Dick Williams, pictured left, hovers behind the scenes of his strong environmental leadership.

Dick Williams is co-chair, along with Bernadette Roche, of Green Grace, our diocesan environmental group. Enjoy this story on the breadth of Dick’s work in environmental affairs from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. You can follow GreenGrace on Facebook.

Story by Keith Maynard and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

When Dick Williams is pressed, he’ll agree that he has become a community leader in environmental activism, but he seems to do so with reluctance. Perhaps it’s because he didn’t aspire to be a leader, but rather was led to it by God and his faith. The seeds of Dick’s activism might well have been planted while he served as a consultant for Marine Corps housing on Guam. Asked to incorporate sustainability standards into building specifications, he familiarized himself with LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental awareness. Later, he provided leadership for design and construction of a new education building for St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis where he was a member. The church leadership wanted the building to demonstrate the community’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The resulting building was LEED® Silver certified. Throughout the planning and construction over more than three years, all project meetings opened and closed with prayer. As Dick says, “the resulting achievement of a beautiful well-designed Formation Building was not a complete surprise—rather, it was an answered prayer.” Read the full story on Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s blog.

Also check out the video Green Grace produced on the dangers of single-use plastics below.