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1st Building in Baltimore Receives LEED Gold Rating
Photo Courtesy of Herring Run Watershed Association

Photo, Courtesy of Herring Run Watershed Association

On June 30, 2009 the Herring Run Watershed Center announced that it is the first building in Baltimore to receive LEED gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. With the help of architects Ziger/Snead and Baltimore Green Construction, the former Pelham Bakery building has been transformed into an example of green design.  The building is outfitted with a green roof and native plant gardens, a composting toilet and recycled tile bathrooms, a tankless water heater, recycled oak floors, recycled countertops, low flow faucets, fsc certified cabinets, a self-monitoring lighting and HVAC system and more.

For an excuse to visit the center, consider participating in the vegetable gardening workshop to be held this month:

Grow it Eat it!

When: Wed, July 15, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Herring Run Watershed Center, 3545 Belair Rd., Baltimore, MD 21213 (map)

Description: It’s not too late! Join the Grow It Eat It statewide campaign to have one million vegetable gardens in Maryland. Learn how to start and maintain a successful food garden that is good for you and good for the environment. We’ll talk about how to plan your garden, select your site, prepare your soil, plant your crops, and take care of your garden. This is a great workshop for residents, teachers, community gardeners, or anyone else interested in gaining a better understanding of where your food comes from and how home growing can help the environment. The class will be lead by two terrific volunteers from Maryland’s Master Gardener program. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat at this FREE class, please contact Ashley Traut at 410-254-1577 or To learn more about the Grow it Eat campaign, go to