Sustainable or green building is an integrative approach to planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and removing buildings in ways that conserve natural resources, reduce energy and water consumption, improve the health of occupants, and minimize pollution. Montgomery Parks manages and operates hundreds of buildings and is adding new buildings to the inventory every year. The Department has been committed to “greening” many of these buildings by renovating existing buildings to be more sustainable and constructing new buildings to perform efficiently and conserve resources. Resource conservation and sustainability is also implemented in the design of our outdoor facilities and parks.
The first government building in the state of Maryland to be LEED Platinum-certified. Among its green features are:
Completed in 2019, this newly constructed LEED Gold certified building is currently used as a workspace for our park maintenance staff and has a host of sustainable features including:
Completed in 2021, Maydale was Montgomery Parks’ first ‘net-zero’ facility. The sustainable elements incorporated into this building to reduce impact on the environment include:
The building and its features are learning elements for sustainability and aid in the programming for children and families.