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 2005 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.
Our mission is to connect, inform and inspire Annapolis residents, organizations and businesses to care for the environment, live more responsibly and create a more beautiful and thriving community.
A greater Annapolis community that shares responsibly for a healthy environment and works together for positive change.
Elvia Thompson, Co-founder & President
Elvia Thompson 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 is on the Board of several organizations including the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel Chapter, the Back Creek Conservancy and formerly the Spa Creek Conservancy. 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. 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.
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.
The Annapolis Green House is 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, the Annapolis Green House is conveniently located on the corner of historic Maryland Avenue and State Circle (92 Maryland Avenue).
The charming, well-appointed center offers a small meeting room and adjoining flexible-use space leading outside to a relaxing porch and urban garden overlooking the State House. The Annapolis Green House is WiFi and audio-visual enabled and offers workstations for individual use and event space for up to 50 guests.
Our proximity to Main Street makes the Annapolis Green House an ideal location for organizations to meet, showcase their products/services and build a sustainable community.
For rental rates and further information, contact us at (410) 656-9420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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