About Us

iThis website is the labor of love of a team of people who want to share their wish for Frederick County and mid-Maryland residents to have access to, share and participate in sustainable living.

Green Frederick Founder Linda Norris-Waldt has, over time, managed to become an expert on recycling and waste diversion, and most recently composting and vermicomposting. Linda has longtime connections to many local green leaders from a decade as Frederick County’s Recycling Director, and being a member of the 1990s Monocacy River Conservancy, the Sierra Club Catoctin Group, Green Drinks, the Frederick Compost Workgroup and the Creation Care Team at Holy Family Catholic Community. She began Green Frederick as a hub for events, information and discussion of waste reduction, energy conservation, natural and local food and cooking and “tread lightly” recreation and green space conservation.

 Chief Blogger Leann Nizzardi has lived in Frederick County for decades, and in the city for two years. She is a “Jill of All Trades” in office work, where she is an accounting assistant. In her spare time she likes to read and putter in her flower garden, and also volunteers for Celebrate Frederick–this year she is in charge of the Green Block of In the Street! When it comes to sustainability, she is a passionate about our society’s over-dependents on single-use plastics, and is a member of 4oceans.com which cleans up those pesky plastics.

 Social Media Maven Vanessa Moreno has lived in Frederick since 2006. She is an assistant manager at Firestone’s Market and works as an intern for East Frederick Rising. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking, read a good book, dabble in photography, and spend time with friends. She is currently applying for graduate school for urban planning so with that being said, she is passionate about sustainability practices being implemented within urban planning policies. With cities only increasing in population and size, it’s time we start taking measures to live in sustainable and environmentally friendly city centers. 

OUR MOTTO: Be inspired and encouraged–you don’t need to reinvent your life to be sustainable; just take one small step at a time.