UC Santa Barbara Lab Still One of Nation’s Greenest

The U.S. Green Building Council recognized 15 LEED-certified projects in celebration of its 15 years as an organization earlier this year. The projects were chosen based on versatility, value and staying power.

CDCR Honored for Green Efforts

In October, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) accepted the Cool Planet Award from the Los Angeles-based environmental nonprofit Climate Registry and Rosemead, Calif.-based electrical company Southern California Edison (SCE).

Marin County Plans Green Hospital for 2020

Major work is underway for an expansion at Marin General Hospital (MGH) in Greenbrae.

Winners Announced for Architecture at Zero Competition

On Oct. 23, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the winners of the fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building design.

Denver Skyline Adds New LEED Office Tower

The Connecticut-based private investment firm Starwood Capital Group plans to develop a new office building in the Union Station neighborhood of Downtown Denver, called 16 Chestnut. The company is working through a controlled affiliate and East West Partners, a Denver-based development company specializing in, building, selling, managing and supporting high quality real estate to complete a third collaboration project in the Downtown Denver area.

ASU’s College Avenue Commons Earns LEED Gold

Arizona State University’s College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building, completed in summer 2014, recently achieved LEED Gold certification. The project was a joint collaboration between locally based Gensler and Architekton designers and architects and was built by locally based Okland Construction.

Green Building Initiative Invites Public Feedback

The Consensus Body of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), headquartered in Portland, recently called for public comments on a revision to its American National Standards Institute, ANSI/GBI 01-2010:

Massive Green Roof Park Planned for Cupertino

In 2014, Sand Hill Property Company acquired the Vallco Shopping Mall in Silicon Valley. The shopping mall has been in trouble for years and has had its lower level shut down for over a decade. Sand Hill Property Company hopes to re-develop the shopping mall into something innovative, sustainable, and green in Cupertino.

University of Colorado Earns Eighteenth LEED Certification on Campus

The University of Colorado announced August 24 that newly renovated residence hall, Baker Hall, has received LEED Platinum certification, making it one of 18 buildings on the University of Colorado campus that have been LEED-certified. The 15-month renovation was finished in August 2014.

EPA Launches New Tribal Green Building Toolkit

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the San Francisco-based Tribal Green Building Codes Workgroup announced on Aug. 17 a new toolkit to assist tribes in prioritizing and implementing healthy, green building policies and practices.