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About Us

About Us

A different shade of green

Annapolis Green brings together environmental movers and shakers, individuals and families, local businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to create a healthy, thriving community and planet.

Rather than focus on a single issue, we tackle a variety of challenges plaguing our communities, motivating people to stand up for nature with programs that connect, inform, inspire and incite meaningful change.

In addition to launching effective community initiatives, Annapolis Green consolidates the myriad efforts and resources of other local environmental organizations under one website, providing easy access to leading-edge knowledge, best practices, opportunities for hands-on experiences and events.

Annapolis Green was formed in 2006 by Lynne Forsman and Elvia Thompson, two friends struggling to grasp the big picture of local Green initiatives. Today, the organization serves as the hub of the city’s environmental movement, uniting and inspiring the Greater Annapolis community.

Hear our interview on the Eye on Annapolis Legacy Business Spotlight.

Don’t miss our 2020 Accomplishments video: “It’s a Rap!”on our YouTube channel.

A NEW CHAPTER OPENS FOR ANNAPOLIS GREEN

Annapolis Green Celebrates 15 Amazing Years!

Mission

Our mission is to connect, inform and inspire Annapolis area residents, organizations and businesses to care for the environment, live more responsibly and create a more beautiful and thriving community.

VISION

A Greater Annapolis community that shares responsibly for a healthy environment and works together for positive change.

Our Team

Maggie Hughes, Executive Director

A native of the Eastern Shore, Maggie attended Salisbury University where she graduated with a degree in public relations and environmental studies. After graduation Maggie moved to Sarasota, Florida, where she worked with Edible Sarasota Magazine, leading the sales team, coordinating and hosting events focused on highlighting sustainability, specifically sourcing food locally and showcasing sustainable fisheries. Maggie also worked as the community outreach, public relations and fundraising director for a Geraldson Community Farm, a 20-acre CSA (community-supported agriculture) certified organic vegetable farm.

Her passion for the environment started at a young age playing in the waters of San Domingo Creek and catching crabs with her sister on the Miles River. Maggie has 10 years of environmental nonprofit experience and brings a strong degree of nonprofit management skills as well as proven fundraising strategies. In 2018, Maggie accepted a position with Coastal Conservation Association Maryland as the assistant director. There she managed volunteer chapters all over the state and hosted educational and engaging meetings and banquet-style fundraisers annually. During her time with CCA, Maggie launched Chesapeake Clean-up Week in celebration of Plastic Free July helping to bring attention to marine debris issues in the Bay.

Maggie is also a class 12 graduate of Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy. And serves as Outreach chair for Anne Arundel County’s GreenGive.

Lynne Forsman, Co-founder

Lynne Forsman’s background is in hospitality and tourism sales, and marketing. From Boston to San Francisco, Lynne has fine-tuned her knowledge with an iconic, established hotel company (Marriott), as well as with start-ups (Portman Hotel Group and By Design Meetings & Incentives). Once in Annapolis, she founded and operated Nautical Destinations, a small, women-owned group yacht charter and special event company for 13 years. With a keen interest in the Chesapeake Bay, Lynne initiated Green Drinks Annapolis and helped start and consult with the state’s Maryland Green Travel Program. Lynne has participated in many hospitality organizations including Meeting Planners International and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association, as well as serving as Membership Director for the Green Meetings Industry Council. She served on the Board of Visit Annapolis for four years as its Marketing Committee Chair, then served as Membership Director for the Eastport Business Association, and is currently participating on the Four Rivers Heritage Coordinating Council.

Lynne is a constant volunteer with Downtown Annapolis Partnership and Maryland Avenue & State Circle Association. Lynne is recipient of the TWIN Award and Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award. She received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University. Lynne lives “on the woods” in Davidsonville with her husband, Mark, and Golden Retriever, Adi. She is passionate about the Bay, the outdoors, sports—especially boating—and can be seen regularly jogging with a recycling bag.

Elvia Thompson

Elvia Hernández Thompson, Co-founder & President Emerita

Elvia Thompson served as President of Annapolis Green through 2021 and is currently serving as advisor to the organization as needed. She has over 25 years of government experience at the Departments of Commerce and Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency and NASA, as an analyst specializing in translating technical information into language understandable by the general public. A public relations professional, graphic artist and web designer, she ran a successful web and print design business, and she is author of numerous public interest articles, blogs and op-ed pieces. She produced and hosted a weekly, hour-long radio program in Annapolis, Living Green, from 2012 to 2017 and is an experienced public speaker comfortable on stage and before a camera. She has experience as a grant writer and grant administrator. Elvia has served on the boards of several organizations including the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel Chapter, the Back Creek Conservancy and the Spa Creek Conservancy. She is currently Board secretary of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC and serves on the State of Maryland’s Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC) and on the City of Annapolis’ Small Business Recovery Task Force. Elvia is a graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel and is a Master Watershed Steward. Her Master’s Degree is in Public Administration from Florida International University. Her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies and Broadcast Journalism is from the University of Miami. Elvia is is recipient of the TWIN Award. She is a community activist who advocates for sustainable living with state and local governments, private organizations and the public. She is fluent in several languages and is an avid sailor.

Our Location

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The Annapolis Green House was Annapolis’ first Green community resource center–and our offices! Designed as a gathering place for small business meetings, social receptions, group discussions, workshops and more, our former office was conveniently located on the corner of historic Maryland Avenue and State Circle (92 Maryland Avenue).

We also maintained  a pollinator garden, certified by Bee City USA, and a “foodscaping” garden where we demonstrated how to grow vegetables and herbs among the flowers. Read more.

We are currently searching for a charming, well-appointed location that offers a small meeting room and adjoining flexible-use space, preferable with a garden and workstations for individual use, and event space for up to 50 guests.

RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS

  • Best Eco Business, What’s Up Media, 2019
  • The Maryland General Assembly recognizing the 5th anniversary of Green Drinks, 2011
  • Anne Arundel County Maryland, The County Council Citation, 2011
  • City of Annapolis Proclamation commending  Annapolis Green’s 5th anniversary, 2011
  • The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment Tribute to Women and INdustry (TWIN) Award presented to Lynne Forsman, 2010
  • City of Annapolis Green Star Award for Green Networking, 2009
  • Severn Riverkeeper: Severn River Champion for Public Outreach, 2009

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Phone: 410-656-9420
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