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We are committed to being good neighbors and mindful members of our larger Baltimore and Maryland communities.
One way we do this is by making sure that the building that houses our largest clinic in Baltimore City is helping make Baltimore a healthier and more sustainable city, and providing a healthy and beautiful indoor environment for our clients and staff.
Our clinic at 421 Fallsway complies with Baltimore City’s green building law (even though construction of our building predated passage of that law, we wanted to model it!). It also is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as Gold certified [link to certificate—pdf] under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for New Construction Rating System. In issuing the certification, the council hailed Health Care for the Homeless a “pioneering example of sustainable design” and leader “in transforming the building industry.”
Our favorite points of pride: Our roof is a partial green roof and home to a small sedum garden. And we have a centrally-lit atrium that spreads natural light throughout the building. In the boring-but-important department, we also have an in-duct ultraviolet germicidal irradiation system, a fancy name for how we reduce airborne infections.
What do these accolades mean for our local environment? Health Care for the Homeless uses 20% less energy and 40% less water than it would had it not been built to Baltimore City’s green building standards.
See the evolution of our fabulous building here [link to photo gallery—see ppt]
[TK—video tour of building]