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. Check out our real-time dashboard of the building's energy and rainwater use and energy generation.
All materials used in building the Philip Merrill Environmental Center are made of recycled products or created through processes that don't damage the environment. The facility 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.The building serves as an interactive model that has educated and inspired people—including hundreds of businesses, organizations, and government agencies—for 20 years.
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.