LG Electronics USA is the leading technology provider for the new Growing Green Center, a modular building sited on the campus of the Parks People Foundation in Baltimore, MD. Parks People is 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 recently dedicated Jean and Sidney Silber Center supports Parks People’s mission to unite Baltimore through parks. The center — located near the Parks People’s LEED Platinum headquarters in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park — 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.
“LG’s energy efficient solutions for commercial and residential facilities help create a more sustainable future, and we’re proud to contribute to the community through this process,” said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA. “Our support for the new Silber Center underscores LG’s mission to give back to local communities with a focus on innovative, greener systems.”
Parks People Foundation President CEO Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder thanked LG and other project partners for making the newest addition to its campus a success. “The new Jean and Sidney Silber Center showcases the highest level of green building design, and we can’t wait for campus guests to get a closer look.”
The sustainably-constructed Silber Center features a number of energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® certified LG products, including air conditioning systems, consumer electronics, and home appliances.
LG’s air conditioning technology is key to the center’s sustainable design. 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.
And, ENERGY STAR certified LG home appliances help make the center greener while providing convenience for residents, students, and community groups using the center. These include an ENERGY STAR certified LG bottom-freezer refrigerator, an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher with LoDecibel technology for quiet operation, and a countertop microwave oven features LG’s EasyClean® interior for cleaning without using chemicals.
The Silber Center debuted at the Greenbuild Expo sustainable building conference in Washington, DC. The Jean and Sidney Silber Center was unveiled in its permanent location with a tour highlighting the importance of incorporating sustainable materials in building and education.
In addition to LG, project partners for the Center are: Jean and Sidney Silber, Building Design+Construction, U.S. Green Building Council, Ziger/Snead Architects, Morgan State University – School of Architecture + Planning, Modular Genius, Inc., Markline, Synthesis, Inc., Access Lighting, LG One, Nora, Dow Corning, Chicago Faucets, Valspar Paint, LaCantina Doors, MechoSystems, and the Modular Building Institute.