Bethesda Green Names New Executive Director
Local environmental nonprofit hires former D.C. Energy Administration deputy director
Provided by Bethesda Green
Veronique Marier, an environmental engineer, has been tapped to become the new executive director of Bethesda Green, replacing Dave Feldman.
Feldman, the founding executive director of Bethesda Green, is stepping down to replicate the organization’s model in other communities.
Marier comes to Bethesda Green from the District’s Energy Administration, where she worked to encourage energy savings measures, such as increased use of solar panels on and energy benchmarking for buildings.
Before that role, Marier worked at Washington Gas Energy Services where she was manager of green products. She helped develop a program to offer wind power to consumers and support projects to improve local air and water quality.
A Somerset resident who has lived in the Bethesda area since 1994, Marier grew up in Quebec and later graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario. She comes from a family of nature lovers, her parents left their wedding ceremony in a canoe and ran summer camps in Quebec, according to a short biography of Marier provided by Bethesda Green.
“We’re delighted Veronique is joining Bethesda Green at a pivotal point in its development,” said Bethesda Green Board Chair Anthony Millin, in a statement. “She has the energy, drive and determination to lead the organization as we explore ways to expand our efforts in Bethesda through exciting new sustainable projects such as commercial roof gardens and EcoDistrict development in the downtown business sector.”
The EcoDistrict concept is being developed as part of the Bethesda Downtown Plan to try to integrate environmental and economic sustainability.
County Councilmember George Leventhal, one of the founders of Bethesda Green, said Marier’s diverse background will be an asset for the organization. “We’re getting a lot of interest in promoting more green roofs and assisting more individual consumers to choose solar. We want Bethesda Green to be in the heart of the discussion of creating an EcoDistrict.”
From adding recycling bins to city streets to creating an incubator for environmentally-focused companies, Bethesda Green has been involved in local sustainability issues since 2008. It receives funding from corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity as the new leader of Bethesda Green and look forward to working with the community developing innovative programs to ensure a healthy and vibrant Bethesda in the future,” Marier said in a statement.