Saturday, February 29, 2020

San Francisco City Hall earns LEED Platinum Certification

San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall
In a ceremony attended by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and city officials on Thursday, San Francisco’s City Hall became the oldest building in the U.S. to receive the Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Certification.

The designation is the council's highest energy and environmental design rating.

“San Francisco has long been a leader and innovator at the forefront of solutions to combat climate change, and reduce energy and water consumption,” McCarthy said. “As the entire nation watches California endure its fourth year of drought, we all must do our part to use renewable energy, be energy efficient and conserve our precious water resources.”

San Francisco’s City Hall was built in 1915. It received its rating in the Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED - EBOM) category. The building’s status came after joint efforts by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City Administrator’s Office and the EPA, which provided a $700,000 grant to upgrade the toilets and urinals to high-efficiency models. Toilets and urinals at other city civic buildings also are being upgraded.

“San Francisco City Hall is a world-class building with a storied history for trailblazing policies that have had a global impact,” San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly said. “As we approach City Hall’s centennial celebration, City Hall today makes history again as the oldest U.S. building to achieve LEED EBOM Platinum Certification, the hallmark of sustainable building design.”

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