Sustainability Statistics

LEED Gold Certified

Land 

  • A hill was formed on-site with excavated dirt from the project. Instead of hauling the material away, the mound served as the landing for a bridge and a topographic amenity for the site.
  • Erosion control strategies are implemented, by using geotextiles to stabilize soils and plants for root stability.
  • Soils were amended on-site.

Planting 

  • 67 trees were planted, including California sycamore and willow acacia.
  • The project avoids annual planting.
  • Low water usage planting was used on-site, including aloes, sages, fescue grass, and agaves.

Water 

  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 12,000 gallons of water.*
  • The rain garden holds water along the northeast curve of the building offering natural infiltration to the ground source.
  • Reclaimed water from the chillers and blowdown is used for 100% of the landscape irrigation. The surplus water irrigates the surrounding site.

Carbon, Energy + Air 

  • The project uses regional materials.
  • The project reduces light pollution.
  • The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
  • During construction, pollutants were controlled and retained.
  • The trees sequester 8,040 pounds of carbon annually, which are equivalent to a standard car driving 11,318 miles.*

Social 

  • The site is actively used, with the school supporting the academic endeavors of more than 9,000 professors and students.
  • Approximately 100 courses are held within the building.
  • The project supports alternative modes of transportation by providing bountiful bicycle parking.
* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)
**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year.  (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

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