Philip Merrill Environmental Center

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CBF's Maryland Office resides at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis. It is one of the world's most energy efficient buildings and was the first LEED Platinum building.

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The Philip Merrill Environmental Center is home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Philip Merrill Environmental Education Program. It also houses CBF's operational and education headquarters and Maryland state office, in addition to being 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 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.

Find out more about the Philip Merrill Environmental Center

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