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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 v2.0
  • Yosemite Hall—LEED Gold for New Construction v3

Segundo Area

  • Segundo Services Center—LEED Platinum for New Construction v2.2

Tercero Area

  • Tercero Phase 2 (Wall, Potter and Campbell)—LEED Gold for New Construction v3
  • Tercero Phase 3 (Pine, Scrub Oak, Currant, Live Oak, Sequoia, Mahogany & Hawthorn)—LEED Platinum for New Construction v3
  • Tercero Phase 4 (Cottonwood, Redwood, Madrone, Olive) — LEED Gold for New Construction v3

Dining Retail Facilities

  • Silo South Renovation (including Silo Market)—LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors v3.0
  • Scrubs Café (as part of the Vet Med Student Services and Admin project) — LEED Gold for New Construction v3
  • Latitude — LEED Gold for New Construction v3

LEED Registered Projects

  • Shasta Hall (Emerson Hall Redevelopment) — certification goal of LEED Gold for New Construction v4
  • Kearney Hall — certification goal of LEED Silver for Operation + Maintenance: Existing Buildings v3
  • Laben Hall — certification goal of LEED Silver for Operation + Maintenance: Existing Buildings v3

Green Cleaning

Student Housing and Dining Services' cost-effective green cleaning policy and high-performance cleaning program ensures minimal exposure of building occupants and custodial personnel to potentially toxic contaminants that may adversely impact indoor air quality.

Wherever feasible, cleaning products and materials shall meet the sustainability requirements of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance IEQ Credit 3.3: Green Cleaning, Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials, and comply with the requirements of LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M IEQ Credit 3.4: Green Cleaning, Sustainable Cleaning Equipment.

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