To celebrate reaching and surpassing 50 LEED certified projects, staff from SmithGroup's 11 offices across the U.S. are each volunteering 50 hours for a local environmental, non-profit group.
Many of the SmithGroup volunteer teams are working on restoration projects that protect and restore sensitive ecologies that act as natural filters on both the land and in the water.
A good example is staff at SmithGroup's Washington, DC, office, which recently donated their time to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), an organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Over 100 volunteers planted nearly 1,000 native trees and shrubs on the largest dairy farm in Carroll County, Maryland. Transforming the flood-prone site along Little Pipe Creek into a forest will ensure that excess nutrients from fertilizers and waste don't wind up in the Bay.
"We thank our partners at SmithGroup for their enthusiastic spirit," said Mary Tod Winchester, vice president of administration and operations at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "We realize that without volunteer efforts like theirs, CBF would not be able to affect real change for improving the Bay watershed."
Sustainable design has always been central to SmithGroup's corporate culture and sense of professional responsibility. The firm's green background is impressive: In 2000, its design of the headquarters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, Maryland was the first project in the world to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's top LEED rating of Platinum.
SmithGroup is nationally recognized as a leader in the planning and design of sustainable environments. SmithGroup is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the workplace, healthcare, higher education and science and technology markets. With 323 LEED Accredited Professionals and 60 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design.
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Sandra Knight, APR