Our Mission

Green Legacy’s mission is to deliver exceptional deathcare at fair prices that will empower family and friends who want to remember the people they love with funerals that are kinder to Earth. 
Green Legacy’s success means that our customers’ children and grandchildren will escape toxic chemicals and more than 200,000 tons of CO2 from conventional funeral sources that will otherwise threaten our atmosphere in the DMV over the coming decade.

About Us

Green Legacy™ is a business startup that is planning to launch the DMV’s first green funeral home devoted to eco-friendly funeral options.  Soon, after our facilities are fully-licensed, Green Legacy™ can offer funeral services that are kinder to the Earth and gentler for families left behind after a loved one dies.

Company leadership has partnered with a talented commercial real estate team and is working right now to secure an exceptional operating space in suburban Maryland. Green Legacy™ plans to offer Natural Organic Reduction, alkaline hydrolysis (water cremation), and green funeral options of all kinds.  

“We can’t wait to invite you in,” says the company co-founder and licensed mortician Lily Buerkle.  “Our team expects to open for business and begin our service to area families in the coming months.”

We're Bringing New Green Choices to Maryland

Among our initial service offerings will be:

Alkaline Hydrolysis

Water Cremation

Home Funerals

Successful Home Funerals

Natural Burials

Specialists in Funerals with Natural Burials

Natural Organic Reduction (“NOR”)

Gently Reducing Your Body to Natural Soil

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Green Legacy™ Leadership

Meet the Green Legacy Leadership Team
Lily Buerkle

Lily Buerkle


Lily Buerkle is an experienced mortician and funeral director licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. After arranging hundreds of funerals, cremations and burials, Lily has become a green burial resource locally and a sought-out speaker in the community, helping to prepare families for end-of-life changes. She is particularly passionate about green burial and empowering families in their funeral decisions – and loves saying “yes” to families yearning to honor loved ones in unconventional ways. Lily is co-founding Green Legacy after years of listening to bereaved families asking for better environmental options and will join the company full-time as both a funeral director and chief operating officer to lead the company’s funeral staff. She earned her baccalaureate degree in international trade from Georgia Southern University and is a graduate of the Mortuary Science program at the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.

Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner


Adrian Gardner says he’s a proud son of Glenarden in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and a “reformed” lawyer who recently discovered his next passion project in co-founding Green Legacy. In the midst of coping with his mom’s terminal diagnosis, Adrian was inspired to engage the green funeral industry after hearing Katrina Spade from the State of Washington deliver the viral TedTalk about her peaceful eco-friendly funeral invention — natural organic reduction. After a career practicing law and managing organizations in the public and private sectors, Adrian will step in as the company’s chief business officer to handle its core business functions, including finance, risk management, personnel and compliance programs. He is certified by the Cremation Association of North America as a crematory operator, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government and Northeastern University.

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Green Legacy Brands LLC

8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1100

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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