Levi’s Stadium, Dunkin’ Donuts Center Set New Standards for Venue Sustainability

Two major sports venues have achieved significant milestones in becoming green facilities.

GBI Launches Sustainable Interiors Certification Program

The nonprofit Green Building Initiative (GBI) launched on June 9 a new certification program that focuses on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in commercial and institutional buildings.

SDSU Student Union Building Gains LEED Platinum

By Audrey Arthur
What began as a student initiative to promote sustainability has led to LEED Platinum certification for the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University (SDSU). The $104 million building is currently the only student union building in the California State University system to achieve the highest level of LEED.

UC Santa Barbara Selects Contractor for Institute for Energy Efficiency

The University of California, Santa Barbara has selected Sundt Construction Inc. to build the school’s new $38.5 million Henley Hall Institute for Energy Efficiency. Sundt’s Irvine, Calif. location will serve as construction manager at risk for the 53,000-square-foot project.

UC San Diego Gains Another LEED Platinum Certification

The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory at the University of California’s (UC San Diego) has received LEED Platinum certification. Designed by THA Architecture of Portland, Ore., and constructed by Rudolph and Sletten, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., the MESOM Laboratory joins the David Keeling Apartments as the second LEED Platinum building on the UC San Diego campus.

Merced County Cheese Company Receives LEED Platinum

In April, the Hilmar Cheese Company celebrated the LEED Platinum certification of the company’s headquarters and Innovation Center.

Google and SunPower Partner to Finance Residential Solar

Google Inc. and Sunpower Corp., a designer, manufacturer and deliverer of solar panels and solar energy systems, have announced that they will team up to finance approximately $250 million in residential solar lease projects.

Largest Net-Zero Commercial Building Opens in San Diego

Opened April 2, the new headquarters of LPL Financial at La Jolla Commons is now the largest net-zero energy and carbon-neutral commercial building in the U.S. Designed by AECOM, with offices in San Diego, and developed by Houston-headquartered Hines, the 13-story, 415,000-square-foot building features a high-performance building design, directed biogas and three on-site fuel cells that generate more electricity than the building and tenant will use.

San Diego Gains First LEED Platinum Certified Airport

The San Diego International Airport is the first commercial airport in the world to be awarded LEED Platinum certification. The airport recently announced that the Green Build terminal expansion, which includes a 460,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas, achieved the highest green rating offered by the USGBC.

Sustainability Begins in the Classroom

The ninth annual Green California Summit wrapped up last week with a special emphasis on promoting sustainability in schools and the potential benefits of Proposition 39 for educational facilities.