Bethesda Green is a dynamic 501c3 that serves as a catalyst and trusted resource for building a healthy economy and sustainable community. This model initiative has set up the first green business incubator and education center in the DC/Maryland region.
Its director is Dave Feldman, who previously was Consul, Trade and Investment at the British Embassy. His role as head of the largest economic development agency in the world was to help US companies operate successfully in the United Kingdom and to support UK companies exporting to the United States. He was directly responsible for a portfolio that included information technology and renewable energy.
For more information about Bethesda Green, visit www.bethesdagreen.org. For details about Feldman’s Livability Project, visit www.livabilityproject.com.
April 2013, Be Inkandescent magazine — “I want to push the window of sustainability to change the direction of American society,” says Eric Henry, president of TS Designs.
With his business partner and TSD CEO, Tom Sineath, Henry (pictured here) has been in the screenprinting business for more than 30 years, and he is the winner of the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009.
Outside of his business, Henry devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations. He founded North Carolina’s Burlington Biodiesel Co-op and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) since 2004.
March 2013, Be Inkandescent magazine — Anca Novacovici is the founder and president of Eco-Coach, Inc., an environmental sustainability firm that assists leading organizations to evaluate, design, and implement sustainable practices.
Novacovici has two big goals: long-term organizational success and positive environmental/social impact.
A LEED Accredited Professional, she sits on the board of the Green Building Institute and is an Adjunct professor at Montgomery College. She speaks frequently on sustainability topics and is the co-author of two books: DC Metro Area Green Career & Jobs Guide, and Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for Your Business. And she speaks frequently on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and other “green” topics.
So it was a pleasure to sit down for a Q&A with my good friend Anca Novacovici, who is a bright light in the DC sustainability community.
February 2013, Be Inkandescent magazine — Scott Nash founded MOM’s Organic Market in 1987, starting first in his mother’s garage. From the beginning, his mission was to create a retail chain that protects and restores the environment.
With 10 stores in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan region today, Nash prides himself on leading by example.
“In addition to educating our customers, we are proud that our competitors are changing their behavior based on our example,” he says. “Of course, profits are important—mostly because funding helps us keep our mission alive, and it helps us contribute to other causes that support our purpose. So, the more MOM’s stores there are, the more we can protect and restore the environment.”
January 2013, Be Inkandescent magazine — Since he was 32, politician Ken Ulman (shown right) has been an active political and community leader in Maryland’s green and sustainability efforts—and he has received high praise for making Howard County a great place to live.
During his term, Howard County has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine, and Columbia-Ellicott City was recognized as the #8 Best Place to Live for its strong local economy, excellent public schools, thriving arts community, and enviable quality of life.
Dave Feldman reports.
December 2012, Be Inkandescent magazine — Our mission at the Inkandescent Group is to promote, educate, and inspire entrepreneurs, so we are excited to shine a spotlight on Dave Feldman, the executive director of cutting-edge environmental nonprofit, Bethesda Green.
His organization is one of the projects started in 2008 by our December Entrepreneur of the Month, Seth Goldman. With other forward-thinking business leaders, Goldman sits on the board of directors to help oversee Bethesda Green’s mission: to make a positive difference for the environment by promoting a strong local economy that supports green business initiatives.
“We strive to be the local model for sustainable living,” notes Feldman. “Our purpose and mission at Bethesda Green is to bring business, government, and community together through programs and services to promote a healthy economy and sustainable living practices.”