Baltimore Powers Up Sustainable Community Facility

green_buildingThe recently dedicated Jean and Sidney Silber Center in Baltimore, Maryland, has announced new energy efficient initiatives.

The center is just one building on the campus of the Parks & People Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts out-of-school time education and recreation youth programming while also supporting, renovating and creating new park and green spaces throughout Baltimore City.

The Growing Green Center will use LG Electronics USA as its technology provider, with a focus on air conditioning technology. According to, the LG Multi V Mini single phase air conditioning system offers the benefits of LG’s flagship Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology to cool or heat an entire building or just a single area or room. The system’s indoor unit provides auto changeover, self-diagnostics and useful fan speed control and sleep mode. Supporting the center’s green education mission are consumer electronics from LG, which include televisions and personal computers. A centerpiece of the facility is an ENERGY STAR certified LG 4K Ultra HD LED TV with four times the resolution of HDTV. The center has also installed ENERGY STAR certified LG appliances.

The center will serve as the new home for Branches, the Parks & People high school environmental internship program that employs interns in maintaining public green spaces while earning a paycheck and learning about educational and green career pathways after high school.

Baltimore has engaged in other energy efficient and sustainable initiatives in the past as well. Last year, OpTerra Energy Services’ Commercial and Industrial Division completed a project that will significantly reduce energy consumption at the City Crescent Building, a historical structure in Baltimore. And in 2015, The city of Baltimore signed a 15-year agreement to purchase almost 4% of its annual electricity use from a new solar power generating plant to be built by Constellation Solar, a subsidiary of Exelon.

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