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.
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 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.
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.
Olivia Fey, Summer Intern
Olivia Fey is a student at Swarthmore College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Computer Science. She is an honors graduate of Severna Park High School where she was president of the Green Club. At Swarthmore, is doing sustainability and Zero-Waste related work and participating in different research projects. Olivia is a youth advocate and speaker on a number of environmental issues including climate change. She has given speeches and testified before government bodies. Olivia is a musician and is interested in photography and applying professional skills and acquired knowledge of engineering fundamentals and design to solve real-world issues.
Caroline Krall, Summer Intern
Caroline Krall is a student at Georgia Tech, majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is a part of various environmental advocacy groups on campus including the Association of Environmental Engineering and Scientists, Engineers without Border, and Students Organizing for sustainability. She recently led a group of students on a Sustainable Cosmetic Project that presented research on the harms the cosmetic industry has on public health and the environment. She has used field data and GIS software to collect bloom data from trees in the Georgia Tech arboretum system to map pollinator friendly trees and has Informed property owners and policy makers about how land use can support pollinator health. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she works with her sisters to organize various fundraising events for the Atlanta CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) a group that helps to advocate for children in the foster care system. A graduate of Severn School, Caroline was brought up in the Annapolis area. She says that growing up near the bay and witnessing its beauty has led to her passion for protecting nature and human health.
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