UC Davis’ West Village and its winery, brewery and food science building have helped make it and the University of California “Green Heroes.”
The Northern California chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council handed out its 2013 awards on Tuesday in San Francisco.
The award recognized UC as a whole, but also highlighted UCD for West Village — the largest planned net-zero energy community in the country — and the winery, which scored higher on the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification than any other university building.
The UC system has received 140 LEED certifications, the most of any university, and its energy-efficiency projects have spared the system $100 million in utility bills since 2004, according to a news release.
The council also lauded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s renovation of Building 74: a three‐story, 45,382-square-foot general‐purpose research laboratory and office building that became the first lab to earn LEED platinum certification. The building is modeled to perform 42 percent better than national energy-efficiency standards.
UC Berkeley also was recognized for its policies. All of its major building projects are pursuing LEED recognition and are required to beat the energy code by at least 20 percent.
Others who received awards were:
* Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board;
* Anne Simpson, who leads the CalPERS sustainable investment project;
* Arlene Blum, a visiting scholar in chemistry at UC Berkeley whose work has helped halt the use of toxic flame retardants in children’s sleepwear and other products globally;
* King’s Beach Housing Now, a low-income housing project for workers in Tahoe National Forest; and
* The Bay Area nonprofit TransForm, which has won billions of dollars for public transportation, biking and walking projects.