No charts, less water: Greener orthodontics in Montgomery County

Anyone who has ever visited a dentist or orthodontist knows how resource-intensive those businesses can be. But conservation is still possible. Just ask the experts at Scott Orthodontics.

From water to electricity and everything in between, oral care, like health care in general, can consume plenty if care teams aren’t careful. Scott Orthodontics has been working hard since 2012 to improve its own sustainability.

For Rockville Yoga Studio, Mindfulness Means Green

To the uninitiated, yoga may seem like little more than a group of flexible people bending their limbs in time to dreamy music.

But for the devoted, yoga is a full-fledged lifestyle. Fitness is a big part of the equation, but so is a concept called mindfulness. According to practitioners, mindfulness can help people become more environmentally conscious.

“Mindfulness to me doesn’t mean sitting in a field in silence,” says Arlet Koseian-Beckham, owner of extendYoga in Rockville. “It’s every part of my life, and more awareness of daily things. It’s synonymous with being aware of my surroundings, actions and decisions.”

Raffa Achieves B Corporation Re-certification, Boosts Overall “B Score”

Reflecting the commitment of the consulting firm’s leadership and staff, Raffa received its re-certification as a B Corporation and boosted its “B Score” in the process. Founded more than 30 years ago by Thomas Raffa, the firm has thrived as it has met its goals of strengthening the nonprofit business sector and proving that companies dedicated to social good can thrive.

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The Green Business Program has Expanded!

Montgomery County is seeking to stimulate growth in the green economy with the announcement that it has broadened the standards for its Green Business Certification Program to include business sectors previously ineligible. They include restaurants, cleaning companies, hotels and home-based businesses.  The program has also updated its website to be more user friendly and responsive. 

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Montgomery County Launches Early Bird Benchmarking Program

Benchmark your building (or encourage your building owner or management to) in EPA’s free tool, Portfolio Manager, including the building profile and energy use data covering all of 2014, and report to the County by July 1, 2015, and receive a package of recognition for benchmarking and any other sustainability actions being taken in your building or portfolio.

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Cutting grass the green way: Bethesda woman grows Solar Mowing

By Emily Birnbaum, Special to the Gazette

Before Lyn DeWitt used to mow her lawn, she would take her children inside her Bethesda house and shut the windows to escape the mower’s fumes and loud motor. As the communications director for the Audubon Naturalist Society and generally an environmentally aware citizen, DeWitt decided that she had enough of the gasoline-powered mower.

That’s when she decided to harness the same sun that helped the lawn grow in the first place — and her company, Solar Mowing, was born.

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Montgomery County expands green business program to landscapers

By Kevin James Shay, Staff Writer, the Gazette

Seven Montgomery County landscaping businesses have been certified as environmentally friendly through an expansion of the county’s green certification program to that sector.

The certification process, which involves meeting requirements that are verified through onsite visits, provides credibility in advertising that you are an environmentally friendly business, said Toni Bailey, owner of Rockville landscape design business Gracefully Green.

“Having the word ‘green’ in your name does not really prove you are a green business,” Bailey said. “With this certification process, our customers can be confident that we walk the talk.”

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