Measures of Success

  • This last year we also received LEED Platinum Certification in New Construction for our new Bioengineering building, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Munger Physics Residence, and our San Joaquin Villages and Portola Dining Commons.
  • UCSB’s Student Resource Building was just recertified as a Platinum building under LEED EBO&M version 4.
  • Last year UCSB’s Bren Hall recertified as a Platinum building under LEED EBO&M version 4.
  • Completed in fall 2015, Sierra Madre Villages is the first residential complex in the UC system to attain Platinum certification, the highest possible rating for sustainable design under the category “LEED for Homes.” UCSB is the only campus in the system with any “LEED for Homes”.
  • UCSB now has 60 LEED certifications in place, with over 2 million square feet of campus building space LEED certified


  • UCSB began working with the USGBC in the pilot version of LEED NC in 1998. Donald Bren Hall, the first laboratory building in the U.S. to achieve a Platinum certification, was completed in 2002. UCSB also received an award from USGBC, in the category of Resource Efficiency, for construction waste minimization and a 90% waste diversion rate in the creation of this project.
  • In 2002, UCSB adopted a campus policy stating that all new buildings commissioned after July 1, 2004, must meet a minimum of USGBC’s LEED Silver certification. In 2010, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee established an interim policy that all buildings commissioned after July 1, 2010, must meet a minimum of LEED Gold.
  • Green building at UCSB moved from interim policy to formal practice, which raised the LEED minimum rating on campus for new buildings from Silver to Gold for buildings approved after July 1, 2012.
    Ongoing Practices and Programs
  • Implemented Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee (CSC) Subcommittee on the Built Environment. The subcommittee meets to revise the Green Building Design Practice.
  • Implemented practices to include one CSC member (or subcommittee member) on each building committee.
  • Implemented practices to include LabRATS representation on all building committees for laboratory buildings or buildings that include laboratory space.
  • The Environmental Studies department at UCSB offers a specialized class called LEED Lab for graduate and undergraduate students to learn about green building. During the yearlong class, students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and choose one building to building to work though the LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M) certification process.
  • UCSB’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program applies to the entire campus and all buildings and strives to investigate and correct any discomfort or adverse health effects suffered by building occupants.

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