Philip Merrill Environmental Center

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The Philip Merrill Environmental Center houses the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, Maryland state office, and an education program. It is also a highly popular event venue. In design, construction, and operation, the building reflects our mission to protect and restore the Bay.

Find out more about CBF's Philip Merrill Center Environmental Education Program.

The World's First LEED Platinum Building

The center, which opened in 2001, is one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings, incorporating natural elements into a fully functional workplace which has minimal impact on its Bay- and creek-front surroundings. The first building to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the center and its sophisticated systems have won international acclaim as a model for energy efficiency, high performance, and water conservation. All materials are made of recycled products or created through processes that don't damage the environment. It is an interactive model that educates and inspires people, including hundreds of businesses, organizations, and government agencies. It is extremely cost effective and operates in harmony with the land, natural resources, and the Chesapeake Bay, proving that "green" buildings work. Our facility also proves that it isn't necessary to lose comfort or beauty to build responsibly.

Building "green" was once considered a cause advocated mostly by hardcore environmental groups. Not so today. With rising energy costs and emerging technologies catching on, "green" buildings are smart solutions for both businesses and homeowners serious about reducing pollution, mitigating environmental impact, and saving money.

Do you have a question about our green building? E-mail us at: chesapeake@cbf.org.

Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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Volunteer

Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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