Golden 1 Center in Sacramento Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) certified Golden 1 Center, the new downtown home of the Sacramento Kings on Sept. 22. as LEED Platinum, the highest level of global recognition an environmentally-efficient building or organization can receive.

Silver Oak Named First Commercial Production Winery to Receive LEED Platinum

Silver Oak Winery has been named the first commercial production winery in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification, the USGBC’s highest level of recognition.

C.W. Driver Completes Net-Zero Construction of Alpine Library

C.W. Driver Companies, based in Pasadena, Calif., has completed construction on one of San Diego County’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings, the Alpine Library in Alpine. C.W. Driver, San Diego-based Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina designed the building.

Marin County Plans Green Hospital for 2020

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

California Approves Multiple Green Energy Reforms

Governor Jerry Brown signed several major pieces of energy legislation last week, keeping California on the cutting edge of the green industry boom.

California Welcomes Solar Robots

Just how high-tech is the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company QBotix? To answer that question, let me introduce the QBotix Tracking System (QTS). QTS is a comprehensive dual-axis tracking system that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximize energy output.

Despite Uncertain Future, California Leads in Wind Power Installations

Texas has been the leader in wind power installation for six years, but now California has taken the title. A new report by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., finds that California has led the country in installations in 2011, accounting for 921 megawatts of new wind power.

CalGreen Codes Get An Upgrade

California has made headlines again in terms of environmental building practices. In January 2011, the state became the first in the country to create statewide green building codes with the CalGreen Building Code.

UC Berkeley's New Sustainable Biomedical Center Open for Research

The new Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences building at the University of California, Berkeley, is open for research into some of the most enduring medical challenges.

California's First Sustainable Utility Campus Completes First Phase

Burbank Water and Power and AHBE Landscape Architects have completed the first phase of the state’s first sustainable utility campus.