Customer of the Month – August

Clean Currents is happy to present our August Customer of the Month: Charlie Garlow.

Charlie lives in the Woodmoor Neighborhood in Silver Spring, MD.  He is a lawyer and co-owner of The Green Commuter bike shop located in Takoma Park.


When asked what his favorite Clean Currents wind powered business was, he couldn’t help but say his own, The Green Commuter, which sells standard and electrically powered bicycles.

Charlie was selected the our August Customer of the Month because of his commitment to minimizing his impact on the environment and spreading knowledge and information on sustainability to others.

Perhaps most notably, as you can see in the picture, Charlie is a bit of an electric vehicle enthusiast.  He owns and drives an electric car that even has solar panels attached to its roof, an electric motorcycle (pictured), and an electric bicycle.  He can also be found puttering around on his unicycle (although it’s powered by his own legs and not electricity).

Charlie will be will be riding his electric motorcycle cross country to promote renewable energy and electric vehicles.  The ride, called Fun Run in the Sun, is a project of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC, of which Charlie is the President.

Charlie also serves on the board of CCAN, helps to organize DC’s annual tour of solar homes, helps his neighborhood of Woodmoor participate in Clean Current’s Green Neighborhood Challenge, and as a board member of the YMCA of Silver Spring, is pushing to get solar panels and a solar thermal system installed on the property to help power the building and heat the complex’s pool.

Clean Currents salutes Charlie’s dedication to green energy and sustainable choices.  If you’re interested in being spotlighted in a future “customer of the month” spot, please contact us.