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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

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]


The Fitzgerald To Be Largest Green Apartment Complex In Baltimore

The Fitzgerald To Be Largest Green Apartment Complex In Baltimore

The Fitzgerald, a large grey building under construction on Mt. Royal Avenue between the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Lyric Opera House, is nearing completion and will become Baltimore’s largest green Apartment Complex.  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”.

According to the Bozzuto Group, the Fitzgerald will:

  • be at least 14% more efficient than current standards require
  • purchase 70% of the building’s electricity from renewable sources
  • reduce water consumption by 40%
  • be 100% smoke free
  • implement carpets, adhesives, sealants, paints that will meet or exceed low VOC standards
  • be constructed from at least 10% recycled materials
  • divert no less than 75% of construction waste to recycling
  • offer an enclosed bicycle area with racks
  • offer preferred parking for hybrid vehicles and car sharing

For a link to the Fitzgerald site, CLICK HERE.

To follow the Fitzgerald on Twitter, CLICK HERE.