BGE’s Spring Gardens campus in South Baltimore is home to an official Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat. BGE is the first corporation to earn this recognition!
BGE’s Spring Gardens campus has been in continuous operation since 1855 and today is a base for approximately 400 employees, electric and gas operations, and three hard-to-miss Maryland-themed murals in South Baltimore.
What most people don’t know is it’s also a thriving wildlife habitat. Patterson Park Audubon Center recognized this, naming the 72-acre industrial facility an Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat. BGE is the first corporation to earn this recognition!
Bird-friendly habitats support residential and migratory birds by providing food, water, shelter, and a suitable place to raise their young. More than 50 different bird species have been identified at Spring Gardens, which is also the site of a pollinator garden, a 155 kW solar array and a 100-foot wide riparian forest buffer along the site’s waterfront.
BGE’s commitment to the environment is a core value of the company. We achieved the gold standard certification for environmental management, ISO 14001 certification and have been an EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2012. In addition, since 2013, the company has given 28,000 free trees to customers through a $500,000 grant to the Arbor Day Foundation. BGE’s Green Grants program also awards grants of up to $10,000 to non-profits dedicated to environmental programs throughout central Maryland each year.
Patterson Park Audubon Center works to protect birds and their habitats and to improve Baltimore for birds and people. Click here to learn more about bird-friendly communities and how to take part in the program.