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FRIDAY: Take the survey and help Franklin go for gold!

Want to be a part of something big, and green, and gold?

No, this has nothing to do with the Oakland A’s. It’s about UC’s Franklin headquarters and its all-out effort to go for gold, LEED Gold, to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact.

Whether you work at Franklin or elsewhere, whether you take BART in or drive alone, UCOP wants you to join the effort this Friday, May 11, to renew the Franklin building’s LEED gold certification.

Here’s all you need to do:

  • On the morning of Friday, May 11, you’ll receive an email from Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava with a link to an anonymous survey.
  • Complete the short survey no later than 7 p.m. by answering questions about your work commute. The survey will take you five minutes or less.
  • Be sure to opt in at the end of the survey to the drawing for thank you prizes, including one iPad mini and BART tickets. (Federal, state and FICA tax may be withheld on the value of certain prizes). Local prizes will be substituted if winners are from non–Bay Area locations.

You can take the survey even if you are working remotely (or on vacation) — you do not need to be in your workspace.

The survey will be available on one day only — Friday, May 11, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. — and all responses must be submitted on that day.

So look for the email on May 11 with the link to the survey. Alternatively, you can take the survey on laptops in the Franklin lobby, but please take it only once.

What is LEED?

If you aren’t familiar with LEED, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a voluntary program that rates buildings on their operational costs, energy and water use and the environment they create and maintain for their occupants.

The Franklin building was a frontrunner in becoming the second existing UC building to become LEED certified in 2007. The goal was not only to improve its own environmental performance, but also, as UC headquarters, to set an example of environmental responsibility for other UC locations to follow.

Franklin is now up for recertification to prove that it continues to meet LEED criteria for environmentally responsible existing buildings. One important measure is how many Franklin occupants use alternative transportation methods (other than driving alone) to get to and from work, which is the subject of the May 11 survey.

So be sure to take the survey on Friday, May 11!

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