June Newsletter 
panorama of warehouse 
 34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials 
 A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
2010 City Paper Readers' Choice Best Home Goods Store 
In this month's newsletter...
How to find us
How to donate
Useful new links
Green Happy Hour with local beer
Tour of Green Homes
Metal Recycling at the 'Lift
Space for Rent
Miss the plant sales?
New Summer Hours!
New Series: Green Remodeling for the Real World
Forklift Fan of the Month
Visit our huge warehouse at

4671 Tanglewood Drive,

Edmonston MD 20781


In the Hyattsville area,
just 5 min. from the DC line!
How to Donate 
To donate building materials,
click here, 
or call 301-832-0781.
To donate money,
you can: 
1)  Drop it off at the store
to donate online
3) Call 301-985-5180 to donate over the phone, or
4) Mail a check to 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781.  Please make checks out to Sustainable
Community Initiatives.
 Let us know if you would like your contribution to go to our our general fund, or specifically to our building fund, "Rooting a Green Business in Our Community."

Useful new info on our website!

Have you checked out our green links section recently?  As part of our work to educate folks about green renovations, we've added some useful stuff!  
Want to find other recycling and reuse options? 
For example, what do you do with wheelchairs, used office cubicles, or batteries? 
We have links to 
 Need to find a good contractor? 
We have links to
If you think you've found a good contractor, follow our links to make sure they are licensed in your state.
 Like to shop local?
We have a list of over
50 green businesses
 right here in Prince George's County.
So go take a look at our
We also need your advice.
I'm sure we're missing some good resources and
local green companies.  Please let us know about them!  Send an email to Ruthie or call her at 301-985-5180.   

Prince George's County Green Drinks!
This Tuesday, June 8th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at DuClaw Brewery in Bowie Town Center (4000 Town Center Blvd. Bowie, MD 20716
Free.  For more info, contact Ruthie at 301-985-5180.
Enjoy half-price appetizers and Maryland-brewed beer while networking with other eco-minded folks.  At 7:30 pm, Brian Shipp and Andrew Springer will give a short talk about how they are "greening" their local business, Sun Services LLC (
THIS SUNDAY (June 6th) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm,
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment invite you to the
 The tour features a variety of the best green homes and environmentally-friendly gardens in Arlington. The tour will include houses, a condo, a library and a school.  It will highlight green renovations, green roofs, solar panels, rain barrels, wildlife habitats, rain gardens and more.

Metal Recycling

at the 'Lift!
In the past, we were only able to accept reusable metal items.  If you brought us a bent aluminum screen or broken stove, we had to turn it down. 
However, you can now drop off your copper, brass, or aluminum scraps!  You'll recieve a tax deduction, and the recycling proceeds will support our work to reduce waste, make repairs affordable, and create green jobs.  You can even drop off some broken appliances (before bringing it, please call Keith at 301-985-5180 for details).
Office/Storage Space for Rent

Community Forklift sublets space to other local businesses, including several with a focus on green jobs and green construction.  We have some spots available now.  Please contact Jim Schulman at 202/544-0069 for info. 



Did you miss NFI's plant sales 

here in May?


Join them at the Tuesday Twilight Brookland Farmers' Market, beginning June 1st!  The market is located under the Michigan Avenue bridge, adjacent to the Brookland metro station in NE DC (red line).  Market goes from 4-7pm. 
 For more info, email
Summer Hours!
Starting June 16th, we will be expanding
our hours of operation for your convenience.
Our old schedule was:
Wed 12-7

Thurs 9-5

Fri 9-5
Sat 9-5

Sun 12-5 

 (Closed Mon & Tues)
Starting June 16,
 we will be open:
 Wed 10-8 
Thurs 10-8
Fri 9-6
Sat 9-6
Sun 9-6
(Closed Mon & Tues)

June Sales!
50% off Salvaged Doors
Take half off the marked price on salvaged doors priced at $34 or less.  Sale applies to all styles of salvaged doors including vintage and modern, interior and exterior, solid wood, panel, hollow, flush, metal, bifold, storm, screen, and security doors, as well as cabinet doors and doors with glass (Sale does not include doors without price tags, surplus/new doors, or doors priced at $35 or more). 
Buckets of free ceramic tile 
We have buckets of free mismatched and broken tile available - just ask a Reuse Associate if you're interested. 
Great for a mosiac or craft project!   
Furniture 50% - 100% off
Look for the neon stickers to save 50% on select furniture, including chairs, file cabinets, mirrors, headboards, kitchen cabinets, store fixtures, shelving, entertainment centers, and wardrobes.  Some items are even marked with as FREE!  
(Sale does not include any furniture without a
neon "50% Off" or "Free" sticker). 
Triarch Textured Paint
pic of triarch paint Buy one, get one free!  This month, when you buy one 5-gallon bucket of texturecoat for $25, you get one free.  Triarch texturecoat is a interior architectural finish with a fine-grit texture, and we have it available in Howard White, a warm cream color (Sale does not include other types of paint or liquids).  
PIC OF S.A. LIGHT25% off Salvage Arts Light Fixtures 
Take 25% off any Salvage Arts light fixtures priced at $250 or more.  We have a great selection of restored, rewired vintage lights with period glass shades.   
Glass Bottles
 Take 30% off any antique glass bottles in our Salvage Arts department.  They are all pre-1900, and we have a variety of blue, brown, and clear. 

 Andy Ault is the owner of Maryland-based Little River Carpentry LLC, which specializes in sustainable residential design/build remodeling projects and frequently donates materials to Community Forklift.  Andy also teaches at the Green Building Institute.  His next class is June 8th at 7pm - click here for more info. 
Green remodeling
for the real world
New series by Andy Ault
 Everywhere you look, you read about "green" this and "eco" that.   You see pictures of solar panels and wind generators, and hear terms like "passive" and "back-to-the-grid."
 But, what does any of that really mean to you when you're just redoing a bathroom or updating your kitchen? 
In this series of articles, you can look forward to learning about every-day, real-world tips, techniques, and strategies that you can implement right away in your next home remodeling project.  From simple products like timer switches, to technical concepts like advanced framing layout, PIC OF NUMBER FOURwe'll review the four primary components to focus on when sustainably remodeling an existing home, and then drill down into each of those for detailed tips and strategies.
First, it would be helpful to explain my definition of "green remodeling" and how that directly influences what you'll read in the coming months.  For starters, I don't actually like the term "green!"  To find out why,
Forklift Fan
of the Month:
Clifton Wright,
of Wright Way Home Improvement
Our customers and donors represent every type of Washingtonian, from all corners of the region and all sorts of backgrounds.  They always have such great, each month, we'll share them with you. 
Cliff is a very friendly guy, and has been shopping here for several years.  He operates Wright Way Home Improvement with his friend Manny Cruz, and you can always tell when they're here because they will be laughing and teasing at the checkout.  Ruthie M. interviewed him recently.

RM:  Tell me about your family. 

CW:  I have been married for 38 years to a beautiful woman.  Martha has worked for the government for 39 years, and we have four boys.  Three of my sons are married, and the youngest is in college, studying computer technology.  

RM:  How did you start Wright Way Home Improvement?

CW:  Well, I grew up in DC, and worked for WSSC for 27 years.  After I retired, I gained 22 pounds in one year!  So I decided enough was enough, I had to get out of the house.  Home improvement was always a hobby, but that's when it turned into a job.PIC OF MANNY AND CLIFF
I don't have to work every day, but I do it because it's enjoyable.  I get so much pleasure out of being my own boss.  I started doing more work with Manny, and we are now a licensed home improvement company in DC.  Soon, we will be licensed in Maryland too.  We work on pretty much everything:  doors, floors, windows, siding, drywall, roofing, painting, and so forth.  Manny likes to quote Bob Evans:  "If we don't do it right, we don't do it!"
I plan to retire after my youngest graduates.  But when you do this kind of work, it's hard to stop!  Your phone keeps ringing.  It's like being a doctor or mechanic - once you get in, it's hard to get out.  People trust you to give them a fair price and do a good job.  When they trust you, they don't want to find someone else.

RM:  How did you learn about Community Forklift?


CW:  I heard about it through a friend, about three years ago.  I liked to shop at Habitat for Humanity and the Loading Dock in Baltimore.  But I live in Mt. Rainier - moved into my house 32 years ago.  So I was really happy to hear that there was someplace closer to home.


RM:  What do you look for?


CW:  For anything you can imagine!  Cabinets, fridges, appliances, hot water heaters, doors, lights, lumber, trim, and plumbing fixtures.  I come because it's extremely affordable.  I have been able to save a lot of money by shopping here.  That's the main reason I do it - I'm saving tons and tons of money.


It helps me get more business, because I can do the work at a lower cost to the clients.  I don't have to pass on the cost of expensive materials to the customer.  So the more I save, the more I can work!   Of course the other reason is that I get to see you and the Forklift staff - you all are a great bunch of people.


RM:  Why do you like to work with reclaimed materials?


CW:  The old stuff is more durable than the new stuff.  New stuff can be nice, but often people use all-new materials, and it just looks like they got everything at Home Depot.  Especially if you have an older home, you can't always go new and expect good results. 


You can have a beautiful house by reusing materials.  You just have to take the time to clean it up and put it in.  It's worth it because it can look great, and last a very long time.  


RM:  Do you ever shop here for your own house?


CW:  Oh yeah!  There are Community Forklift materials throughout my entire house.  I've bought so many things that saved me money.  My house is 90 years old, and it needed a lot of work.  We had to gut it completely.  I wouldn't have been able to put it back together without Community Forklift.  

RM:  Thanks, Cliff!
Save $10 on any purchase over $50

Print this coupon and bring it in to receive $10.00 off your purchase of any Community Forklift items totaling $50 or more!

Offer Expires: June 30, 2010.  Limit one coupon per household per month.  Cannot be combined with other sales.  Coupon cannot be used for items from our partners, including Alco, Treincarnation, Rox Produx, and some Salvage Arts items.