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Grand Opening Of The Fitzgerald Was Indeed Grand

Grand Opening Of The Fitzgerald Was Indeed Grand

The grand opening of The Fitzgerald was apparently the place to be the evening of Thursday October 28th.  Upon arrival guests happened upon a sizable crowd of attendees listening to developers commending all involved with the project, followed by a theatrical dance routine on the apartment’s “bridge” and a swift unveiling of “The Fitzgerald Apartments” sign indicating that The Fitzgerald is open for business.

Guests were then encouraged to enter the building, treated to complimentary cocktails, a feast of food and permitted to check out the structure’s public spaces including a plush movie room, cyber cafe and terrace -both embellished with modern fireplaces, an interior common area, gym, and pool as well as model one and two bedroom apartments.

The project’s developers tout The Fitzgerald as on track to become the largest LEED certified apartment community in Baltimore (The Fitzgerald is currently undergoing certification).

To see interior images of The Fitzgerald and to learn more, CLICK HERE.

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You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

High Rise For Honey Bees
A Green Roof Installation

November 9th, 2010, 1 – 4pm
2233 Huntingdon Avenue
Baltimore , MD 21211 MAP IT

Green Roof Service LLC and Architecture and Design Inc. (ADI) are pleased to invite the community to the installation of the first rooftop garden designed specifically for honey bees. The installation will take place on Tuesday November 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof of the recently remodeled Ice Storage House owned by Resource Conservation Technology in Baltimore.

Demonstrations explaining green roof technology will be held throughout the installation, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the installation and beekeeping. Admittance is free and open to the public. One of the greatest threats to honey bees today is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. The garden will provide an ever-blooming habitat and water source for bees while reducing the building’s energy consumption. Green roofs slow and store contaminated storm-water runoff, reduce air-borne pollutants, and mitigate the urban heat island effect, thus benefiting the urban environment and the bay.

Green Roof Service LLC and ADI combine their extensive experience to bring sustainable design to the Baltimore area. Theirs is the first green roof with honey bees in Maryland and one of the first of its kind in the country. Join them as they create this mutually beneficial environment up on the roof.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

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Post Update: This event has past, but you can see photos of the Honey Bee roof top garden HERE.

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Grand Opening Celebration The Fitgerald LEED Apartments

Grand Opening Celebration,
The Fitgerald LEED Apartments

You are invited!

Art Unveiled: Grand Opening Celebration of the Fitzgerald
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 7 – 10pm
1201 W. Mt. Royal Ave, between the MICA and the Lyric Opera House
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Earlier this year the Bozzuto Group, the project’s developers, announced that the Fitzgerald “is on track to become the most sizeable LEED certified apartment community in the Baltimore area”.

Now you check it out for yourself!

There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment. Enjoy complimentary cocktails as well as tastings from area restaurants and the works of local artists on display. Ample parking will be available in The Fitzgerald garage.

To RSVP and learn more, CLICK HERE.

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MD Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council Call For Entries

MD Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council Call For Entries

Herring Run Watershed Center, Image courtesy of Ziger Snead

The Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its call for entries for the organization’s sixth annual awards celebration.

Utilizing a “WinterGreen” programming theme, more than twenty different categories will recognize excellence in green building design and construction, as well as the people and companies responsible for sustainable efforts throughout Maryland. The awards program is scheduled for Thursday, January 27 at the new Thames Street Wharf in Harbor East.

Members and non-members of the Maryland Chapter of USGBC are encouraged and eligible to submit nominations to “WinterGreen” by visiting www.USGBCmd.org.

Awards will be presented in two categories: Projects and Leadership.

Project-based awards will be given to outstanding green projects, separated by project type. The Leadership and Inspiration Awards are designed to recognize the people, projects, initiatives and organizations that have contributed to market transformation, community organization and change.

There will be a $50.00 entry fee for all Project submissions, but all Leadership entries remain free. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 16.

To qualify for a “WinterGreen” award, the entered project must be located in the State of Maryland or the primary architect or mechanical engineer must retain an office in the state. Most importantly, any nominated project must be registered for certification in any of the following programs:

– Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED)
– Baltimore City Green Building standards
– Green Globes
– Collaborative for High Performance Schools
– Earthcraft Green Homes
– Enterprise Foundation Green Communities
– NAHB Green Homes.

“Locally, there are numerous examples of projects that utilize innovative thinking and creative execution to achieve specific sustainable objectives,” said Katy Byrne, Executive Director of USGBC’s Maryland Chapter. “WinterGreen is designed to showcase these projects so we may all learn from them.” [tweetmeme http://www.URL.com]



Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Thought leaders from industry, academia and government will come together on Monday, October 4th at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore to focus on job creation and business development opportunities inherent in addressing the climate change challenge.

The conference requires registration and $250, but a consumer trade exhibit that coincides with the summit will be free and open to the public from 9:00am – 9:00pm. The trade exhibition will have information on technologies such as wind and solar renewable energies, alternative fuels and biomass and smart energy consumption.

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For more information about the summit, CLICK HERE.

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25th Street Station, Come Hell Or High Stormwater

25th Street Station, Come Hell Or High Stormwater

Walmart Storm Drain at Baltimore Port Covington Shopping Center

For residents involved in legislation regarding the proposed 25th Street Station, the process has been a disappointing one.  There was the promise “this is not a done deal”, but during community presentations by the developers, the tone was one of “Here’s what we’ve done” rather than “Here’s what we can do for you”. Communication from District 7 Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, where the 25th Street Station project is proposed, has been poor. Residents living within a walkable distance of the site, but whose locale is not named “Remington”, have been deemed persona non grata by the councilmember and ignored. And finally, site plan concerns raised about the complex fell on deaf ears at the Planning Commission hearing on August 5th.  After four-plus hours of testimony, the commission voted unanimously, without deliberation, to approve zoning changes and move the project forward.

With this in mind, there is an urgent need in the 11th hour to bring attention to an issue that has received little scrutiny. The primary Environmental Site Design feature for the 11-acre site, the green roof atop Walmart, is insufficient to satisfy current local and state laws regarding sustainable development.  As a result the project appears to be failing in its methods for Stormwater Management under current law.

Stormwater management is an especially important concern for development within close proximity to our waterways and, in particular here, the Chesapeake Bay.  Stormwater runoff is generated when rain and snowmelt flows over impervious surfaces and is not filtered by the earth.   Runoff collects debris, chemicals, sediment and pollutants and transports it directly, unfiltered, to stormdrains and the nearest waterways.  The design plan for the 25th Street Station includes paving over the majority of the 11 acre site and does not appear to contain enough pervious surface area to adequately manage stormwater runoff under the current law.

This issue was brought up at the August 5th Planning Commission hearing, but was disregarded out of hand on the basis that the project had been “grandfathered” into the old requirements.  While it is true that provisions exist for the Maryland 2007 Stormwater Management Act where waivers can be administered by local agencies to projects that have received preliminary approval, but have yet to be realized, the 25th Street Station is not appropriate to be considered for such a waiver.

The development team was well aware of the 2007 stormwater law when they created their project’s design.  The lawyer for the project, Jon Laria, is the Chair of the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland and has conducted forums on stormwater management.  On September 2nd Laria was also appointed Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission.  You would think that Mr. Laria would aid the developers in creating a model sustainable project for the City of Baltimore.  Instead he appears to be using his expertise to help his team skirt the law.

When a copy of the Stormwater Management Waiver was requested from the Baltimore Department of Public Works, the DPW responded that this project does not have an approved waiver and to date a waiver has not been requested.

Waiver or no Waiver, by not adhering to current stormwater management standards, this project is not “LEED certifiable” as required by Baltimore Green Building Standards.  According to the United States Green Building Council LEED 2009 minimum requirements, new construction “must comply with applicable federal, state, and local building-related environmental laws and regulations in place where the project is located.”

The last hope for resolution of this issue is at the September 15th Land Use and Transportation Committee hearing.  Hopefully Committee members will require compliance of current stormwater regulations and LEED certification for the passing of the PUD for the 25th Street Station.  Otherwise they will be an accomplice in rendering the developers immune to current city and state environmental regulations.

Port Covington Stormwater Filter: Rocks On A Gutter

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