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California's Statewide Online Database of Green Buildings

California directory of government green building locations and status of construction.

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Government conversion of building construction methods and retrofits of office and service buildings in California have supported the early struggle of green supply companies as they commercialized their products and services. State, county and city governments have truly been leaders in the green building movement in California. This database of some of the state-supported green buildings will show you how government leaders have taken the mandate to reduce energy use and improve healthful working environments to heart. This list will be helpful in finding green buildings to tour as examples of green and conservation techniques. We congratulate our government leaders for their dedication to improving our infrastructure.

The California Department of General Services has developed the nation’s first statewide online database of “green” buildings using free, readily-available online mapping technology.

“By using public mapping tools, we have created an easy-to-use online gateway to California’s most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings,” said DGS Director Will Bush. “The map highlights state-owned facilities that are meeting Governor Schwarzenegger’s goal to build and operate buildings that save energy, conserve natural resources and decrease their carbon footprint, while furthering our goals to make state government open and accessible.”

Commercial buildings use over 30 percent of the state’s electricity and account for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, raw materials use and waste.

The state’s online green building portfolio is an example of the governor’s vision for California’s future, and the role that technology and government can play in meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

This directory was developed by the California Department of General Services to promote greater public awareness about state government's commitment to designing, constructing and operating state-owned buildings that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

“Governor Schwarzenegger has made the use of mapping technology a priority, recognizing the tremendous potential it has to serve Californians,” said Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer for the State of California. “This new site is a terrific application that will help carryout the Governor’s environmental goals, while at the same time providing a great way to keep up with the progress on this significant effort.”

The online map enables the public to view the large portfolio of state facilities that achieve the energy and environmental goals of the governor’s green building executive order. The buildings in this database fall under the governor’s Executive Branch authority, and do not include facilities owned or operated by the UC, CSU, or community college systems, courts, or K-12 public schools -- which are also significant in number and green achievements.

Issued in December 2004, the green building order requires all new state construction projects to be built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) “silver” standards. In addition, the state’s biggest existing buildings (larger than 50,000 square feet) are pursuing LEED certification for energy- and resource-efficient operations and maintenance practices.

The green building order calls for state agencies to reduce energy purchases from the grid in state-owned buildings 20 percent by 2015 and encourages cities, counties and schools to do the same.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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