Portola Receives Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

March 6, 2018
Portola Dining Commons receives LEED Platinum Certification

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!


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