Founded in Gaithersburg in 1988, MedImmune is the global biologics research and development (R&D) arm of AstraZeneca. With one of the largest, most robust pipelines in the industry — including more than 120 research projects and product candidates — we comprise nearly half of AstraZeneca’s overall R&D portfolio. We focus on three core therapeutic areas: Oncology, Respiratory, and Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease.  The Gaithersburg Campus includes R&D laboratories, pilot-scale manufacturing of biologics medicines, and office workspace and supporting site operations for nearly 4,000 MedImmune and AstraZeneca employees and contractors.

As one of AstraZeneca’s largest sites and its US Center of Excellence for R&D, we support AstraZeneca’s 10-year Sustainability Strategy for protection of Natural Resources, which includes the following global commitments:

  • Limit our 2025 extended operational GHG footprint to 2015 levels.
  • 10% absolute reduction in energy consumption against a 2015 baseline by 2025
  • 10% absolute reduction in waste generation against a 2015 baseline by 2025
  • Maintain water usage at 2015 levels as our business grows by 2025

Sustainability is embedded in operations at the Gaithersburg campus.  Governed by senior management and implemented by cross-functional teams, a dedicated Sustainability Group and active employee Green Team, we set and track progress against annual targets which support AstraZeneca’s global ten-year commitments.  Recent achievements are described below.

Energy & Carbon Emissions

The Gaithersburg campus led the way in energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction at MedImmune and AstraZeneca.  In 2010, we pledged to reduce our energy intensity by 25% by 2020 through the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Plants® program, and are currently on target to meet that goal.  A cross-functional team monitors energy performance and regularly reports progress to senior management to ensure resources are available to achieve this aggressive target.

In 2014, we were the first biotech company to receive certification under DOE’s Superior Energy Performance® program, and we were re-certified to the program at the Gold level for 2017-2020.  We were the first biotech laboratory facility registered to the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard, and were re-registered in 2017 for the 3-year period through 2020. 

Since of the end of 2015, 100% of our purchased electricity has been backed by renewable wind energy.  In 2016, we installed a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to reduce our carbon footprint.  By capturing and using heat from electricity generated by the CHP, we reduce carbon emissions by over 30% when compared to using the conventional electric utility grid.  Our CHP enables reduction of over 7500 metric tons of carbon per year, equivalent to taking over 1600 passenger vehicles off the road!  A second CHP plant is planned for 2019.


Low-flow fixtures and smart irrigation sensors help conserve water on campus.  Additionally, we capture usable “reject” water for use in cooling towers, lowering our fresh water consumption.  Our childcare center building harvests and conditions roof runoff rainwater for use in toilet flushing, and captures additional runoff for manual watering of gardens.  In 2017, we began a robust assessment of the amount of water we use in manufacturing with a goal of reducing unnecessary water use in the production of biologic medicines.


We continue to search for ways to move our waste streams “up the waste hierarchy” to the most environmentally-preferable manner of disposition.  Not only do we recycle typical items such as paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, glass, used oil and yard debris, we also recycle ink cartridges, batteries, light bulbs, self-serve coffee machine packets, cafeteria grease, electronics, and nearly all construction debris.   We have established routes of re-use for items such as furniture, office supplies, laboratory equipment, pallets, and drums.  We donate unserved cafeteria food to our neighbors through Nourish Now.  We have a mechanism for our scientist to share chemicals rather than buying excess.  We contract recyclers who reprocess our waste directly into a usable product, such as composting our food prep, plates, cups and utensils from our ZeroWaste café.  Starting in 2017, we partnered with Triumvirate to reprocess our laboratory plastics and biohazardous laboratory waste into plastic lumber through their “Red2Green” program.  Each year we assess our waste streams for additional opportunities for source reduction, re-use, and recycling.   Since 2015, we have improved our recycling rate by 10%. 

New Construction and Renovations

Sustainability is a consideration in every construction and renovation project on our campus. The site Sustainability Manager is involved in planning and status meetings. Major construction projects are designed to US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold or better.  Our newest building, a Childcare Center opened in late 2017, has submitted for LEED Platinum certification.   Renovation projects include high efficiency LED lighting and occupancy sensors for all office areas, conference rooms, open areas, and garages; automated window shades are used in key areas to provide sun or shade as needed to moderate temperature; low-flow fixtures

Employee Engagement

It takes conscious effort from every employee to achieve our sustainability goals, so we leverage multiple channels of communication to reach them.  In addition to new hire training, we communicate our goals, progress, and programs to all campus employees through our company-wide social network Chatter, frequent articles on our intranet portal Nucleus, a prominent and dynamic Sustainability Wall in our cafeteria, and pertinent site operations email communications.  Our Green Team members represent all parts of the campus and can act as Sustainability ambassadors in their work areas.  The Sustainability Manager works with the Green Team to coordinate events at Earth Week and throughout the year to increase employee awareness of our Sustainability goals.

IQ Solutions

IQ Solutions is a full-service firm, specializing in communications and health information technology. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people—especially those in need. Our approach involves working across all content and skill areas and providing our expertise to empower organizations with the knowledge and resources they need to improve lives. Our passion for the people we serve compels us to deliver the right solutions to the right people at the right time.  IQ Solutions provides innovative ideas and solutions to our clients, based on five core values that DRIVE our work: Dedication, Respect, Innovation, Vision and Excellence.

Our Environmental Commitment 

IQ Solutions seeks to establish and sustain a positive environmental footprint not only for the company, but indeed for our larger global community. In doing so, IQ Solutions is committed to minimizing its overall impact on the environment while encouraging and fostering environmentally responsible behavior on the part of our employees, guests, and business associates.

Specifically, IQ Solutions aims to conserve water, energy, and ecosystems; to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to minimize waste; and to inspire consciousness in support of environmental sustainability. The company also seeks to identify, measure, and understand the direct and indirect impact of its operations, and develop innovative and realistic solutions for mitigating those impacts.

Finally, the company is committed to communicating regularly its progress in implementing the policies and achieving the targets that it has established, to comply with, and in some cases exceeds expectations with regard to environmental laws and regulations.


Focus Areas


It is our practice to minimize waste in our operations and business activities. Dispose of waste conscientiously and creatively by making “reduce/reuse/recycle” the standard operating procedure. Incorporate waste reduction into the design of products, programs, and facilities. Reduce waste through innovative product development, supply chain management, and end-of-life recycling. We strive to make sure:

  • All reusable materials are reused, and anything that can be recycled is recycled.
  • There are multiple containers throughout the office for paper and comingled, recycled items. Paper is shredded, and a conscious effort is made to purchase only recycled office materials and supplies.
  • Employees’ recycling bins are emptied, and paper is shredded.
  • Staff members are encouraged to select electronic or alternate mediums of communication to conserve paper. Forms, letters, and invoices, etc., are sent and approved electronically.
  • Interoffice messages are completed through the HUD (chat system), and wav files through emails.
  • Interoffice mail is distributed through interoffice mail envelopes circulated for reuse.
  • No phonebooks are needed and all 411 information is accessed through the Internet. Directions are sent electronically to PDAs.
  • All “junk mail” companies are contacted on a daily basis and asked to email any advertisements, promotions, catalogs, and correspondence to a dedicated email account.
  • Company communications and employee-related announcements are securely communicated electronically.
  • IQ provides dishes, mugs, and silverware to staff. These items can be washed and reused, in place of disposable materials.
  • Inventory is managed on computer spreadsheets. Double-sided copies are printed with “no cartridge” solid ink on 100% recycled paper. Depreciated electronics and old furniture are donated to charity.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs are picked up by building management and properly disposed of.  Energy-saving lights and electronic equipment are utilized at all times.
  • A Montgomery County business recycling form is completed annually to aid in monitoring and reducing waste by the Property Management.
  • Recycling is promoted in all employee kitchens and lounges. Staff members are encouraged to turn off lights when leaving the room, to turn off running water when not in use, and to adjust office window blinds to block direct sunlight during summer months to minimize burden on air-conditioning units.


We are committed to procuring environmentally sustainable products, materials, supplies, and electronic equipment, while managing energy consumption. We also examine our supply chain to achieve improvements and long-term sustainability in all our purchasing activities. Our purchasing standards are as follows:

  • Recycled paper (100% post-consumer stock) is used with our printers, and toners are made with “no cartridge” solid ink.
  • Paper towels, facial tissue, and bathroom tissue are made from 100% recycled paper.
  • Only sustainable materials are used during remodeling, and no VOC paints are used.
  • Materials are purchased from local businesses when available.
  • Water filtration systems are installed on separate taps in all kitchens.
  • Aerosols are never used


Our goal is to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by identifying the sources and implementing solutions, such as source elimination and efficiency improvement. In addition, we minimize transportation and other fuels, and increase the use of clean fuels with our fleet. Our daily efforts, therefore, are centered on reducing our carbon footprint by following these and many other steps.

  • By subscribing to AirAlerts by Clean Air Partners, a service offered through Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, we receive timely air-quality forecast information and follow simple, voluntary actions to reduce air pollution. In this way, we make a difference in our region’s air quality.
  • Trash and recycled materials are picked up and properly disposed of daily by maintenance personnel in our building.
  • All deliveries and supplies are stored indoors.
  • All lighting has been changed to energy efficient, electronic ballasts and #T8F32 bulbs.
  • Rechargeable batteries are used in all battery-operated electronic devices.
  • Promotional materials are sent electronically.
  • We utilize environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • Staff members work remotely, save on gas, and contribute toward reducing air pollution in our area.


Our goal is to improve water and energy efficiencies in existing operations. Invest in new technologies and systems that enhance water and energy conservation. Include water and energy management as an integral part of planning for the future to reduce the consumption of water and energy. Below are some of the steps we have taken thus far.

  • Computer Monitors, printers/copiers and fax machines are Energy Star Rated.
  • Refrigerators are set to 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Water filtration systems have replaced water coolers in all of our employee lounges.
  • “Smart” power strips are installed on computer stations to reduce the amount of “phantom” power loads generated by our equipment.
  • All lights are turned off when not in use, and most lights are kept off during business hours.
  • All windows are sealed.
  • All lighting is energy efficient, electronic ballasts and #T8F32 bulbs.
  • HVAC unit maintenance is scheduled on a regular basis.
  • Personal heater units are not permitted.
  • Air-conditioning systems have been optimized for efficiency.
  • Regular plumbing maintenance is conducted and faucets are regularly checked for leaks.
  • Plants are equipped with “water sticks” in order to reduce the need for additional watering.


It is our mission to educate and encourage staff members to be aware of our environmental footprint, and how it impacts the world around us. As part of this mission, we provide environmentally friendly transportation options and proactive cost-saving solutions that include remote work, and we encourage staff to take full advantage of these alternate transportation methods.

  • IQ Solutions has a designated Transportation Benefits Coordinator who partners with the Montgomery Transportation Department to ensure that all staff members are aware of the various programs that are offered to employees who take public transportation to work.
  • We are actively participating in the SmartBenefits Program and currently have 36 employees enrolled in that program.
  • We currently offer $75 per month to all part-time employees who take public transportation to work and $125 per month to all full-time employees who take public transportation to work. The nearest metro station is only one block from our offices.
  • We also have a separate “Remote Work Policy,” which allows employees to work remotely for up to 3 days per week. As an incentive, IQ Solutions gives each 3-day remote employee a one-time $125 payment for equipment setup at home and a semimonthly Internet allowance of $22.50.
  • IQ Solutions conducts numerous meetings and webinars via teleconference to eliminate remote employees from having to come to the office for these activities.
  • Employees are encouraged to bike to work, and the building provides bike stations for those employees who wish to do so. For added security, employees may park their bikes in the back of our office suites.
  • When staff members are on travel, it is company policy to book environmentally friendly hotels (usually Kimpton Hotel Group). We also book hotels within walking distance of the meeting locations to eliminate the need for other forms of transportation.
  • IQ Solutions submits the annual Traffic Mitigation Plan Report online. We also have displays in our employee lounges, which provide transit, commuter, and Guaranteed Ride Home Program information.

 With this environmental policy statement, our goal is to engage and inspire employees, guests, viewers, interested parties, and business associates to make a positive impact on our environment. Through sustainable environmental considerations and decision-making, we hope to promote practices that conserve natural resources, and improve public health and the quality of our work environment.

Information Systems Solutions, Inc.

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Information Systems Solutions, Inc. (ISS) is an innovative Information Technology services and solutions provider to the Department of Defense and the Federal Government. We provide the people, processes, design, and technologies that organizations need to effectively align technology requirements with mission objectives. Our core competencies are in the areas of systems integration, systems administration, network engineering, software development, information assurance, cyber security, training, and project management.  ISS employees are skilled professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality support and services. ISS is committed to mission success, growth, and we are experienced in meeting critical goals on-time throughout the world.

ISS has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods.

Highlights of green practices at ISS include:

  • Encourage staff to carpool or take public transit instead of commuting via single-passenger vehicles.
  • Created an ISS Green Policy and Sustainability Plan for our employees to use not only in our office but can be adapted for their personal lives
  • Adopt an anything that can be recycled is recycled policy
  • Use “Green” cleaning materials, where possible.
  • Practice responsible purchasing of all office products
  • Encouraging staff to carpool or take public transit instead of commuting via single-passenger vehicles
  • Ban the use of plastic bottles in the office
  • Provide dishes, mugs, and utensils in the office for staff to use in lieu of disposable materials

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD

As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, HFH-MC seeks to reduce substandard housing by providing a hand-up rather than a handout to help families realize the dream of homeownership. Working in partnership with families, HFH-MC volunteers build, rehabilitate, weatherize and repair homes for low-income families in Montgomery County, Maryland.

HFH-MC supports the notion that good, stable housing matters for neighborhoods. Better quality of living leads to stronger citizens and families. Habitat for Humanity is about changing lives, one home at a time.

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD is committed to minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment. To this end, HFH-MC has developed a green initiative to help propel the organization towards achieving this commitment.

HFH-MC’s green initiative promotes:

  • Minimizing waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible
  • Actively promoting reduce, reuse and recycling techniques both internally and amongst HFH-MC’s customers, donors, and volunteers
  • Meeting or exceeding all state and federal environmental requirements
  • Measuring HFH-MC’s impact on the environment and setting targets for ongoing improvement
  • Implementing basic training programs for HFH-MC staff and enlisting their support in improving the organizations performance
  • Sharing HFH-MC’s experiences and successes with its customers, donors, and volunteers

Gracefully Green, LLC

Gracefully Green, LLC offers landscape consulting and design services, specializing in sustainability. We recognize the functionality of landscapes as well as their beauty, and we strive to unite both qualities in harmony with nature and the needs of the people inhabiting them. Our specialty is a site assessment, or landscape audit, which analyzes landscapes and provides guidance on feasibility of best practices for achieving landscape sustainability, pointing property owners towards the sustainability strategies that make the most sense for their landscapes. The assessment cuts through confusion and serves as a roadmap to success:  better water and soils management, better biodiversity, better ecology, better gardens.

GracefullyGreen, LLC employs green practices across the board, in the services it offers as well as business operations.

We have expertise in:

  • Rainwater collection
  • Conservation landscaping
  • Rain gardens
  • Permeable paving
  • Permaculture
  • Native plants
  • Soil management
  • Composting
  • Sustainable maintenance plans
  • Landscape designs utilizing all of the above
  • Landscape audits

In our business operations, we

  • Use 100% recycled paper
  • Rely on digital files rather than paper whenever possible
  • Recycle paper and other materials, including ink cartridges and electronics
  • Use wind power
  • Conserve water
  • Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Compost food waste
  • Use Energy Star-rated equipment
  • Use energy strips
  • Drive a hybrid vehicle

Global Investigative Services, Inc.

Global Investigative Services, Inc. is a small, woman owned, MBE/DBE certified business with over twenty years of experience assisting businesses, agencies and institutions throughout the world, secure qualified employees by providing a complete array of investigative screening services.

Our client base is composed of organizations in various industries, which include, but are not limited to educational institutions, health care facilities, financial institutions, and government agencies. Global’s mission is to provide our clients a safe, fast and affordable process for conducting background investigations that are accurate, and compliant while at the same time delivering exceptional person-to-person support.

Global recognizes the impact one company can have on their green initiative within the community as well as outside and strives to promote competency and awareness.

The steps to reduce our ecological footprint and transition to a sustainable future include the following green practices:

  • The use of recycled products such as file folders, paper towels, furniture, and computer equipment.
  • Leasing/purchasing ENERGY STAR rated equipment when available.
  • Providing reusable mugs and flatware to all employees.
  • Clearly labeled recycling bins placed in communal areas throughout the office.
  • Using natural light when possible; "save energy" reminders posted on light switches.
  • The use of environmentally friendly cleaning solutions.
  • Encouraging employees and clients to take advantage of Metro accessible location.

Family & Nursing Care


Family & Nursing Care specializes in assisting older adults in need of home care services, whether it is a caregiver to help with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or other daily tasks that may have become challenging or a nurse to assist with more skilled needs like medication management, diabetes management, or wound care. Our clients live in private homes, retirement communities, independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals…anywhere that they need assistance.

Family & Nursing Care believes that we all can contribute to protecting the environment through good stewardship practices. In order to be responsible stewards, the Company has implemented the following initiatives.

  • Recycle: We recycle glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, plastic, plastic bags, energy bar wrappers, and k-cups.
  • Reuse and Reduce: We provide reusable containers in the kitchen for employees to use for leftovers instead of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or baggies. Employees are also encouraged to reduce their use of plastic or paper grocery and restaurant carry-out bags by using reusable cloth/fabric bags instead. Purchase of Styrofoam containers for office use is prohibited.
  • Use reusable and recycled products when feasible: We provide reusable kitchen supplies (glasses, plates, silverware, etc.) and purchase paper goods made from post-consumer waste when feasible (copy paper, marketing materials, napkins, paper towels, etc.
  • Buy Energy Efficient Equipment and Appliances: We buy ENERGY STAR rated and/or EPEAT certified equipment and appliances when available and accessible.
  • Print Double-Sided/Front and Back: Our printer and copiers are programmed to duplex printing. When existing copiers need to be replaced, it is company policy for all new copiers and printers to come equipped with the duplex printing feature.
  • Go Paperless: We use online communications and digital documentation as much as possible and encourage employees to reduce their paper consumption.
  • Printing. Print promotional materials with vegetable or other low-VOC inks.
  • Use Recyclable Print Cartridges: When possible, we use recyclable and/or remanufactured toner cartridges and take them to a recycling center.
  • Recycle Computers and Electronics: We e-cycle computers and other electronics and their accessories.
  • Reduce Junk Mail: We encourage employees to stop unwanted mail such as solicitations, catalogs, credit card offers, etc.
  • Motion sensor controlled lights: Almost all of the lights in our office are motion controlled to save energy.
  • Energy Efficient Lighting: We use energy-efficient light bulbs where possible.
  • Non-toxic Personal Care/Cleaning Products: We supply non-toxic, cruelty-free personal care products and cleaning products for general office use.
  • Pass Green Along: We send regular Green Tips to educate our staff about how each of us can reduce our footprint.
  • Buy from Eco-Friendly Companies: We have implemented a Vendor Evaluation Process to increase our purchases of goods and services from eco-friendly companies.
  • Plant-based options. Provide at least one vegan option at staff functions and give a preference to restaurants and caterers that use environmentally-friendly practices (e.g., compostable or biodegradable bowls, cutlery, and cups; napkins made from post-consumer content; energy offsets; locally grown and/or organic food).
  • Foundation. The Family & Nursing Care Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County, supports older adults by awarding grants that help lower-income older adults gain access to home care and by providing scholarships for certified nursing assistant (CNA) training at Montgomery College.

Dancing Grass Designs LLC

Dancing Grass Designs LLC creates gardens using the classic principles of design and tenets of sustainable practices.  Our Master’s degree in landscape design from George Washington University, green certifications from national and local organizations, and project management experience sets us apart from other landscape businesses.  In fact, what is truly unique about Dancing Grass Designs is our successful management of a LEED for Homes project which received Gold certification in 2012.  For this project, we renovated a 30-year old beach cottage and designed the new sustainable garden.  The project was completed in 6 months with LEED certification following 5 months later.

Our landscape services include:

  • Hardscape design
  • Planting design
  • Installation
  • Project management
  • Consultations

Special design techniques and practices include:

  • Rain gardens, vegetated swales, cisterns
  • Native plants, conservation landscaping
  • Wildlife corridors, wildlife habitats
  • Lawn alternatives
  • Vegetative wind screens
  • Community gardens
  • LEED BD+C:  Homes landscape design

These techniques and practices can be applied to any garden style.  Whether a client would like a formal English garden, a modern garden, or a cottage garden, we can incorporate sustainable solutions.  It’s all about designing for aesthetics and planning for sustainability.  The goal of every project is to design and install beautiful landscapes that are environmentally-friendly and please our client.

Congressional Bank

 As thefirst Montgomery County green-certified bank we are now the best banking partner and lender to green companies, thereby extending our participation in Montgomery County’s Green Initiative. 

While most banks have moved away from a local focus, Congressional Bank is serious about our customers and our communities.

Some of Congressional Bank’s green activities include:

  • The formation of the steering committee, “Gang Green” - our team of associates constantly generating and implementing new green conservation efforts.
  • Our Montgomery County branches are totally powered by wind, through our partner Clean Currents.
  • Moving as many customers as possible to using electronic statements and bill payment as well as other forms of paperless banking.
  • Rewarding green efforts and results throughout the company with the ultimate “green” – cash!
  • Competitions for ideas to cut waste.
  • Continuous training and communications throughout the company to keep “green” top-of-mind with all staff.
  • Setting passion for and willingness to engaging in green efforts as criteria for selecting vendors and new employees.
  • Incentives for car-pooling.
  • No longer using bottled water, thereby not generating that plastic waste. We have invested in reusable tumblers for water consumption in our headquarter location for our employees, shareholders and guests. At our recent Annual Meeting we gave these tumblers to our shareholders and invited them to join with our efforts.
  • Posting a bulletin board in our main office made of 80% recycled material that is 100% recyclable when disposed. It is dedicated to spreading the word about green news, updates and other important information about our green initiatives.

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Congregation Beth El

Congregation Beth El is a Conservative, egalitarian Jewish congregation determined to be both traditional and adaptive to modern life.  We offer a place of worship, a place of study, and a place of community, and as we expand we have been determined to reduce our environmental impact on Montgomery County.  Since 2007, our Green Tikkun committee has helped Beth El adopt enough eco-friendly practices to be the first congregation in Montgomery County to earn Green Certification.  In so doing, we hope to influence congregants to implement the same eco-friendly practices in their homes, schools, and places of work.

We offer programs for every stage of life, including a Pre-School; Religious School; daily early morning and evening Minyanim; a variety of Shabbat services, including for children; delicious Kiddushim; B’nai/B’not mitzvah preparation; Adult Education; Senior activities; a vibrant Sisterhood (and Zahava, for younger women) and Men’s Club (and Jews & Brews for younger men); a wonderful Library and Book Club; Youth Groups; Shir Atid chilcren’s choir; Ahavat Shir adult choir, and Marak HaYom, a teen-led a Capella group; Israel Media series; Mah Jongg;  a multitude of committees to join (such as the Green Tikkun, our environmental group), a Chevra Kadisha, and much more.

Some of the unique environmental steps we have taken include:

  • Sponsoring two “dumpster dives” to analyze the content and volume of our waste
  • Hiring a compost hauler
  • Having compost bins in our kitchens and at each event where food is served
  • Creating signage to sort compost from trash from recycling at Beth El
  • Reducing our trash, as a result, by over 60% by weight
  • Phasing out Styrofoam
  • Using washable dishes for most food events
  • Creating an environmental checklist for outside caterers
  • Using 50% wind energy
  • Hosting Fresh and Local Community Supported Agriculture for the past 3 years
  • Preschool Tu Bi Shevat program has children plant parsley seeds for Passover in compost made from Beth El’s food waste
  • Religious School contest to “Reduce Fuel To Shul” promotes walking, biking and carpools in exchange for eco-friendly prize
  • Hosting 2 “E-cycling” events for electronics
  • Hosting environmental speakers and workshops


CohnReznick is currently the 11th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. CohnReznick serves a large number of industries and offers specialized services for Fortune 1000 companies, middle-market firms, international enterprises, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other key market sectors.

Our commitment to the environment extends beyond our building and into our business. CohnReznick offers a broad array of accounting, tax and business advisory services specific to the renewable energy industry. With services tailored to investors, infrastructure developers and producers of renewable energy power, our clients range from entrepreneurial companies to governments and municipalities. Our services cover multiple technologies including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, energy efficiency and others.

In addition to earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for commercial interiors from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for our office space, CohnReznick participates in many recycling efforts and frequently donates both laptops and furniture to the community. From partnering with a Green Certified Caterer, to utilizing a Green Cleaning Company, to purchasing remanufactured toner and ink cartridges and reducing our paper consumption, CohnReznick is resolute in its commitment and determination to protect the environment. As a Green Certified Business, we look to set an example within the community and with our clients.

For more information about CohnReznick, please visit our or call (301) 652-9100.

Chevo Consulting, LLC

Chevo Consulting, LLC (Chevo) was founded in December 2002 as a privately-held, entrepreneurial organization with a non-bureaucratic environment to help organizations Change and evolve. We created a family-friendly environment, allowing employees to control their work/home-life balance.

Chevo is a management consulting firm, not a government contractor. We help organizations set their strategic vision, determine how best to implement that vision, work with them to implement that vision, and manage the results. We are an unbiased organization and maintain that role by utilizing our expertise, methodologies, and best practices to assist our clients in achieving their strategic objectives. Chevo has four defined Service Areas: Strategic, Portfolio, Project, and Financial Management; these services include: strategic planning, requirements analysis, acquisition management, capital planning, project management, organization change, and implementation oversight.

We began the shift to eco-friendly practices in conjunction with our building management company (Brandywine Realty Trust) over a year ago; they installed energy-efficient lighting, plumbing, and recycling units, while we reduced our suite footprint for maximum energy efficiency; reduced paper and trash waste in the office by installing mixed-use recycle bins and informing staff about recycling efforts, and much more. Highlights include:

  • Encouraging mass transit commuting by offering employer-paid transit benefits and enabling employees to set aside pre-tax income for public transportation
  • Offering telecommuting and flexible schedules wherever possible
  • Using recycled and recyclable paper products (e.g., copy paper, paper towels, facial tissue)
  • Practicing efficient printing: printers set to double-sided, black& white
  • Purchasing environmentally-friendly office supplies and equipment
  • Using a local printer that is Green-certified, using vegetable-based inks or other low-VOC inks, and prints on recycled material

Canon Biomedical/Life Sciences


Canon BioMedical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., is focused on empowering the biomedical research and healthcare communities by developing, manufacturing, and marketing innovative technologies and solutions. This is possible by marrying the development of life sciences technologies by Canon U.S. Life Sciences (CLS), our biomedical research organization, with Canon’s own core technologies. Together these organizations produce technologies and solutions that will enable clinicians and scientists to improve our health and advance science.

Canon BioMedical and CLS are strategically situated in one of the top three biotechnology clusters in the nation. Our neighbors include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland. The area, within commuting distance to Washington, DC, provides employees a uniquely vibrant environment of intellectual stimulation and productivity in the life sciences as well as an array of technologies and facilities conducive to attaining corporate goals.

Our corporate philosophy is Kyosei - a Japanese word that means living and working together for the common good - and this principle is embraced by all Canon employees. In addition to adhering to Canon's corporate environmental assurance philosophy during our daily operations and research efforts, Canon BioMedical and CLS strive to develop products that aid in the elimination of threats to humankind and our environment.

Canon takes an approach to business that is socially and environmentally responsible and strives to improve our relationships with local communities while increasing our respect for the environment. CLS meets the ISO 14001 standard, which provides organizations a framework to develop an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). Our EMS is based on the policies in the Canon Americas Environmental Charter. We continue to monitor and improve our EMS by conducting internal and external audits.


Brickman is a national provider of landscape contracting services with two local offices servicing Montgomery County, MD.  Both offices are part of the Maryland West Region that is led by Regional Manager Greg Lewandowski.  Brickman began in 1939 when Theodore W. Brickman, Sr. founded the Theodore Brickman Company in suburban Chicago. The company's early success was the by-product of an unwavering commitment to live the Golden Rule with clients and employees. In the ensuing years, delighted clients sparked unprecedented growth through "word of mouth" advertising. Mr. Brickman's son, Dick, joined the company in 1954 after earning a degree in Landscape Architecture and was followed by his son, Scott Brickman, who also earned a degree in Landscape Architecture. Dick Brickman and then Scott led the company until 2012. Today the company is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD and is under the direction of CEO Andrew Kieran. Brickman has grown into one of the largest and most respected landscape service providers in the nation.  

As long standing stewards of the environment, Brickman’s focus has become more rigorous through our own innovative approaches in emissions reduction strategies, water use reduction, nutrient management and contributions to committees at USGBC and SITESTM . Highlights of green practices at Brickman include:

  • Utilizing GPS idle monitoring systems for our fleet to reduce idle time
  • Hybrid vehicles for account managers and senior managers
  • 100% recycling of all green waste
  • Low emission alternatives such as propane and electric for grounds maintenance equipment
  • Site assessment services for property managers and owners to help guide them towards reduced impact strategies to improve storm water quality, air quality, soil and vegetation health
  • Recycled and recyclable paper products (paper towels, facial tissue, bathroom tissue, etc)
  • Lighting retrofit that eliminated magnetic ballasts, T12 fixtures and incandescent bulbs
  • 100% recycled printer paper
  • “Green” cleaning materials, where possible
  • All computers and electronics are on “smart strips,” significantly reducing phantom use of electricity
  • Most computers are turned off every evening except the servers

Backyard Bounty

Backyard Bounty is dedicated to improving the environment by re-imagining the American garden. We believe that gardens should be good for you and good for the earth. Our gardens:

  • Never require the use of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers
  • Reduce the amount of polluted water residential properties send to the Chesapeake Bay
  • Limit fossil fuel use by creating space for clients to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit at home
  • Eliminate invasive plants where possible
  • Increase flora and fauna diversity through plant choice

Since we began installing gardens in 2009, Backyard Bounty has installed dozens of conservation landscapes, kitchen gardens, permeable driveways, and rain gardens in the Metropolitan DC region.

Clients come to Backyard Bounty with problems they would like to solve and desires they’d like fulfilled.  We take their needs and desires and design and install environmentally responsible landscape solutions for them.  Below are a couple of examples of gardens we designed that address client needs and environmental concerns:

Backyard Bounty is pleased to be a certified Green Landscaper in Montgomery County.  Prior to this program’s development, we travelled to New England in the cold of winter to train with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) to become Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals.  

In addition to the Montgomery County standards for Green Landscapers, Backyard Bounty is committed to following and promoting the standards developed by NOFA and copied from NOFA’s website below:

Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-site inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and beauty in urban and suburban landscapes and gardens. Organic, in particular, means landscaping with no synthetic pesticides of any kind (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) and with no synthetic fertilizers or soil amendments. 

The NOFA OLC Standards further define organic land care as an approach that:

  • Focuses on building healthy soils that reduce the need for watering and fertilizing
  • Increases biodiversity and avoids invasive species
  • Reduces the risk to children and pets from any kind of pesticides
  • Protects water resources from excess nutrients and pesticides

Our program educates professionals and the general public about sustainable organic landscaping and gardening practices that improve the health and well-being of the people and web of life in their care.

AIS Engineering

AIS Engineering, Inc.  is an established, small disadvantaged, minority, woman-owned, small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) certified full service telecommunications and information technology (IT) engineering firm, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland with branch office in Melbourne, Florida. Since 1994, AIS has been a leading satellite communications solutions provider and systems engineering partner. AIS’ vision is committed to being an industry leader, offering value, excellence and integrity to its customers; and remaining one-step ahead of developing technology.

AIS began implementing environmentally sustainable office procedures and practices in 2010.  Below are some of the green practices AIS has implemented:

  • All computer monitors in the office are flat panel
  • 10% of employees at our AIS-Silver Spring office uses public transportation
  • Usage of recycled office paper and green cleaning products 
  • All outdated IT equipment is sent out for recycling
  • Purchase energy star certified equipment within the office 
  • Established a “Green Committee” in our Silver Spring office 
  • Created “Green Office Practices and Policies” in our Silver Spring office and encourage age of these policies in our Melbourne, Florida office as well
  • Created a “Lights Out” policy to reduce energy waste by reminding staff to turn off light(s) when an area is not in use with light switch cover signage


A.I.R. is an eco-friendly landscape management company that offers natural, organic (n.o.) land care services. Our mission is to improve and renew the atmosphere through n.o. land care. The acronym A.I.R. stands for Atmosphere, Improvement, and Renewal. We do this by providing a variety of services from agriscaping to xeriscaping

Our ideal customer is an environmentally conscious homeowner or property manager who is concerned about their kids’, pets’, and tenants' health, the long lasting health of their landscape, or making a small contribution to the Earth. If you fit this description, we challenge you to take the A.I.R. Dare® and try n.o. land care today. If you are interested in the challenge visit our website at or give us a call at (240)772-1639 for more information.

Highlights of green practices at A.I.R. include:

  • Use of solar panels on our trucks and trailers to charge our lawn equipment.
  • Use of electric-powered lawn equipment in our operations.
  • Being a Terrapass® partner to offset our carbon footprint in other parts of our operations.
  • Use of the products and services of many local businesses.
  • Support of numerous green organizations including Bethesda Green, the Compost Crew, MOM's Organic Market, and SolarCity
  • Use of natural, organic fertilizers and natural soil amendments in our lawn care programs.
  • Use of 100% recycled printer paper in our marketing and office materials

Savenia Labs

Savenia Labs is an independent testing laboratory and information services company that provides energy and environmental impact ratings for popular appliances, electrical products and homes. We produce information labels and ratings so individuals and businesses can choose energy saving and environmentally friendly alternatives while shopping.  Below is a list of actions, policies and principles which demonstrate our strong, proactive approach to environmental management.

Environmental Policy Statement

Our Environmental Policy consists of 10 principles which we commit to uphold;

  • To meet or exceed all local, state & federal environmental regulations applying to any business segment in which we operate.
  • To seek external audits, certifications where feasible to independently verify our environmental performance vs. standards and peer groups in a transparent manner.
  • To produce an annual environmental impact report and action plan
  • To continuously monitor, evaluate and improve the environmental impact of all of our operations.
  • To inform suppliers of our environmental policy and priorities, assist them in reducing their impact and evaluate supplier environmental performance as part of our procurement process.
  • To aggressively respond to any environmental distress resulting from an operational malfunction.
  • To educate and empower employees to implement our environmental policies and objectives on a daily basis.
  • To dedicate sufficient senior management attention to environmental policy implementation, compliance and improvement activities.
  • To participate in community based environmental awareness activities in the communities where we operate.
  • To take a leading role in informing the public, manufacturers and the government about environmental issues of interest and the need for transparency with regard to the environmental impacts of products and services.

Annual Environmental Goals

In 2015, we plan to take the following actions to mitigate and improve our environmental impact;

  1. Calculate and reduce Savenia Labs’ carbon footprint for 2015 – scaled up to accommodate likely emissions of 3 employees. Then offset the remaining emissions with third‐party certified, US‐based carbon offsets. Our operational preference is to reduce actual carbon emissions before offsetting.
  2. Purchase 100% of our electricity from wind powered sources. We intend to purchase third‐party certified Renewable Energy Certificates to account for all of our electricity usage at all facilities and to achieve membership in EPA’s Green Power Partnership.
  3. Inform suppliers and consultants of our environmental policy and priorities, and include the requirement for conformance with these policies and priorities in any new supplier contracts.
  4. Maintain B Lab certification for Savenia Labs in 2015.
  5. Replace vehicle used on company business with more fuel‐efficient alternative.
  6. Minimize business travel by utilizing technological solutions.

Environmentally Preferable Products and Services

Savenia Home ‐ Savenia helps homeowners, Realtors, builders and renovators unlock the value of home efficiency upgrades: Solar, High Efficiency Appliances, HVAC, Lighting, Water Heating and more. Savenia provides home sellers with customized Home Rating Labels, marketing materials and online marketing to differentiate, sell faster, and capture the full value of homes for sale. The net impact is to encourage homeowners, builders, and renovators to improve the efficiency of their homes, saving energy, money, and the environment.

Savenia Retail – Savenia helps appliance and electronics retailers expand sales, margin, customer satisfaction and sustainability with in‐store energy rating labels and marketing materials. Customers viewing Savenia Labels choose more efficient, often more expensive items that save money over the product lifetime – a win‐win‐win for customer, retailer and forward thinking manufacturers.

Savenia Enterprise – Savenia helps large enterprises reduce utility expenditure and environmental impact through smarter procurement on appliances and electronic items. Savenia provides online access to a proprietary database of energy use, water use and environmental impact information on popular appliances and electrics. With this information and associated communication tools, enterprises can benchmark, track, communicate and drive sustainable procurement across the organization.

Savenia also conducts groundbreaking research into US regional water pricing and water using appliances, and provides the first and only ‘Hydro’ (energy + water) rating labels for water using appliances in the United States. We publish details from our research and participate in public forums to educate buyers on the importance of water conservation.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Savenia Labs is committed to operate in an environmentally, ethically and socially responsible manner. This commitment includes maintaining safe facilities and operations and providing goods and services that are safe and minimize environmental burdens throughout their life cycle. Our suppliers play a key role in this commitment, and we expect suppliers to commit to these principles and in addition to pass these expectations down to their suppliers to ensure conformance through the supply chain.

  • All vendors and suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the conduct of their business with Savenia Labs.
  • Savenia Labs will include a strong preference for superior environmental performance of suppliers when making purchasing decisions. We will give preference and encourage suppliers to source locally, to annually map their environmental footprint and to have a plan in place to address these issues for the firm and its major suppliers.
  • All suppliers have an equal opportunity to compete for services issued by Savenia Labs regardless of race, color, sex or national origin. We actively pursue opportunities to source from local, woman‐owned and minority‐owned businesses, small disadvantaged, veteran, service disabled veterans, Hubzone and 8a businesses.
  • Savenia Labs prefers to deal with local and independently owned suppliers of goods and services when availability, price and performance are considered equivalent. We realize that price does not always reflect the total cost (including environmental costs) of a product or service and strive to include these additional aspects in our assessment. 

Independently‐Audited Environmental Management System

Savenia has been a Certified Benefit Corporation since 2011, independently audited and verified by B Corporation.

Solid Waste Reduction and Reuse

We minimize printing of documents and e‐mails. We look for opportunities to eliminate paperwork and switch to electronic format when we can. We employ double‐sided copying and printing. We reduce unwanted and duplicate mailings. We use reusable items (e.g. kitchenware for office meetings). We buy products in bulk to reduce packaging.


We recycle mixed paper (including cardboard), cans, bottles, plastic, glass, toner/ink cartridges and electronic and computer equipment. We also have access to a compost collector in our office. Our office furniture is recycled or second‐hand. The majority of the materials used for our office operations come from recycled/sustainable input materials.

Hazardous Waste/Toxic Use Reduction

We use unbleached/chlorine free paper products as well as organic or sustainable kitchen products. We also use soy‐based inks or other low VOC inks.

Energy Efficiency

Savenia Labs currently resides in the Bethesda Green office space, an accredited green facility. Some of the measures that have been taken to improve the energy efficiency of our office space are included below.

We use ENERGY STAR labeled office equipment as well as an ENERGY STAR labeled water cooler in the common area.

Our office space has an abundance of natural light resulting in reduced energy costs for lighting. We also use energy efficient LED bulbs rather than incandescent bulbs. We use lighting controls such as occupancy sensors and arrange workspace to take advantage of areas of natural light.

Renewable Energy

Savenia Labs has purchased Renewable Energy Credits to account for 100% of our electricity usage. This has qualified us for EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

Our purchase of 5 RECs helps us cut our carbon footprint while supporting renewable energy production. If we assume that the 5 megawatt hours of electricity that we’re supporting with our purchase displaces energy production from the regular grid, our purchase helps avoid 4.045 metric tons of greenhouse gases in the RFC electricity grid region (Maryland’s region). That’s equivalent to planting 104 seedlings for 10 years, eliminating 1.4 tons of waste from a landfill, or taking an average American car off the road for 9 months.

Furthermore, we purchase third‐party certified carbon offset credits to offset the rest of our carbon footprint – 10 metric tons from Terrapass for 2014. The climate impact of that activity is equivalent to taking 2 cars off the road for a year, the amount of CO2 sequestered by 2.1 acres of pine trees in a year, or not burning over 1,100 gallons of gasoline.

We try to minimize our carbon footprint while supporting clean renewable energy production domestically. Our purchase of RECs and third‐party certified carbon offset credits helps us accomplish that goal in a transparent, measurable way.

Efficient Business Travel

Since Savenia Labs works largely with local vendors, suppliers, and service providers – we able to minimize travelling by air. We travel to business meetings in the DC area primarily by public transportation.


Winner of the 2014 US Department of Energy’s ‘SunShot’ Catalyst Competition for Business Innovation. The award recognizes Savenia Solar Ratings, the label developed to help home sellers and buyers more easily understand the monetary value of a home’s solar system.
Profile Updated January 2015

KOL Foods

Based in Silver Spring, MD, KOL Foods balances modern and traditional values. Before it was established in 2008, there was no meat that was healthy, sustainable and from farms, not factories in the kosher market. KOL Foods tells its meat’s true story. We value people and planet. Our goal is to provide honest, healthy, humane, sustainable and delicious kosher meat. Our food connects people to tradition, to the land, to a sustainable future and to good health for friends and family.

We are a kosher farmers’ market and provide quality meat, poultry and fish you know and trust and ship nationwide.  Our animals are beyond grass-fed: they meet the highest standard of the American Grass-fed Association. We never compromise on quality, our 100% grass-fed standard, or the fair wages we pay employees and farmers. Our products cost more, but they are worth it. Our standards:

  • Grass-fed and organic-fed
  • No GMOs or animal by-products
  • No antibiotics
  • No added hormones or arsenic
  • No chemical pesticide use
  • No feedlots: our animals never see the inside of a barn
  • Pasture-raised on small, traditional family owned farms and ranches

Our poultry is beyond organic and free range: it is 100% pastured and organic-fed. Other folks might be USDA Organic, but does this really meet your expectations? USDA Organic poultry comes from birds that are almost always raised on confinement and are fed solely gran (corn and soy). Our poultry roam freely, eat what they choose and grow at their natural pace, enjoying a variety of food, beautiful views and fresh air.

Our beef and lamb are beyond pastured: they are 100% grass-fed and 100% grass-finished. 95% of US cattle are raised for the first part of their lives on pasture and then fattened on grain in feedlots. That is conventional meat. 100% grass-fed meat’s popularity is well deserved for its significant health, welfare and sustainability benefits. Those benefits are completely lost when an animal is grain-finished.

To keep the KOL Foods' office's carbon footprint at a minimal, KOL Foods operates out of a LEED (green) Certified building that uses ground source heating and cooling, has a green roof and many other sustainable features. To top it off, we use Energy Star appliances and the electricity that we do use comes from wind power. Plus, one of the slaughterhouses that we use converts it's waste to bio-diesel for it's trucks. Even the bank that we use (TD Bank) is carbon neutral as of February 2010!

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