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Green Buildings


Student Housing and Dining Services buildings in the Cuarto, Segundo and Tercero areas are operated and maintained to LEED® standards.


The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program is an internationally recognized benchmark for high performance green buildings, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The University of California has a policy to design and build all new buildings to a minimum standard equivalent to LEED Silver.

LEED Standard Highlights

Sustainable Sites

  • Bike parking for every resident
  • Alternative transportation access within one-quarter mile
  • White roofs on newer buildings

Water Efficiency

  • Low flow/flush fixtures resulting in 30 percent and greater water savings
  • Water saving washers in all laundry rooms
  • Water efficient landscapes: plants, maintenance and irrigation

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Newer buildings are 32 percent or more energy efficient than California’s Title 24 standards
  • Smart thermostats reducing heating and cooling loads
  • Efficient lighting systems
  • Energy Star equipment
  • Renewable energy: solar photovoltaics and solar thermal systems

Materials and Resources

  • Construction waste diversion 75 percent and greater
  • Sustainable purchasing policy
  • Solid waste management of ongoing consumables and durable goods
  • Solid waste diversion 53 percent and greater

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • High-performance green cleaning program
  • Walk-off mats to limit pollutants coming into buildings
  • Low-emitting materials containing low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Natural lighting and task lighting to reduce overhead lighting
  • Occupant controllability of lighting


  • Sustainability education for residents and staff

LEED Certified Projects

Cuarto Area

  • Cuarto Dining Commons – LEED® Gold for Commercial Interiors
  • Emerson Hall – LEED® Silver for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance

Segundo Area

  • Segundo Services Center – LEED® Platinum for New Construction

Tercero Area

  • Tercero II (Wall, Potter and Campbell) – LEED® Gold for New Construction
  • Tercero III (Pine, Scrub Oak, Currant, Live Oak, Sequoia, Mahogany & Hawthorn) – LEED® Platinum for New Construction

Registered Projects

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