Health center earns LEED certification


The Heart of the City Health Center is in southeast Grand Rapids. Photo via

A health center operated by a local nonprofit has earned a certification for its sustainability.

Grand Rapids-based Cherry Health said last week it was awarded a LEED Silver certification for its Heart of the City Health Center, at 100 Cherry St. SE.

The center achieved the certification by implementing strategies and solutions aimed at sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Sustainability is important to us as a component of providing a welcoming environment for our patients,” said Tasha Blackmon, president, Cherry Health. “We scored particularly high marks in the areas of community connectivity and public transportation access, which I’m especially proud of since our mission is to serve the underserved.”

Heart of the City was built in 2011 and offers a variety of services, including adult medicine, pediatrics, dental, vision, pharmacy, health insurance assistance, outpatient counseling and integrated behavioral health.

The 206,000-square-foot facility serves more than 10,000 patients annually.


The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

It is a program for buildings that are designed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

More than two-million commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19-billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 165 countries and territories.

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