethesda Green Happy Hour: Sept. 5 Happy Hour @ Marriott Courtyard Chevy Chase

Here are the details folks:


Support the Local Watershed

  • Join us Thursday, Sept. 5 for casual conversation and social networking 5 – 8 pm

    The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase, a LEED Gold certified hotel 5520 Wisconsin Avenue On the second floor patio

    Near the Friendship Heights Metro

    Happy Hour features include:

    • Meeting people protecting the local watershed — Cabin John, Little Falls and Rock Creek.

    • A tasty selection of appetizers.

    • Cash bar featuring discount prices on wine, beer, and cocktails.

    • Raffle giveaway compliments of Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase.

    Contribution: $10 at the door; proceeds shared with local watershed groups.

    Courtyard Chevy Chase

    5520 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD(map)



Good Morning Bethesda!

So a few thoughts to share with you today:

1. There is a lot of construction work in our little town! “Well that is obvious” I hear you say! Agreed, but what I really am getting at is that in additional to all the current construction, the number of sites being prepared for rebuilding and deals being made to facilitate new construction is remarkable.

2. The weather is delightful! We have had some tough summers the past few years but, touch wood, this one hasn’t been too bad so far and the last week or so we have had near perfect weather.

3. It would be nice to see the start up environment in Bethesda grow. We have seen local companies make it big (yes Honest Tea we are looking at you!) and there are efforts to support new start up efforts (see Bethesda Green’s incubator project). But I’d like to see a lot more of this. Perhaps we could see a diverse group of business leaders get behind a start up incubator project that would look to bring talented innovators to Bethesda to work on their next big idea. Thoughts?

4. When will Trader Joes in Bethesda be able to sell wine? Just asking!

5. Does anyone have any news re: the new Chocolate shop on Woodmont?

Bethesda Green Happy Hour: Ri Ra Irish Pub

Friends – just a quick reminder that Bethesda Green’s networking happy hour is at Ri Ra Irish Pub on June 6th. Should be fun and interesting.