The Center for a Livable Future’s LEED gold-certified offices are located at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the east side of Baltimore, Maryland, a city of 621,000 people. The university’s East Baltimore campus also includes the renowned Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, along with several other Johns Hopkins divisions and buildings, and is surrounded by urban community of families and businesses.
Baltimore is a harbor city in the coastal plain that borders the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The bay provides crucial habitat for many species of fish and shellfish, but it has been degraded by human activities. The watershed draining into this bay covers more than 64,000 square miles in six states (MD, VA, PA, DE, WV, and a small section of NY) plus the District of Columbia. The watershed region includes the densely populated metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the poultry production areas of the Delmarva Peninsula and Pennsylvania’s rural heartland, host to both small- and large-scale agriculture.
Just north of Baltimore City, in Baltimore County, are farmlands with highly productive soils. The county lost about 15% of its farms between 1997 and 2007, but, as of August 2007, it had also protected from development more than 53,000 acres of farmland through agricultural easements and zoning laws.
Renovating our new space to meet LEED standards was an important affirmation of our mission to "promote policies that protect health, the global environment and the ability to sustain life for future generations." Read more>>