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UC recognized as pioneer and leader in sustainable design construction

Nathan Brostrom and UC chancellors with awards

UCOP’s Nathan Brostrom (far left) accepted the Sustainable Neighborhood/Campus Super Hero Award on UC’s behalf, along with State Senator Ellen Corbett and other UC campus representatives. The award recognizes UC as a pioneer and leader in sustainable design construction. (Photo courtesy USGBC)

The University of California has a hidden super power: It makes buildings turn green.

Just how green? Well, UC has more LEED-certified buildings than any other university in the country. So green, in fact, that the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California chapter just named UC a green building super hero.

Nathan Brostrom, UC’s executive vice president for business operations, accepted the Sustainable Neighborhood/Campus Super Hero Award on the university’s behalf at a San Francisco gala on Oct. 29. The award recognizes UC as a pioneer and leader in sustainable design construction.

“Our campuses are living laboratories for sustainable practices,” Brostrom said. “We’re tapping into our own leading-edge research in energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels and green construction to meet our ambitious sustainability targets.”

More than 140 buildings on UC campuses and locations are LEED certified. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate a building’s environmental and sustainable attributes in a holistic way.

UC’s green power comes from its Policy for Sustainable Practices, which mandates that any new construction or renovation meet LEED certification standards.

At the gala, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Barbara were recognized for exemplifying the best in green building.

“We’re proud to honor these outstanding individuals, projects and organizations,” said Dan Geiger, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council–Northern California in a statement. “Northern California leads the country in green building, and these award winners exemplify the region’s spirit of innovation.”

See Communications Coordinator Harry Mok’s full story, including links to stories about UC’s LEED milestones.


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  1. Sally Philbin November 13, 2013 Reply

    This is a great accomplishment! I think that all of the individuals in the picture deserve to be named below the picture. Also, when is the dripping faucet in the employee lounge on the 5th floor of the Franklin building going to be fixed?

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