Congratulations to the new Portola Dining Commons, which received LEED Platinum certification on December 4th, 2017; making it one of the first dining commons in the UC System to receive such a distinction. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote the construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. Within the certifications, there are four rankings: Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80 points and above). Some of the factors that are considered when assessing a building for certification are: proximity to public transportation, water use reduction, on-site renewable energy, and innovation in design - all elements that Portola demonstrated to earn a score of 84 points! UCSB holds an impressive thirty-three LEED certifications, and has over 2 million sq. ft. of building space under the LEED rating system. We are proud of Portola’s contribution to UCSB’s core value of being a sustainable campus!