For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Tim Zink 410-962-4436/ Sue Walitsky 202-224-4524

September 19, 2014


TODAY: Cardin, Hoyer to Mark Opening of Greenest-Ever Smithsonian Building 

 Senator applauds LEED-Platinum Mathias Laboratory in Edgewater, which will emit 37 percent less CO2 than a comparable lab

Friday, September 19 at 2:00PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will participate with Rep. Steny Hoyer (also D-Md.) and Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough in a ribbon-cutting celebration for the Smithsonian Institution’s newest and greenest building, the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. Designed to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building in the Institution, the Mathias Laboratory will emit 37 percent less CO2 than a comparable lab.

“’Mac Mathias would have loved this building almost as much as the research that is going to go on inside it,” said Senator Cardin. “This new lab will dramatically advance research efforts on conserving the Chesapeake and understanding climate change. Highly energy efficient, heavily reliant on renewable energy sources and quite beautiful, the lab is a statement on how the built and natural environments can continually complement one another.”

WHAT:          Ribbon-cutting for the LEED Platinum Mathias Laboratory

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                        Congressman Steny H. Hoyer

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough

WHEN:          TODAY – Friday, September 19 at 2:00PM

WHERE:        Smithsonian Environmental Research Ctr., 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037

HOW:            For more information or to RSVP, media should contact Tim Zink,

Sen. Benjamin Cardin