CleanChoice Energy

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CleanChoice Energy, which has an office in Chevy Chase, is a renewable energy company empowering residential and commercial customers across the country to make the choice to cut emissions and support clean energy through its 100 percent renewable retail electricity and community solar products. CleanChoice Energy serves customers in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. CleanChoice Energy is a Certified B Corporation, a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, the U.S. Green Building Council, and is certified with the highest available rating by Green America’s Green Business Network, the first and largest network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Recently, CleanChoice was named to the Inc. 500 by Inc. Magazine, as one of the country’s fastest growing companies. For more information or to become a customer, visit:




Biohabitats, which has an office in Rockville, MD, applies the science of ecology to restoring ecosystems, conserving habitat, and regenerating the natural systems that sustain all life on Earth. They do this through assessment, research, planning, design, engineering and construction.

With a mission to restore the Earth and inspire ecological stewardship, Biohabitats is a purpose-driven company that measures success primarily by the degree to which the company enhances biodiversity, ecological democracy, and the resilience of life on this planet.

The firm’s projects help communities to restore degraded ecosystems, plan for the future in ways that enhance ecology and strengthen resilience to climate change, and link the natural world and its powerful systems with the built environment. In doing that work, and in the day-to-day operations of their business, Biohabitats walks the talk of sustainability, transparency, equity, and accountability.

Biohabitats team members are diverse in background and discipline, but unified by a shared set of values: revere wild nature, heal compassionately, practice wholeness, act with uncompromising integrity, and evolve to be the best. We thoroughly review all projects, company operations, and policies to ensure that they align with our core values. Biohabitats is proud to be a certified B Corporation and a member of the growing community of businesses focused on environmental and social responsibility.


Your Chef’s Table Farm

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Your Chef's Table Farm is focused on raising healthy and delicious food in the most sustainable ways. Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown, and our chickens are pasture-raised. We aim to embody the principles of regenerative agriculture.

What is Certified Naturally Grown?

According to the CNG website,

"Certified Naturally Grown farmers don't use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicide, or GMOs, just like certified organic farmers. The main difference between CNG and organic is our certification model, which relies on peer inspections, transparency, and direct relationships."

Feel free to ask us how our products are grown.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

We adhere to the Rodale Institute's slogan, ""Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People." At Your Chef's Table, we practice soil building techniques such as cover cropping, composting and minimal tillage in order to preserve and regenerate soil ecosystems. You can learn more about regenerative agriculture from the Rodale Institute here.

What we grow?

We grow a full variety of vegetables and raise poultry for eggs and meat on pasture. 

Where can you get our produce and poultry?

We run an on-farm stand Saturdays from May to November. Please sign-up for more details.

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The Farm at Our House

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The Farm at Our House is a certified organic farm located on land owned by Our House Inc., a residential rehabilitation program for adjudicated and orphaned young men between 14 and 20, in Brookeville, Maryland.  We help manage close to 30 acres and grow mixed vegetables, small fruit and spawn mushrooms intensely on 6 acres.  

Farms have the potential of serving as significant carbon sinks and with that always in mind we work hard to limit our carbon foot print through the following practices:

  • limiting use of plastic mulch; 
  • avoiding long distance marketing- we exclusively market in Montgomery County; incorporating no-till practices;
  • eliminating unnecessary packaging; 
  • utilization of passive solar energy in our three hoop houses; and cover cropping.

We also work with MCPS students during the summer and the young men at Our House to help cultivate the next generation of sustainable farmers.

You can join us on our sustainable farming journey by first and foremost purchasing a grocery store styled CSA share for pick up on farm or in Rockville, purchasing from our market stand at the downtown Silver Spring market on Saturdays or patronizing the likes of Addie's, Blacks Market Bistro, Blacks Bar and Kitchen, Il Pizzico, Roots Market and Dawson's Market. 

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Red Wiggler Community Farm

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Red Wiggler Community Farm, founded in 1996, is a sustainable farm where people with and without developmental disabilities come together to work, learn, and grow healthy food. On our 12-acre campus, Red Wiggler’s participants cultivate Certified Organic vegetables that are distributed to the community including Group Homes for adults with disabilities and Manna Food Center.

Red Wiggler is dedicated to the health of our community by utilizing sustainable farming practices such as cover cropping, low/no till production, crop rotation, beneficial plantings, and organic growing standards.

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Potomac Valley Organics

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Potomac Valley Organics is a small family farm providing fresh organic salad greens to our local community. We have been Certified Organic since our start in 2011, committed to growing healthy soil, and, in turn, growing healthy greens.

Some of our sustainable practices include using natural inputs such as compost and cover crops to fertilize the soil, never using chemical pesticides or herbicides, implementing passive weed control techniques to reduce soil disturbance and the need for tractor cultivation, and purchasing farm inputs locally when possible to reduce use of fossil fuel.

Not only are we committed to sustainable practices on our farm, we also partner with those who share our values. The wholesale markets who carry our products are just as passionate as we are about improving sustainability and supporting local businesses.

Although we have implemented many practices to increase sustainability on our farm, we are always aiming to improve. Our goals for 2018 include expanding our pollinator habitat for the bees kept here, making bird and owl boxes for the farm’s perimeter, and implementing a no-till practice in some sections on the farm to improve soil structure and reduce fuel use.

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From the Earth Foods

From the Earth Foods is a small diversified vegetable farm located in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve.  Initially started in Minnesota with her sister, Courtney re-launched the business in Maryland thanks to help from Montgomery Countryside Alliance’s Lank Link program and the New Farmer Pilot Project.

The farm currently serves customers at farmers’ markets located in downtown Silver Spring and Poolesville, as well as selling wholesale to small regional grocers.  The farm has been certified organic since 2015 and continually strives to utilize the best available growing practices as well as good old fashioned hard work.

Here are a few of the sustainable practices the farm employs:

  • Planting cover crops, also known as green manures, to build soil fertility, capture nutrients, protect water quality, reduce runoff, provide habitat for beneficial insects, and prevent soil erosion.
  • Designating and setting aside land that is used strictly for growing perennial vegetation to house beneficial insects and wildlife. 
  • Building healthy soil using cover crops, compost (made right here in Montgomery county) and naturally mined minerals that in turn produce nutrient dense foods.
  • Utilizing crop rotation to minimize disease outbreaks and pest pressure.  When needed we only use organically approved products to control them.   
  • Using drip irrigation on crops to conserve water usage.

We strongly believe that the health of the land correlates directly to the health of the people, and our farming practices strive to grow nutritious food while building and protecting the environment around us.

Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm


Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm is a certified organic and Certified Naturally Grown vegetable farm operating in Germantown, MD. Since our founding in 2013 we have worked to bring local, organic produce that is colorful, nutritious, and delicious to our community, and specifically to those in need in Montgomery County.

Our organic practices, combined with the love and attention each member of our family gives to all our produce is that extra something that makes vegetables the star of every menu, in a way they were meant to be! We can be found in our work with Manna, the local food bank, at the Olney farmers market year-round, on the produce stand of Dawson's market in Rockville, and at local restaurants such as Riccuitis in Olney, Vasili's kitchen in Kentlands, Basset's, and watershed cafe in Poolesville, and also Il Pizzaco in Rockville. 

From the start, being green was in our blood, our hearts, and certainly in our plans. We use organic compost to feed the plants, capture rainwater to quench their thirst, and sequester as much carbon as our lush green plants can carry! Nothing goes to waste on our farm, and we live everyday searching for new ways to return to the soil all that we take, and more.

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SharePower Responsible Investing Inc.

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SharePower Responsible Investing Inc., which has an office at 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 416, in Takoma Park, is a different kind of independent financial company. Collectively owned by all member advisors and support staff, we serve our clients, not a Wall Street firm, hedge fund or insurance company. Our mission is to bring socially responsible investing strategies to individuals, families, small businesses and nonprofits who wish to align their investments with their values. We believe that the best investment program meets the needs of each client, contributes to a just society, and promotes a healthy planet. We are one of very few financial firms in the US that has committed to the United Nations Global Compact, a pledge to commit our resources to further human rights, labor rights, environment and social justice.


McDonald’s at River Road

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McDonald’s at River Road is proud to be the world's first store in the massive burger chain to achieve sustainability certification. This McDonald’s restaurant — locally owned and operated by franchisees Kari Swenson and Kenny Foster, implemented full-scale recycling in both the front and back of house, eliminated the use of Styrofoam and other polystyrene foam products and eliminated paper towels in the restrooms. The store is also using:

  • 100% LED lighting
  • High-efficiency pre-rinse sprayers and hand sink aerators
  • High-efficiency Energy Star equipment
  • Employer-sponsored public transportation cards 

Donation Nation

Residential or commercial, Donation Nation provides a no-landfill waste solution for all removal needs. From donations, recycling, and junk removal, Donation Nation delivers an expedient service for all donors who need to remove excess items fast. Donors do not need to package anything, for we do all the work for them, just point and items vanish into blue and green containers.

Customers pay for our service due to our unique removal process and our innovative redistribution and processing programs. Donation Nation charges each customer per volume of space in the step van that their items take up. We are the only removal service in the state of Maryland, which offers our donors a tax-deductible receipt for our service rendered plus the fair market value of their items, an incentive to be environmentally conscious.

In 2013, Charles M Bailey, the founder and President of Donation Nation Inc., became the first and only non-profit removal service within the State of Maryland; a removal service that was environmentally conscious of where its supply of household and commercial items go.

With our core values in place, our organization developed its mission to reduce our counties’ carbon footprint by redistributing economic and tangible resources to benefit and grow our non-profit infrastructure. A mission to reduce poverty, becoming an organization that brings a holistic approach to bring stability and dignity to our most vulnerable neighbors, with a green solution. 

 Using our supply from our removal service, all household and commercial items are redistributed to our 14 non-profit different partners, for free!

  • A Wider Circle    
  • Identity Youth
  • Digital Bridge
  • Stepping Stone
  • Liberties Promised
  • Equipment Connections for kids
  • ECDC 
  • Gaithersburg Community Services
  • Comfort Cases
  • Pathways to Housing DC
  • Interfaith Works
  • Montgomery Coalition for the Homeless
  • Habitat for Humanity (Restore)
  • Non-Profit Montgomery

Here are a few of Donation Nation Inc.’s practices:

  • Donation Nation Inc. is fundamentally a recycling program
    • 64.37-70% diversion rate
    • 35.64% Incineration rate
    • 0% Landfill
  • Donation Nation Inc. takes everything, no matter the quality, for we have the practices and processes in place to redistribute and recycle our entire supply!
  • Donation Nation Inc. believes that to reduce our regions carbon footprint, we must find different avenues of redistributing our communities excess items.
    • 14 Different non-profit partners, 14 different pathways of distribution, 14 various missions, not including our fundraising sales program as a pathway of redistribution
    • Items that are not, or cannot be donated to a non-profit are put into a fundraising sales program, where it is redistributed to our community at low prices.
    • All Non-profit partners receive a supply of quality household and commercial items for FREE, without any limitation to quantity or frequency! Thus expediting the process of furnishing a home of an individual or family transitioning from shelters to transitional housing!
  • Processing our entire supply for quality and utility
    • Our entire amount collected from our community is processed, meaning that we go through every single item donated, and make sure that all items donated maintain a high quality standard!
    • Chemicals are separated, and taken to Montgomery County Eco-Wise Program
      • We are the only removal service that accepts household chemicals.
      • Chemicals are separated based on content, and are disposed of safely and correctly!
    • Quality items are set aside for donation
    • Poor quality items
      • If an object is denied by a non-profit, it is put into our fundraising program, and or put up for free on social media.
      • The Resource Recovery Facility incinerates items that are contaminated by a rodent(s), smoke, or any contaminants.
      • Zero percent of our supply is sent to a landfill.
  • Tax Deductible Service
    • Donation Nation is the only removal service in the state of Maryland that offers a deductible receipt for Services rendered + Fair Market Value for choosing to be environmentally conscious with your excess items.
  • Donating Made Easy
    • Donation Nation Inc. believes that if we can make donating household and commercial items easy, we will attract more individuals and businesses to go green! No longer do our donors have to do the donation dance of figuring out which non-profits accept certain items, we do that for them! Donate everything, and we will find a home for it!


AECOM Fast Facts

  • US$17.4 billion of revenue during fiscal year 2016
  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News Record‘s “Top 500 Design Firms” for 8th consecutive year
  • Named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the third consecutive year 

AECOM has a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, we design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.

As a global company, AECOM recognizes our expansive footprint and focuses on practices that reduce energy consumption and waste. We have implemented a sustainability data management system to better track and analyze data to enable continuous improvement. AECOM has launched initiatives to decrease energy, consolidated our physical footprint by nearly 10 percent year-over year and committed to significantly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Here in our Germantown, Maryland office, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond meeting client requirements and complying with environmental rules and regulations.  The AECOM Germantown Green Team has established a mission to incorporate the principles of sustainability into our daily activities to minimize the environmental impact of our operations, to optimize the use of resources, to build positive relationships with our communities, and to promote a healthy and productive work environment.

Our green practice spans across several of our business lines and include a wide variety of services including, but not limited to the following:

  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)
  • Energy efficient major renovation and new construction
  • Commissioning services
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • Demand management plus demand response
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Innovative financial solutions
  • Energy master planning
  • Supply side energy analysis
  • Cogeneration, distributed generation and renewable energy
  • Facility improvement and optimization projects - heating and cooling
  • Lighting design and implementation
  • Watershed Assessments
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and Training
  • Natural Resources Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Permitting



ecobeco believes that all homeowners should live in comfortable, efficient, healthy homes.  We are a trusted partner for whole home design that impacts individuals and their families, our community, and the environment in positive ways.

Since 2008, ecobeco has been helping homeowners around the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area with their remodeling needs.  We have completed over 1,000 remodeling projects, and we have performed energy efficiency audits and check-ups for over 50,000 homes and apartments as part of our relationship with Pepco's energy efficiency programs. Our multi-disciplinary team of energy auditors, general contractors, architects and interior designers will create the homes our customers have always wanted.

ecobeco provides Design Build, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, and Handyman Services. ecobeco is committed to reducing our impact on the environment in all aspects of our operations: in our Rockville offices, satellite facilities, in transportation and fleet vehicles, and on all jobsites, we encourage waste reduction, energy conservation, and greener purchasing choices for our supplies and materials. 

In addition to our practices in the Rockville office / employee environment, we support and participate in community events that have a mission of supporting the education and communication of energy efficiency, green building practices, enhancing indoor air quality, and reducing environmental impact of construction. We also donate services and prizes to various environmentally-focused local organizations when requested, such as One Montgomery Green.

We participate with paid sponsorships for several Community events each year, in addition to accepting ongoing requests from community organizations in our service area for workshops and informational presentations on how homeowners and citizens can help reduce their energy consumption and improve their environmental footprint through simple practical changes. These workshops and additional services are most often held on weekends are in addition to our normal work functions and weekday office hours. 

ecobeco supports and advocates for regional, state, and national environmental policy efforts and participates on the committee level in various capacities including communicating and messaging relevant news and articles via our blog and our many other social media channels. 

Our overall goal is to practice and educate on topics related to “Greening Your Home & Lifestyle” -reduce, reuse, and recycle; giving back to the local community; making better choices each day; striving for continuous improvement in all areas of our individual and business operations, and above all else, to help people create safer, healthier, and greener homes.

Dress it up Dressing

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DRESS IT UP DRESSING -- We want to change the way you dress (your salad).

From the start, Dress It Up set out to offer a delicious alternative to the typically low-quality, low-priced dressings available. We believed there was a market for simple, classic formulas made with integrity – a dressing that could rival home-made.

The quality of the ingredients and how we treat them is what makes DRESS IT UP unique. Our vinaigrettes are made using olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, and a little salt – nothing else. The result is a velvety and creamy vinaigrette that clings to the lettuce leaf, saturating it with flavor, but not with moisture. Vegetables remain crisp and fresh and their flavors come through without being overpowered. Use our vinaigrettes to marinate your meats, accompany your cheese, and, of course, adorn your greens.

Since we don’t add water, our dressing has all the flavor you need in just one spoonful — it’s all you need.

That’s why we say Change The Way You Dress.

At Dress It Up Dressing, we consider our dressings inextricably linked to the environment and to the farmers who produce the fruits and vegetables on which they taste so good. Early on we made a commitment to produce Dress It Up Dressing responsibly and sustainably. That means sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible, seeking out small micro-producers, minimizing travel times, shortening the food chain and reducing our impact on the environment. It also means practicing corporate responsibility, providing opportunities for people in our community, and choosing vendors who do the same. We are proud to be a certified B-Corp.

We support initiatives that align with our values and passions – chief among them is the importance of learning healthy eating habits at a young age. That is why we love to partner with groups that offer healthy food to schools and children.

With Dress It Up Dressing we aspire to create a product – and a company – that embodies the traits we hold dear: honesty, integrity, responsibility, and good taste.  

Neighborhood Sun

Neighborhood Sun is a socially conscious company focused on customer acquisition and management in the brand new community solar space. Our initial focus is Maryland and Washington, DC, but we are actively exploring other markets as well. Our management team has years of experience in acquiring and managing customers in Maryland and Washington, DC, as well as the credibility necessary to reach out to the environmentally conscious consumers.  Our business model is based on principals consistent with the triple bottom-line (people, planet, profit) as best modeled by the B-Corps business community.  Our core business guiding principles are:

•    Be profitable – Our top priority is to grow the business in order to generate a return to our investors and have a larger impact on the public good. No margin, no mission.
•    Community Engagement – We will actively engage with the communities we serve, in person, and on a deeper level than just traditional marketing.
•    Customer Service – We will strive to provide outstanding customer service beyond the expectations of our customers.
•    Culture is our Brand – Our corporate culture will reflect our brand mission.
•    Operate Sustainably – We are certified as a B-Corps, and strive to consistently be among the top companies in terms of our sustainable operations.

Our central focus is to have a positive social and environmental impact on the communities we serve. We want to change the entire solar energy paradigm, creating new solar communities, not just new solar customers. Community solar offers us the chance as a business to combine the power of clean energy with the power of buying local to create something new and better than our current system.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Coca-Cola is the most popular and biggest-selling soft drink in history, as well as one of the most recognizable brands in the world.  Created in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca-Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage at Jacob's Pharmacy by mixing Coca-Cola syrup with carbonated water.  In 1899, The Coca-Cola Company began franchised bottling operations in the United States and in 1902 Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated (CCBCC) was founded in Greensboro, North Carolina.

CCBCC Silver Spring has operated from its current location on Elton Road, Silver Spring since 1965. The facility manufactures, packages, and distributes Coca-Cola beverages in 8.5, 12, 16.9 and 20 oz. PET bottles. As the bottling company, CCBCC is responsible for developing local networks, so that the end product reaches the consumer in its best quality. This includes customer development, market investment, order collection and delivery as well as customer and community support. Our roots in Montgomery County run deep.

We, at Coca-Cola strongly believe in delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for the people and our planet. We are a company committed to making a positive difference and our commitment translates into:


The management team of CCBCC Silver Spring is fully committed to protecting the environment by maintaining an effective Environmental Management System.

 Our goal is to incorporate environmental management into existing business operations by involving employees at all levels. Environmental management is not a burden, but a tool to minimize waste, reduce cost, and help the local environment.  Our Top Management Commitment is to be good community stewards of the environment by Conserving Water, Protecting Natural Resources, and RecyclingCCBCC Silver Spring has been certified to ISO 14001 EMS Standard since 2015. In addition, the facility is certified to FSSC 22000 (Food Safety), ISO 9001 (Quality), and OHSAS 18001 (Safety) Standards.


At Coca-Cola we are dedicated to contributing to a healthier happier world. That is why we are committed to:

  • Water Stewardship: Water is the main ingredient in our products and is used for many purposes in our production facilities.  Since 2012, CCBCC Silver Spring has maintained a Water Use Ratio (the amount of water used to produce one unit of Coke Product) below the Company 2020 goal of 1.50.  In addition, the Company requires that each production facility develop a program to understand and manage risks to the source water for our operations. CCBCC Silver Spring has established and trained a Water Resource Management Team (WRMT) responsible for managing facility source water risks identified through a Company sponsored comprehensive Source Water Vulnerability Assessment with a goal to reducing the impacts of our operations on a shared vital resource - WATER.
  • Energy and Climate: The Coca-Cola Silver Spring facility has conducted comprehensive energy assessments to identify areas of focus to improve energy efficiency. Since 2010, our energy conservation efforts have resulted in over 20% improvement in total energy consumption (electricity and natural gas). We continue to improve our energy performance through lighting upgrades, optimizing our processes and scheduled replacement of legacy equipment with more energy efficient ones.
  • Recycling: In 2016, CCBCC Silver Spring recycled over 97% of solid waste generated at the facility and maintained 100% landfill diversion by sending plant trash to the Covanta Montgomery Resource Recovery (Waste-to-Energy) Facility in Dickerson Maryland. Our recycling efforts align with our Company’s strategic priority to demonstrate leadership in sustainability to benefit our environment and communities.


Community engagement is part of doing business at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. To that end, our Citizenship Policy outlines the process and required elements for implementing a plan to support our local community and environmental initiatives.

The Company understands the importance of contributing positively to our communities and the environment. Maintaining open communication with our communities demonstrates that we have a vested interest in the surrounding infrastructure. We engage our partners and suppliers to build strong partnerships that promote sustainability, community involvement, minimize our environmental footprint, deepen relationships with our communities and demonstrate commitment to the physical well-being of our consumers. CCBCC Silver Spring has participated in several community outreaches including but not limited to:

  • Hillandale Fire Department Product Donations
  • MD Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge
  • MD Special Olympics Summer Games
  • Kinderfest Sponsor
  • Springbrook High School Music Program
  • Rain Barrel Donations
  • Cecil Kirk Community Center Rehabilitation and book drive
  • Annual Potomac River Watershed (Wells Run Tributary) Cleanup with the Alice Ferguson Foundation

With 50+ years history of manufacturing safe products in Montgomery County, Coca-Cola Silver Spring continues to strive to achieve high performance and leadership in Food Safety, Quality, Safety and Environment as related to Beverage Manufacturing and to actively engage our communities for a healthier and sustainable future for our people and planet.

Gryphon Scientific

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Takoma Park, MD, Gryphon Scientific is a specialized, small business consulting practice consisting of life scientists and health researchers who apply rigorous scientific analysis to problems of global health and homeland security. Our projects drive policy changes in security, preparedness, and science policy at the highest levels of US government. Abroad, we advise governments in the developing world on how to cope with daunting public health challenges. In the commercial sector, we contribute to business strategy for firms focusing on human health and wellness.

As a consulting company, Gryphon primarily relies on literature-based research, interview data collection, and our staff’s rich prior experience in the laboratory, clinical practice, in the field, and in policy shops to tackle projects with complex technical challenges. The backgrounds of our staff enable us to tackle projects with complex technical challenges. Our aim is to improve the health and safety of populations world-wide.

Gryphon Scientific has always been committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and sustainable business practices. To this end, Gryphon has developed a comprehensive set of environmental policies and guidelines covering waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy and water use, and transportation and travel. Some highlights of Gryphon’s green policies are:

  • Creation of green purchasing criteria and a preferred green vendor list
  • Frequent use of videoconferencing for business and recruitment activities to reduce travel
  • Use of energy efficient appliances and equipment with energy-saving features
  • Encouraging alternative modes of transportation for employees by providing Metro SmartBenefits for public transportation, shower facilities for cycling or walking to work, and car-sharing services for local business travel.
  • Reduction of paper use through electronic file sharing, double-sided printing, and waste paper reuse


Bell Nursery

Bell Nursery USA started in Burtonsville, MD and is a leading supplier of flowering and tropical plants to The Home Depot in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware as well as parts of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  With 6 production locations and 5 distribution centers, Bell focuses on providing locally grown product with an emphasis on quality and value for the customer. Bell utilizes a unique model of network growers across Maryland and Delaware that is made up of over 30 farm families that grow plants and flowers exclusively for Bell and The Home Depot.

Being a part of the original green industry, we continue to explore ways to further enhance our commitment to the environment and communities in which we work.

o   A certification focused on the agriculture community, Veriflora Sustainably Grown products meet the highest standards of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Producers of Certified Sustainably Grown crops work diligently to provide a safe and healthy work environment, support farm and urban communities, and protect vital environmental resources such as clean air, clean water, and wildlife habitat, while reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. 

  • Nearly 3 million pounds of recycled material over 5 years

o   Starting in 2011, Bell partnered with The Home Depot to host a location in each store that customers could utilize to return used pots, trays, planters, and other products after their gardening was done.

o   This material returned from the store is sorted and baled or palletized and recycled with industry partners. 

o   The majority of recyclable plastic is returned to one of our suppliers that regrinds the plastic and makes a carry tray for pots out of 100% recycled plastic. Bell has committed to exclusive use of this tray in their perennial production. This completes the cycle – the flower pot or hanging basket had been returned to The Home Depot to be recycled finds new use as a carry tray for plants the following season.

  • Conversion to renewable energy

o   For 3 years the Burtonsville, MD and Elkridge, MD locations have been operating on 100% wind power purchased from the national grid. The net effect of this conversion has the equivalent effect of removing 200 cars from the road annually or not consuming over 100,000 gallons of gasoline.


These are just a few examples of Bell’s commitment to sustainability, to learn more about Bell Nursery please visit

Fitzgerald Auto Malls

Fitzgerald Auto Malls maintains an Environmental Management System that is registered to ISO 14001:2004 that recognizes our impact and responsibility to the environment, our customers and our associates. ISO 14001:2004 requires us to pass stringent independent audits every year. This sets Fitzgerald apart from other automotive dealerships, in that we have considered the ways that we impact our environment, from our major recycling efforts, to our consumption of energy. Fitzgerald is on a course unmatched by even many manufacturers that demonstrate to our customers and to each other that we take our impact seriously, and we're constantly looking for ways to preserve the environment in which we operate as a business.  See short video highlighting our environmental efforts.

We are committed to establishing and maintaining an Environmental Management System (EMS) that goes beyond simply meeting environmental laws and regulations, but extends to our everyday practices and business decisions.  This includes:

          •    Ensuring an environmentally safe working environment for our associates, customers and the surrounding community.                                           
          •    Reducing the environmental impact of our products and services whenever possible.
          •    Meeting or exceeding the requirements of all environmental laws and regulations.
          •    Continually assessing and monitoring our environmental programs aimed at reaching or exceeding our environmental goals.
          •    Creating a culture of awareness and commitment to Fitzgerald Auto Mall’s Environmental Quality Policy

As part of our quality management system, we recognize that an effective EMS system is a never-ending journey of continuous effort and improvement. We believe that we can continue to achieve our quality objective of sustained growth of our business while maintaining the health of the environment by focusing on the customer and innovation.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls is doing its part to reduce the effect of fossil fuels on the environment. All of the electricity at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from Green renewable energy sources, with 100% wind power at all of the dealerships in Maryland.  We continue to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Leadership Club as a Green Power Partner.  We are also a member of Clean Energy Partners.

Fitzgerald is committed to recycling 80% of the solid waste generated at each of our facilities. From scrap metal to fluorescent light bulbs. Fitzgerald recycled more than 5 million pounds of materials in 2015.

Fitzgerald Auto Malls were honored recently to be named a 2016 Environmental Responsibility Award Winner by the City of Gaithersburg presented to individuals and organizations demonstrating environmental responsibility in the Gaithersburg community. 

While Montgomery County has a goal to recycle at least 70% by 2020, the Fitzgerald Auto Mall Gaithersburg location has traditionally exceeded this goal. In 2015 they recycled a combined average of 81.4% of all waste generated at the site. That’s over 500 thousand pounds of solid waste!

Just as recycling plays an important role, purchasing recycled materials is also a big component of Fitzgerald’s EMS. Fitzgerald requires that the purchasing of office supplies prioritize the selection of recycled materials. For 2015, they achieved a rate of 38%-recycled materials purchased. From office paper to business cards, this has been a cost effective and environmentally friendly program.

The Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility


The Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility, located near Dickerson, Maryland, has been in operation since 1983. The facility processes leaves and grass generated by the County population of about one million residents. 
The Facility produces and sells both bulk and bagged Leafgro®—a superior quality compost used extensively by landscapers and homeowners as a source of humus for soil improvement.  Products are marketed to distributors, garden centers, and other wholesale purchasers through the Mid-Atlantic Region.  
In 2011, County management decided to pursue development of a formal Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage its environmental aspects and impacts of its composting facility. In 2013, the Facility’s EMS was independently certified to be in conformity with ISO 14001: 2004. The certification was valid for three years. In June 2016, independent certification of the facility was upgraded to the new ISO 14001:2015 Standard.
Under the EMS formal policy, the Department of Environmental Protection pursues opportunities beyond regulatory compliance requirements for reducing risk to human health and the environment; formally establishes objectives to continually improve; reviews progress in meeting those objectives; and communicates information to, and solicits input from, the surrounding community and other stakeholders.   
Environmental improvements realized, as a result of the EMS implementation, include:  
•    Fire hazard reduction through the elimination of a grinding operation  
•    Reduction in resource consumption by inbound and outbound traffic normalized to production
•    Reduction in energy use through fuel efficiency equipment improvements
•    Dust reduction through use of control blankets
•    Zero site litter complaints, odor complaints, emergency situations and environmental compliance violations as a result of instituting and adhering to enhanced standard operating procedures