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Dave Feldman, Executive Director Bethesda Green

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Dave Feldman is the founding director of Bethesda Green, a dynamic 501c3 that serves as a catalyst and trusted resource for building a healthy economy and sustainable community. This model initiative has set up the first green business incubator and education center in the DC/Maryland region.

Feldman is also the CEO of the Livability Project LLC, an organization that provides structure and tools to help communities develop sustainability initiatives. Through Livability, Feldman leverages his entrepreneurial experience, international economic development expertise, and passion for sustainability to implement socially responsible, “green” community development projects that can be replicated worldwide.

Prior founding the organization, Feldman was Consul, Trade and Investment at the British Embassy. His role as head of the largest economic development agency in the world was to help US companies operate successfully in the United Kingdom and to support UK companies exporting to the United States. He was directly responsible for a portfolio that included information technology and renewable energy.

Feldman holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland in International Management and Finance. He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (’06) and is currently on the Board of Sustainable Business Network of Washington (SB NOW).

For more information about Bethesda Green, visit www.bethesdagreen.org. For details about Feldman’s Livability Project, visit www.livabilityproject.com.

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans