Alice Ferguson Foundation Wins Green Business of the Year

On Friday, September 19, the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) was recognized by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Green Business of the Year at its annual Excellence in Business Awards Gala. AFF was honored to be nominated in this category alongside Bates Trucking and Trash Removal and Green Forever Landscaping & Design. The annual gala, designed to honor the businesses that go above and beyond, also recognizes individual entities that have made noteworthy contributions to their respective fields and help maximize the economic potential of the county as a whole.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said AFF Executive Director Lori Arguelles. ”Over the past 60 years we have invested in environmental education experiences for hundreds of thousands of students. Today we are investing in one of the world’s greenest, most energy efficient building complexes in the world to serve the students of the future and appreciate the recognition of our efforts.”

The Foundation’s Potomac Watershed Study Center embraces the principles of the Living Building Challenge©, making it among the most innovative and environmentally sustainable building projects in the world. Upon completion, the net-zero water, net-zero energy, and carbon neutral Center will take green buildings to a new level. Currently there are only five certified ‘Living Buildings’ in the world.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation connects people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. AFF operates the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center—a 330-acre working farm located on the shorelines of the Potomac River south of Washington, D.C. As we fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature and inspiring actions that sustain our world, we provide environmental education programs at Hard Bargain Farm and through our Bridging the Watershed program at National Parks throughout the Potomac River Watershed. Our Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative seeks systemic solutions to the persistent problem of trash. Learn more at

The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit alliance of over 900 businesses, representing over 300,000 employees, making it one of the largest chambers in the state of Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan region. Founded in 1924, the Chamber works to carry out its mission of advancing the interest of business for a vibrant Prince George’s County. Through its various programs and legislative agenda, the Chamber promotes an understanding of and appreciation for business, provides strong business community leadership, and sponsors programs of a civic, social, and cultural nature in order to improve the quality of life for Prince George’s County residents and the business community.

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