The latest from WG’s Sustainable Communities Working Group

by Mardell Moffett (Cafritz Foundation), Chair

Here are a few major items to report as we move into the summer months:

  • After 3 years, Karen FitzGerald is stepping down as chair of the Sustainable Communities Working Group. Under her leadership, SCWG has enjoyed numerous successes, including fostering the development of the Washington Regional Equity Network; and planning, developing, and launching the Partnership for Prince George’s County. Without her bold advocacy at the Meyer Foundation – which included securing $150,000 for its development – the Partnership would not have enjoyed as successful a launch as it had in January. On behalf of Washington Grantmakers, I thank Karen for her dedication, leadership, and hard work.
  • Plans are being finalized to launch an office greening competition in September. “Grantmakers Go Green” will challenge all WG members to undertake various environmentally-conscious efforts around the office and measure their outcomes. A planning committee has been hard at work for the past several months mapping out the expectations and details of the competition. Our overarching goal is to educate and motivate WG members around green practices so that they, in turn, can spread their knowledge and habits to their grantees. Details of the competition will be announced soon, and we are very excited about it. Please let us know if you are interested in joining in on the planning!
  • On June 16, SCWG, Prince Charitable Trusts, and the Cafritz Foundation hosted a briefing about GreenSPACE – a new state-of-the-art resource center for green building in the metropolitan area. The District’s Green Building Act has sweeping implications for funders and grantees, and both Maryland and Virginia are working towards similar legislation. GreenSPACE will serve as a valuable point of coordination for funders, nonprofits, business leaders, and government officials. We will keep the Working Group informed as the project progresses.
  • Finally, we will be bringing the Working Group back together for a Summer Quarterly meeting on July 10th, from 10:00am-noon. At the meeting, we will update each other on activities. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions about the Working Group, please contact Carolynn Mambu at


Mardell Moffett
Chair, Sustainable Communities Working Group