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.

Green Builders Respond to White House Sustainable Wood Support

The Obama Administration highlighted their support of sustainable, wood-building materials as a way to create jobs, support rural communities and conserve the environment at the White House Rural Council workshop “Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment.”

Green California Summit and Exposition Coming to Sacramento

Green builders and stakeholders are gearing up to attend the Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center April 8 to April 9 to share best practices and survey the latest technologies in sustainable building. A wide array of green building topics will be covered at the two-day conference. The summit will provide forward-thinking education programs through various education tracks. Each education track will present three distinctive educational sessions.

UC San Diego Opens LEED Platinum-Designed Building

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is celebrating the completion of the new $113 million Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility.

Clean Technology Lab Building Breaks Ground at WSU

Washington State University has broken ground the new, state-of-the-art Clean Technology Laboratory Building.

PacMutual Campus Mixes Antique Architecture with Sustainable Design

By Audrey Arthur
The PacMutual Campus in downtown Los Angeles has revitalized the ornate, historic architectural details of its buildings and partnered them with state-of-the-art sustainable features to create a singular LEED Platinum campus.

EMP Museum Building Gains Green Recognition

The EMP Administrative Office Building for the EMP Museum added another sustainable achievement to its record.

Q&A: NMHU Building Earns LEED Gold

The student union building at New Mexico Highlands University recently received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC. Designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects in a joint venture with Studio Southwest Architects of Santa Fe, N.M., the three-story building is the new gateway building to the campus and includes such sustainable design features as a geothermal well system, glazed aluminum curtain wall and one of the first motorized sun tracking louver systems in North America.