Green Buckeye RN

Organic Gardening: Green Health Care
December 8, 2011, 10:59 am
Filed under: News

By Sharon Tregaskis

Last year, the Baltimore Medical System’s new Highlandtown Healthy Living Center served nearly 15,000 patients—many of them uninsured immigrants for whom English is a second language—in a sparkling new $11.5 million clinical facility in East Baltimore. Sunlight stands in for fluorescent bulbs in patient-care spaces. Formaldehyde-free, low-VOC building materials reduce toxic exposures for staff and patients. Even the cleaning products are environmentally friendly, while the art on the walls—made from found and reused materials—explores the relationship between human health and that of the planet. A fourth-floor terrace garden promotes reflection and contemplation in the bustling inner-city neighborhood, and a rain garden along the sidewalk diverts stormwater from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

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