The World's First LEED Platinum Building

The Philip Merrill Environmental Center houses the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters. In design, construction, and operation, the building reflects our mission to protect and restore the Bay.

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.

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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Save the Bay

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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