Building for the Future

In keeping with its guiding principles of Education, Inspiration, and Innovation, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has embraced the most stringent set of green building, energy efficiency requirements in the world.

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Education Center is a multi-purpose space devoted to environmental education; the mix of interior and covered exterior spaces support a variety of programs and events annually.  Ultimately, the Center is a place to learn about the environment AND demonstrate how to build in a more sustainable and enduring way.  This is a building designed to be ‘sailed’ by the occupants to take advantage of daylight, breezes, views, and indoor-outdoor flow. The Cafrtiz Environmental Center includes teaching tools to help building occupants develop a more intimate relationship with energy and water, in terms of both production and consumption, as they contribute to the Center’s resource usage while striving for its net zero goals. 

Building Highlights:

  • June 2017, after more than a year of active use as an educational and meeting space, the Cafritz Environmental Center officially joins the list of of the greenest buildings in the world, having received full certification under the Living Building Challenge™ by the International Living Future Institute.
  • Our Living Building, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Center, was first unveiled at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, attended by Senator Ben Cardin, County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and many other local dignitaries, in October 2015.
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Center was named to the list of Best Real Estate Deals of 2015 by the Washington Business Journal.

Watch the certification ceremony: